Watch on to find out more about my personal experience as a cast member in merchandise at Walt Disney World.
I believe that the only thing that I forgot to mention (well briefly alluded to) in the video is merchantainment. Merchantainment means entertaining guests. You can do this while working the many functions of your role. I have gotten to do it much more so while I was in greeter role at my store, which I haven’t been doing as much lately.
While merchantaining you can generally chat with the guests, give out stickers or buttons or even play games with them. I’ve even asked children for their autographs “because Mickey asked me to do so”. Another small touch is asking for a guest’s “autograph” instead of their signature when they have to sign for a purchase. Those are the kind of small, yet fun personal touches that add to a guest’s experience. I’m pretty burnt out right now and forgot to mention them in the video. They are definitely worth knowing about though. I may do another video strictly about merchantaining in the future.
from the official DisneyCPInterns channel
I haven’t worked World of Disney yet (due to the construction/traffic/parking issues currently happening in Downtown Disney, aka the soon to be Disney Springs). I do plan to one day though. I have worked the Emporium (the biggest store in Magic Kingdom).
As of the time of this post, it’s been almost three months since I started the Disney College Program. I recorded this apartment tour video within the first two weeks of moving in. So yeah, it was a while ago. Wi-fi is terrible in the complexes so my blogging has been nonexistent.
Nonetheless, enjoy and I hope it will help if you are about to do the program and trying to pick your top apartment choice.
You may also enjoy:
DCP: What is the Disney College Program?
Disney College Program: Interviews & Roles
DCP: Packing for the Disney College Program
DCP: My Disney College Program Entertainment Audition
You know how much I adore the work of Mina Vaughn. Check out this excerpt from her upcoming 2015 release, How to Punish Your Playboy.
According to Mina Vaughn:
HOW TO PUNISH YOUR PLAYBOY is about a pin-up model and the naughty restaurateur she manages to tame. You’ll love watching her teach this spoiled playboy a lesson.
Trust me, ladies, when I say you’re going to want Aston Delano to prepare all your tasty delights. He’s got sensitive taste buds and knows how to fork.
I walked instead toward the man who bought the car…and the date with me, just as he was settling up with the charity. They handed him the keys and I felt my stomach clench. It was over. I placed my hand on his wrist and smiled. “Thank you. It’s a great cause.”
The suited man stood by the window of the convertible and lowered his glasses as he peered inside. “She’s a beauty,” his low voice purred. I felt my body tingle at its tenor.
“It’s a he.”
The man looked up. “Excuse me?”
“Johnny. My car. It’s a he, not a she.”
He walked behind the car and bent to look underneath. “Sorry, didn’t notice those. I’ll just pretend it’s cold out.”
I stifled a chuckle.
The man slid his glasses completely off, folded them and tucked them neatly in his jacket pocket. He stood there in the summer heat, fully dressed in a stifling business suit, and not a bead of sweat graced his forehead. I hated the way I was gawking at him—I was typically under control when it came to my hormones, but this guy was making my brain do naughty mental gymnastics.
“Allow me to introduce myself,” he said, extending his hand to me, “I’m Aston Delano.”
excerpt is via Mina Vaughn
You can pre-order the book here on Amazon (Note: This is an affiliate link.)
So, after knowing that I’ve been accepted into the DCP since March, I’m finally really packing just days before my departure. It’s difficult to decide what to pack for four months. You need business, casual, workout and sleep wear. Plus shoes! I actually went with a smaller suitcase. This one was coming out to a little over 40lbs, which is the cut off. I’m not going to pay $100 extra (which Spirit charges if you are over). Instead my smaller suitcase is coming out to about 29lbs.
You may also enjoy:
What is the Disney College Program?
Disney College Program: Interviews & Roles/
My Disney Online Submission Character Audition
DCP: My Disney College Program Entertainment Audition
DCP: Lifeguard Role Info pre Disney College Program
5 out of 5
How to Reprimand Your Rock Star
by Mina Vaughn
published by Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster)
release date: July 21, 2014
provided by NetGalley
Last year, rising author Mina Vaughn released my favorite book of the year, How to Discipline Your Vampire. BDSM has become mainstream in the last few years. However, Mina’s twist is that she writes strong, multi-dimensional heroines who take the dom role. Yes, sexy women in control!
Earlier this year, she released an excerpt from her newest novel, How to Reprimand Your Rock Star. It definitely got me psyched for the release.
As with her previous novel, Vaughn puts the woman in the dom role. This time, we get a dom who is just discovering this side of her sexuality. This isn’t just a romance novel about the couple. It’s also about a woman who is coming into her own in many areas of her life.
Thea is a freshman in college, who is there to show off her basketball skills. We not only get to read about her love life but also her love of the game. I am not an athlete and really only enjoy shooting hoops solo. Vaughn writes in a way that lets everyone understand Thea’s point of view. She doesn’t assume that you know things, even basic things like the game H-O-R-S-E, but she also doesn’t dumb down any of the explanations. Keaton is a rock star, but Thea’s not familiar with his work. This and their shared interest in BDSM are what initially draw them together.
The most important thing to remember is that Thea is driven. She’s driven in all areas of her life. So when she meets a super sexy older man, Keaton, she goes full speed ahead at that as well. She does her BDSM research and practice, to the max!
Since Thea is new to the BDSM scene, it’s refreshing to watch her learn, through her eyes. She gets a bad ass, super sultry mentor, Scarlett. These are some wonderful parts of the book. I never felt like, oh, just get this over with and get back to the main couple. No, these parts really added to Thea’s journey.
Yes, this book is full of what is fantasy for many of us, when it comes to the rock star life. Plus, it offers a hint of what ivy league college life is like to those of us who haven’t ventured in that direction with our lives. What’s very cool though is that there are many small touches here and there that truly make the story feel realistic. There’s an overenthusiastic best friend, lots of text and Facebook drama and dealing with a, sometimes, long distance relationship.
All of that and the sex. Yes, the sex scenes are fab. If you enjoy a lot of introductory BDSM play and a good deal of foreplay, they are probably perfect for you.
It’s often easy to assume that a book like this will definitely end happily but there is actually a sense of will they or won’t they, because of their conflicting schedules.
I highly recommend reading How to Reprimand Your Rock Star. If you enjoyed Vaughn’s first book then you should definitely have this on your to buy list. There are some parallels between the two, though they are their own stories. If you haven’t read How to Discipline Your Vampire for whatever reason (maybe you don’t like vampires), jump on this. No, you don’t have to be into sports to cheer on Thea. Her story is not always easy, but definitely, always a good ride.
You can buy How to Reprimand Your Rock Star here on Amazon. (Note: Clicking this Amazon link and making a purchase will yield a small commission for this site.)
photo is by Shannon Michelle Photography, via Vaughn’s tumblr