It Just Keeps Getting More Magical!

IMG_2839 Yesterday was Traditions, the super special first orientation day! I won’t spoil the surprises for anyone who will be a future cast member, but just know that it is the BEST day ever!! Having Traditions means you get your Blue ID, and you can enter the parks for free with it! Obviously I headed to the parks with the Exit Buddies (Jessie, Ashton, Chelsea, Hope and Cassandra!) as soon as I was out of Traditions!! We had the most magical day in Magic Kingdom. Here are some amazing pictures! Click on them to enlarge!

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I played Phillipe the Horse in Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom. She was my favorite princess growing up, so excuse my fangirling!

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We, the Lost Girls, swear on pain of death to fight pirates, take pirate treasure and capture Indians!

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Isn’t she just so beautiful?! We princess-posed with her!

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We had a very magical day! After some transportation trouble, Ashton, Chels and I met up with Jessie, Hope and Cassandra in Magic Kingdom! Ashton, Chelsea and I missed half of the Festival of Fantasy, but we walked in when Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tink were floating by! And I pretty much died. Yes, I did cry. No, I am SO not ashamed! We all got the “I’m Celebrating” buttons and had “Dreams Come True” written on them! We shopped around a little and started riding rides after getting pixie dusted at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We pretty much walked onto Pirates of the Caribbean ride, had a fast pass for the Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion, and walked right into Enchanted Tales with Belle! We stopped to get some pizza flatbreads at Pinocchio’s Village Haus, met Peter Pan and Aurora, and watched the Electrical Parade! It was such a great day, and we had NO plans. Sometimes you just have to “let it go!”

Have a magical rest of your day!!

VLOG IS LIVE

Hey y’all!

So wifi is BACK and I was able to edit and post my first vlog in Disney to YouTube! It’s a long one so it may not be interesting, but if you wanted a breakdown of what the first few days are like, definitely tune in!

You can find the video HERE!

Have a magical night!

Easy Street

Hello Humans!

So as you can probably already tell, no videos have been posted, which means NO WIFI. I am dying. I’m not even able to do my homework for the 3 online classes I’m taking so now I’m super stressing out!
On the Disney side of things: life is good! I feel that being at college prepared me well for the living situation. Besides missing Lucas Miles an insane amount, I haven’t really gotten homesick and can deal with all the housing issues! Vista Way is Vista Way and we’re just taking it one step at a time!🙈
As far as actual activities I’ve done, it’s pretty sparse. This week has been really easy for me! I was free all Monday, had casting and housing Tuesday (both filled with paperwork and magic!), and today I had an extra step for my role in the morning, but the rest of the day is mine! Tomorrow I am free the whole day, and Friday is Traditions (!!), which I cannot wait for!!!! I start my training on Sunday, and right now I only know of my first training day on Monday (they are 10+ hour days). So this week, I still have two free days but no access to the parks. I’ll get my homework done and hopefully explore more!
I’m also interested in getting an Annual Pass to Universal. I’m sure I’ll go there more than 2 times in the six months I’m here, and the Pass is cheaper than two tickets of admission! So in my eyes, it sounds like a good deal.
I am pretty tired because of the early mornings and staying up late with roommates, but once I start working, I’ll lay out a good schedule.
All in all, my DCP first days are awesome. I can’t wait for Internet, but once I have that, it will be smooth sailing!
Have a wonderful rest of your day friends and family! And especially YOU, Lucas Miles 🙂

Sending love and Pixie Dust!

A New Way of Life

So I’m all moved into my (lovely?) apartment! I’m Vista Way, which was my last choice. BUT I ended up loving it! Jessie and I are roomies, and she’s just super fantabulous! We have 4 other lovely roommates and we will get along just great!
Even though I didn’t do much but check in today, I’ve been going for like 12 hours! Unpacking and placing everything in my room took about 4, then my roommates and I got to know each other, then came the dreaded WalMart trip! It was insanely busy and the selection was really picked over. But I got everything I needed for a pretty cheap price so I’m happy! I have a semi-easy week ahead of me, so I’ll probably wake up early tomorrow to talk to Lucas Miles on his way to school and get myself situated with the bus schedule and do last-minute decorating!
My vlog is not going up today, unfortunately! We have no internet so I’m writing this post from my phone! Hopefully it will be up and running tomorrow!
Until then, have a magical night!

The Hardest Goodbye and the Biggest Move!

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WOO! I’m here!

It’s been a busy weekend, and I’m finally in Orlando and ready to start my new adventure! A quick recap of what my last days in PA were like:

The entire past week was filled with packing (let me know if you’d like the list I used to pack. I fit everything in two suitcases and a backpack!) so I could enjoy my weekend. And enjoy it I did! Friday I finished packing early in the morning, went the the mall with my mom, and enjoyed a fun-filled night with Lucas Miles!

Saturday we were up bright and early to go to the Baltimore Aquarium (and just spend the day in Baltimore)! Lucas Miles and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on Saturday since it was the last full day that we would spend together. We spent every second of it together too! Check out some of the cool fishies we saw, and how much fun we had:

We went to the Cheesecake Factory and had entirely too much to eat!! We finished the night by watching Generation Iron (Lucas Miles is a bodybuilder!) and snacking just a little bit more. After a tearful goodbye, I had to change gears and “jet” off to the airport!

Traveling was what you’d expect it to be, nothing out of the ordinary! Sunny Orlando was a sight for sore eyes after months of snow and cold!!

I’m spending the rest of the night making sure I have all of the paperwork I need, trying to fit everything into suitcases, and finishing some homework! Tomorrow’s a big day- CHECK IN! It will also be my first vlog day! Wish me luck!

Until then, have a wonderful rest of your night!

The Countdown Continues

Less than two weeks remain until my great adventure in the Happiest Place on Earth, and I’m feeling a lot of mixed emotions. Actually, this is kind of heavy… so strap in!

When I got my acceptance letter, I was knee-deep in clubs, organizations, classes, and friends. Literally. When I got the acceptance email, I was next up to present my status report at our PRSSA meeting. Though I was shaking with excitement, a few voices immediately asked what I was going to do about the rest of my year, one of those voices being my own.

Because I was so busy, I didn’t have time to comprehend exactly what I was getting myself into, how I would do it, and how it would affect me and the people in my life. First and foremost: my love, Lucas.

Lucas has been nothing but supportive of my decision to go to Florida. When I received my acceptance, he was the first person I called. With our luck, he had class for three hours at that exact time and couldn’t call back. Well, the initial excitement turned into nervousness when I saw his name and ringtone buzz on my phone. We’ve been in a successful long-distance relationship for over a year, and each day I find something new about him to love. With that being said, we can’t wait to spend summers together. We live close(ish) to each other when we’re home. Last year I spent my entire summer at college orientating the new freshman, and he was overseas. We were really looking forward to spending the summer together and finally feeling like a normal couple. My acceptance email brought that fantasy crashing down though: the program I was awarded was Spring Advantage (February 2015-August 2015). Nervousness seeped into every cell I had when I picked up the phone to talk to him (all the while, I’m still at this PRSSA meeting). I’m not going to lie, it was a hard conversation. Being part of the DCP was something I had yearned for for years, but with Lucas in my life, my priorities had changed. He was the most important thing to me, and the biggest factor that affected my decision. Being the perfect boyfriend he was, he ended the phone call with an ultimatum: “Either you do the Disney College Program, or we break up.” In every instance and every way, he puts my needs and wants before his own and never ceases to amaze me.

While that story is all well and good, it’s not where it ends. This decision was not easy for us. We’ve had our moments of serious discussions about the impact of the program on various aspects of our lives. There’ve been good and bad days with the DCP in our minds, and I don’t think every day will be perfect again until I’m back home. I’m going to decline sharing more on this, because ultimately, it is between Lucas and I, and there are a few things we would like to keep private. I just want everyone to know how perfect he is being, and that I appreciate and cling to his support more than he’ll ever know. He truly is the most amazing man out there. 🙂

My parents divorced when I was 16, and 4 years later I still try my hardest to abide to the 50/50 custody we all agreed on. Obviously, things come up and it can’t be a perfect system, but I try to do the best I can. Juggling two family who want me full-time, along with my adopted family (Lucas’) who also want me full time does end up taking a toll. I’ve always wanted to please everyone, even if it hurts me. And for the past 4 years, I feel like I’ve been doing that. Every time I turn around or make a decision, I feel like I’m hurting someone. I’ll be honest, I’m a young girl in love, so I spend most of my time around Lucas and his family. But then that takes away from my mom or my dad, who haven’t gotten to see me at all in a week or more. And then when I try to visit them, I miss Lucas so then I’m miserable. It’s a never-ending circle and it’s really, really hard. Lucas and I fantasize about getting married and starting our own life daily, and one thing I’m so excited for is to finally have my own life with someone I love. I think that’s another reason I’m excited to go to Disney. No one is going to tell me what to do there. Their reach can’t touch me 1000 miles away, living my own life, paying my own bills. I just wish Lucas could experience it with me, and move down with me. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to be away from my best friend for seven months until now. I’ve laughed with him, I’ve cried with him; I’ve spent the best of my life with him, and a little of the worst. I know it’s going to be the hardest goodbye I ever say. And I know it’s not a fatal goodbye; it’s a “see-you-later.” But it really just hit me that I’m less than 10 days away from leaving everything I’ve known for so long and I’m scared.

Maybe the DayQuil I’ve been taking to rid me of a horrible cold is kicking in or maybe I’m over-emotional, or maybe it’s both. Disney is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to make fantastic memories with everyone I’ve already met, but I know I’m leaving a lot behind too. I refuse to see it as leaving behind though. They’re all coming with me, they’ll be in my mind and in my heart. And I wear Lucas’ dogtags every day to remind me just how lucky and blessed by God I am.

So now for the happy part… I GO TO DISNEY IN NINE DAYS! I’ve been waiting for months to get the countdown to single-digits and it’s finally here! I actually have a lot more to pack and I’m getting nervous about housing (my roommates and I were all split up:'(, but we’re still doing a gift exchange and going to dinner and being best friends!!) and my role (I’m in entertainment so lots of people will be seeing me, and I don’t want to mess up!), but I think I’ll be fine once I get into the groove. Keep up with me via this blog and my YouTube Channel!

If you’re still here, I congratulate you. This blog just acted as a therapist for me this last hour, and it felt damn good to get all those feelings out. Cheers 🙂