Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This is Halloween...

     Posting, posting, haven't done any posting in a long time. I've been rather busy though. My best friends are my books and my laptop, and both occupy me wonderfully. Well, it's been Mickey's Halloween Party here for the last several weeks and park attendance has been ridiculous. Every couple of nights people without wristbands get kicked out of the park at six or seven (if you plan a visit ALWAYS check the park closing time to be safe). When we work GSO (guest control-those ravishing red vests-the other day they ran out of ties so we got silky black bow ties. Yummy.) we check for wristbands, and if you haven't got one, then in the nicest way possible we say "What? You didn't pay extra. Go home. We don't want you."
This, my friends, is a pumpkin
     The party itself is mostly just a cool lights show on the castle, Halloween themed music, extra characters are out, and Disney hands out candy. The lines are way short too. The guests tend to be more demanding (for $50 a person, I would be too), but it's fun to work because of all the costumes. My favorites were: Pricilla and Anastasia, who were older ladies who TOTALLY played it up and they had a little girl with them who they dressed as Cinderella. It was adorable. We also had a Scarlett and Rhet Butler where the Scarlett had on her dress made from the drapes. They looked perfect. And we had the auctioneer and red-headed-wench from Pirates of the Caribbean. Not only were their costumes and wigs perfect, but the make-up the guy was wearing made him look creepily exactly like the animatronic.
     The first Tomorrowland staff Halloween party was the other day. Needless to say, it was a little disorganized: I guess a couple of managers threw it together. I'm glad they did though. There was a treat judging contest, and people got super creative for that. Cupcakes with brains, marshmallows with Frankenstein. And it was allll tasty. Then we rode Space Mountain a couple times straight because no one was in line. We also had "Hauntopia". Here's the thing about Disney staff: alot of them have worked other theme parks...as scarers. So we got on the creepy nighttime Autopia track(I never realized how much more menacing that track seems at night...), and had all manner of people dressed up as zombies and murderers greet us along the way. There were three of us crammed into my car, and we spent the whole time trying to figure out who was who, since all the scarers were people we knew.
    Yesterday, I went for a walk near the apartments and found some interesting things. Not only is Muzeo right here, but not far off is a community center. When I was there they were displaying kinetic sculptures that were really, really neat. They were Halloween themed and were the kind that made you not sure if you should jump, or just wonder what was wrong with the artist. It was a pretty fall day out and so I got to see all the interesting houses. This is a historic district it turns out, so there are some super neat houses. The library is right next to the bus stop, and since I've gotten my handydandy temp card, I went there and got myself some books. Hooray!! Also, every Wednesday night the 195 does free karaoke (there's a couple amazing old black guys who sing)...I was deaf in one ear the first time I went...boy...that was interesting. I always go with my neighbor and we do ridiculous songs, and the DJ gives us dirty looks, so we have a good time.

Zocalo park celebrates Dios De Los Muertos
Buzz crew and one nemo-er at the Halloween party
     On another tangent, I visited what my family likes to call the "Disney Costco". Company D. I spent a long time wandering back and forth, stopped several times for directions, and in the end, I had passed it assuming it was part of another building. Fantastic, right?  But I did find it and was able to get all sorts of stuff for Christmas presents for cheap. Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly counting down the days just yet, but for buying gifts, I don't wait if I can get it for cheap at the moment. Cheap is what I do. Oh, and the other day I had a nightmare...I was working Thunder Mountain, but I didn't know how. I have never been so terrified in my life. That's what this job will do to you. The wheelchair guests were being super difficult too in my dream. Man, it was weird.

Long time, no post!

Ahoy there! It's been a while since I last posted- only excuse is that if I'm not working, I've been playing at the parks.

Work: I love my job. Honestly, it gets better every day. I love love love working the glow carts. Here's a pic that my friend took of me while I was working at Not So Scary:





















Yeah, I look a little angry. One of my other friends took a picture while I was smiling, but they all came up to my cart at a REALLY crazy time. That's my "Don't touch that! Stop pressing the buttons! No, none of this is free!" face. But I promise, I really really enjoy it! I like being out in the middle of the park and getting to see the shows and parades. And the Halloween parade is one of my favorites.

Also, here are some pictures from September 27th. I finally tracked them down- this is from when I went to the Halloween party as a guest.
















This is the group I went with. This is us waiting in line to meet the seven dwarves.

















And this is us with the dwarves! They were so awesome!

Let's see, what else have I done... Oh! I went on a backstage tour of the Haunted Mansion!

It.

Was.

AWESOME.

Seriously. I highly recommend it.

So here's the story: Sunday night, I worked Glow for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. I got off at 00:45. Took the bus home, got home around 1:30. I chatted with my roommate until about three, and then I watched Community episodes on my laptop until 5:30. See, I had tried to go on the tour the previous week, and I epic failed because I couldn't wake myself up enough after my glow shift to go. So at 5:30, I started to get ready. One of my awesome coworkers lives in the apartment complex next to mine, so she was giving me a ride(the tour was for College Program interns from Adventureland Merchandise). We left at 6, and got to the cast parking lot at about 6:20ish. Most of the other people going on the tour were there, too. We got on the white bus to go into the park.

Once we got to the utilidors, a couple of us dropped things off in our lockers, and we headed upstairs. We came up by Columbia Harbor House and walked over to the Haunted Mansion. We had to meet our group by 6:45.

While we were waiting, we got to watch a bunch of the Christmas floats go through the parade route further down in Liberty Square. (Side note: I'm super excited for the parade! I probably won't go to the cast preview, buuut I'm working Glow for the very first party).
The cast member from the Haunted Mansion came out. She greeted us and took our IDs. We walked into the mansion through the VIP entrance. While she was getting the animation turned on, we chatted and got more and more excited. Finally, the maintenance guys began turning on the animation, and we began walking through. Apparently people spit on things in the Haunted Mansion as they're going through  the ride. SUPER DISGUSTING. So we had to be careful not to touch things unless our guide touched them first.

I really wish I could describe everything, but it's just not possible. So I'll give you a couple of fun facts: There are 9 hidden Jack Skellingtons throughout the Haunted Mansion. Some of them, you can't even see from the Doom Buggies, because they were kind of put there for the benefit of the cast members. But keep a look out for them! Also, the dresses that the dancing ghosts are wearing in the ballroom are the same as the dresses the princesses used to wear when they just walked through the parks without any attendants.

I'll post more pictures as soon as I get them together. Our coordinator took a bunch of group pictures, and after the tour was over, we got to ride through and take flash pictures, which was pretty cool. So I'll try to get some of those pics to put up here. Here's what I have for now:
















So there are monsters throughout the ride. This is one of them. See the teeth, eyes, and tongue?





















That's Master Gracey, the master of the mansion.

















Madame Leota, who is actually LEOTA TOOMBS.

















And the singing busts! Woohoo!

After the tour was over, we all went on Peter Pan's Flight, since it was only a five-minute wait, and then we scattered. I went home to get some sleep since I had work at 8:15 PM that night.

And that's pretty much it! Have a magical day!