I like balance. On the 2nd of November I posted a blog detailing my first three day working at Disneyland. Six months later, my contract has come to an end and I am no longer a Cast Member. In the interest of balance then, here’s a look at my last three days working for the one and only, Mickey Mouse…
Thursday 26th April
A 9am start. Which meant taking the 8:02 bus, which meant I should have gotten up at 7am. But alas I overslept and rolled out of bed at 7:53. I kid you not – 7:53. Yet, somehow I made it to the bus. When you forego things like showering, eating breakfast and mascara the time it takes to get radically reduced. The downside is of course, looking a little dishevelled.
Coincidentally Thursday was not only the day I overslept, but also the day we had our Remise de Diplome ( the day we received our diplomas having completed the programme). AKA a day that involves picture taking. So some people made a special effort, meanwhile I had not even brushed my hair.
It was somewhat un-organised, as in we weren’t clear on what was happening until it was. But all was well. Diplomas were received, cringey pictures taken, and Mickey graduation hats tried on. You don’t get to keep the graduation hat, which is a little rude if you ask me. Although it’s unlikely I would have managed to squeeze it into my case.
Most importantly there were refreshments afterwards aka CAKE! Which made up for the cake we had not recieved on our last day of class. Our teacher had promised us cake on our last day. I will never get over the betrayal.
Everything wrapped up before 4pm, giving us enough time to catch the last Pirates and Princesses Parade;
1. Peter Pan is such a sweetheart!
2. The Pirates and Princesses Festival is such a hit. It’s so much fun. I miss it 😦
3. The music – so damn good
We also watched Mickey and The Magician ( the most magical show at Disneyland Paris), faced the Tower of Terror ( it was my first time, I should have done it sooner) and Rock n’ Roll Rollercoaster ( a new kind of hell).
To celebrate, and also because Sophie is MAGIC, we had a special dinner with Mickey et ses amis at Café Mickey. Very cute, lots of fun, and actual food (something lacking in my final week in Paris!).
Friday 27th April
Friday I was sent on a transfer, to the Kiosques in Walt Disney Studios Park. Nice – getting the chance to work in both Parks. Not nice – not knowing where to go. But as ever, all worked out well and I found the Kiosque headquarters and the Cast Member I would be working with. He was super nice – Thank you for making my 2ndlast day so much fun!
It was also incredibly easy. Disney, should I ever return, the kiosques are where I wanna go!
Although I realised just how little I know about Studios. Somebody asked me where he could meet Mickey, and I honestly did not have a clue. Oops. I hope you found him!
I had a slight hiccup in the afternoon when, an hour from finishing, I realised I had not badged in. Meaning I had worked all day for nothing – pas badge, pas paye. To be honest, I was too happy to be particularly bothered. I did speak to a Team Leader though, he said he would sort it. Next month’s pay check will show whether he did or not.
After work I met with a friend who has just become a Cast Member. Sadly we were too late for Tower of Terror (I was disappointed, she was relieved). So we spent the evening in the Disneyland Park instead (the best Park).
We laughed at foolish things, swapped work stories and bought some of those big-ass lolli-pops. We also went on Autopia, for a ride that involves driving a car around a track its actually good fun. Although, with good company most things are fun!
Sending you lots of love and lots of luck Kayowa!!
Saturday 28th April
My last day as a Cast Member.
First things first I had to go to Auchan because my cupboards were BARE. I don’t feel the frozen spinach that was in my freezer is worth mentioning. So I bought some breakfast, which I ate in Imaginations canteen.
Pretty soon pangs of ‘lasts’ started to hit me;
- I had already came through the Minnie Gate (entrance to backstage) for the last time
- I was sitting in Imaginations for the last time
- I would soon go to costuming for the last time and take my last ever costume.
And so, yes, I arrived to work somewhat emotionally fragile (whats new HA). The day was, however, really good. No super annoying guest, no mistakes on my part. In fact, after lunch it was so quiet that I spent my last few hours doing RIEN, which is always nice.
After I had badged out (for the last time!) I hung around for an hour until Bradley was finished – walk in together, walk out together. And then it was time for us to go.
In many ways our last day was quite the anti-climax. No big fuss, no over the top farewells. It was better that way, those big fusses will be the death of me. However, I do hope my co-workers know how grateful I am to have worked with such a friendly and welcoming group of people.
That evening was spent in the park. Naturally. I wanted my last time watching Illuminations (fireworks show at the each day) to be perfect. But sadly it was not so. Why, I hear you asking. Let me answer in bullet points:
- Far too many people – ew
- If you have a stroller how and why are you in the middle of this big crowd?
- Why are you leaving halfway through, obstructing my view even more?
- Those people with strollers who were pushing their way out halfway through. No comment
- The age old dilemma of having the perfect view, until someone lifts up their child and now you can see NADA, RIEN, NULL
- The 21stCentury dilemma of seeing nothing and yet seeing everything through a hundred different phone, tablet and camera screens. It will always look best through your eyes – please people, at least let me enjoy the spectacle!
So my last time watching Illuminations was far from magic. And although I was a little disappointed, that’s just the way things go. I have watched Illuminations on random nights after work and cried (I know it’s not Dreams, but it’s still beautiful), I have seen the fireworks from behind the castle and been in awe at the magic. And the night I take the time to plan it, the result is meh.
Those magic moments can’t be forced, the just happen. And so, we need to learn to embrace them and enjoy them while we can.
Flash forward to after Illuminations and after all the crowds had left ( it took a LONG time), as Jennifer and I were standing in Central Plaza enjoying the Castle view and guestless Main Street. It was there that we witnessed a very cute proposal. She said yes, he was crying, my night was made. Magic moments- you never know when they’ll find you.
Our night ended in Five Guys. I can’t say anything about the burgers, but I can say that the fries are top-notch. Many thanks to Jennifer and her car for saving me from that walk to Les Pleiades from the bus stop!
And that rounds up my last three days as a Cast Member. Little did I know I was about to face a hell like no other in packing up 7 months in 2 days…..
À la Prochain