Christmastime is here! Yes… believe it or not, we are done with Christmas rehearsals and getting ready for our first party tomorrow! I’m not going to lie, the entire process of the Christmas parade was very trying on me. But, last night, during our final overnight, I finally felt the Disney magic. Dancing down Main Street as “snow” was falling at 3am was a pretty cool experience, not going to lie.
I know that Christmas won’t be the same experience as Halloween was, different people, different choreography, different atmosphere, but I am getting excited for it. Plus there is little things that make the parade special. Like the “snow” that falls on Main Street or how Chip and Dale’s float smells like Christmas trees (that’s my favorite thing!).
Hopefully, I’ll have some pictures to post after the party tomorrow. Trust me, I’m like a Victorian cupcake. It’s quite a sight.
During all of these overnights, it has gotten surprisingly chilly here in good old Florida. Last night I was literally freezing when it hit about 48 degrees. My blood has definitely thinned since moving here. I’m having my mom send me a bunch of warmer clothes, including my Uggs! Who would have thought I’d need my Uggs in Florida!?! Never! I’m almost embarrassed to say I’m from Chicago and can’t handle a Florida winter.
It’s also making me miss home a bit. The cooler fall weather reminds me of everything about Naperville & Chicago during this time. But I know I’m right where I’m suppose to be and, trust me, if I was home, I’d definitely have froze to death by now after living in Florida for 5 months!
I promised an update, so here is a summary of what has been going on…
I’ve been working 7 days a week. My normal work days begin between 3:30 and 6:00 (depending on if it’s a Hoedown/Electrical Parade night or a Party night) and ends around midnight. I get home around 12:30, shower and finally fall asleep between 1 and 2. Then I sleep hard until around 11 or 12 the next day. I’m starting to like this schedule, the only hard part is when they throw me for a loop and add in an 8am rehearsal. Then I just die.
Speaking of rehearsals, Christmas rehearsals are well underway and I kind of want to die. Christmas is way different than Halloween. It’s way more technical and they are way more picky. And them being picky means they yell at us more in rehearsal. Which has not been fun at all. Plus, they make us run it over and over and over again. It’s been real hard. Our next rehearsal is with our entire unit and hopefully it will go smoothly, but I’m not holding my breathe.
Other than working and rehearsing, I’m looking for apartments and trying to figure out my next steps for going full time once my College Program ends in January. It’s slightly confusing and pretty stressful not knowing exactly what will happen in 2 months, but I’m fairly confident that everything will work out. I’ve found a good group of people to live with and I’m excited for what is to come!
As I’ve been trying to figure out my life after January, I’ve come to realize how lucky I’ve been thus far. Everything about my journey here so far could not have worked out better in my dreams. I’ve heard of people coming to Disney and having a horrible time, not making friends, not getting cast in anything, etc. I’ve been beyond lucky with my roommates, my job, the friends I’ve made through my job; just about everything about my program has been a dream come true.
But, then again, maybe it’s not all luck. I mean, I’ve only been waiting and planning out this part of my life for the past 4 years. It’s about time my dreams come true! :)