Disneyland’s Paint the Night Parade

Paint the Night has been going pretty well.  My back is in pain most hours of the day, so that has been a little stressful.  But it has been so much fun performing for the guests.  On my opening night of Paint the Night I was dancing in front of a little girl and she was sitting cross legged on the edge of the curb.  She was so excited she was sitting up so tall and I could see my lit up reflection in her sparkling eyes.  It was so magical and I will never forget it. She was in awe, of me!  I feel like such a small part of this huge parade most of the time.  Especially backstage when trivial issues are blown out of proportion.  These little things upstage the fact that I am SO important out there and just a smile makes these kids’ days.

Any questions?  Here is a great article that outlines the best spots to view the parade and how to see the fireworks.  https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/best-viewing-paint-night-parade-disneyland/

 

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Mickey Ears

I am back in the land of Disney workin’ for the mouse.  I am so happy that one of my dreams came true AGAIN! Getting into parades was the best day of my life, and now I get to experience that elation some more!

Training is hours upon hours of information, but this time around I got my Mickey Mouse ears to celebrate!

This week starts my “full time” work Monday thru Friday!  Workin’ hard for the money!  Not really, I get to dance.  It’s super fun.  I never work a day in my life! SO looking forward to making some new friends, Halloween, T-Giving, my 26th birthday (omg), and Christmas!  This time last year I was aboard the Celebrity Century sailing to Hawaii and Mexico. While an amazing experience, being away from family and friends was pretty rough.

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My Favorite Food In Southern California

These are my favoritest and bestest places to go and enjoy some delicious food all in one magical day.  After traveling to some amazing parts of the world, I do have some newly acquired tastes, but when I came home the first thing I did was knock off all of my favorite food places!  Isn’t it strange how we love the comforts of home so much?!  If I had an ideal foodie day in California here is what it would entail:

 

Breakfast at Ruby ‘s on the Huntington Beach Pier.  Sit on the second floor and overlook the sparkling blue ocean while gorging on Cinnamon Roll French Toast.  Just get there before 11am or you’ll miss breakfast.

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Lunch at Jan’s Health Food in Huntington Beach.  Sit outside in the sun and people watch.  Order a Surf Shop Special with half turkey avo sandwich and broccoli cheddar soup with chips.  Outstanding.  And you feel healthy after that sugary breakfast! 😉

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Just head down PCH and enjoy a 15 min scenic road trip to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Newport Beach.  After some light shopping at South Coast Plaza, look out over the ocean and chow down on a dark chocolate sprinkle cake.  Yum.

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Dinner at 25 Degrees downtown HB.  The pesto, roasted tomato, and mozzarella burger is the best burger Ive ever had.

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Finally, after watching the fireworks at Disneyland, get the chocolate souffle bread pudding at Downtown Disney in Anaheim at The Jazz Kitchen.  To die for!

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WOW…IM MOVING TO LAS VEGAS! (this is a good story…) SRSLY (maybe)

Well, it is 1:33am and I am supposed to be in bed.  But how can I sleep when i have SO much to do?!  The last thing I need is a cold to weaken me at the crucial moment in life, but I just feel like blogging!  Havn’t posted since March, but MAN a LOT has happened.

Not only was I offered a full time spot at Disney, but two weeks later, I got a call at 1am Texas time, 11pm OC time, 11pm Vegas time.  I was in Texas for my other job’s leadership conference.  So I get a call, and its the company manager of Jubilee, the longest running show in Las Vegas, the legendary, most amazing, beautiful dance show in one of the world’s entertainment capitals.  Like.  WOW.

They offered me a spot in the company as a SHOWGIRL!  I will be there till September, if not longer.

Now you have to understand, and maybe you’ve seen my posts, I have wanted to move to Vegas to be a showgirl for a LONG time!  This was a dream, a passion, an adventure.  So when I get this call, a year after I auditioned, in a strange hotel room in Texas….like…is this real life?!

I even had photos of the Jubilee dancers on my “vision board.”  Should I explain a vision board?  My aunt told me do to this because when you see your goals everyday, you are reminded of them.  You clearly see them and actively work toward those goals.  This one to be exact:

Along with this infamous sign:

I would glance at these unassuming photos on my “vision board” everyday during college thinking how unattainable they really were.  Vegas?  Professional dancer?  There are so many others wanting the same role, same show.  How would I get offered that coveted spot?  But also thinking “THAT WILL BE ME ONE DAY.” Sigh.  Smile.  Back to writing essay.  😉

Well life works in mysterious ways, or not so mysterious, because sometimes it just comes out of the blue and opportunity LITERALLY calls.  So I’m in my hotel room and the company manager says there is a spot open, are you interested?  I’m like uuhhhhhhhhhhh (like an idiot).  She laughs at me, so I explain that I have a GREAT job with Disney.  Well she tells me to think about it for 48 hours and call her back.

FORTY EIGHT HOURS?!  I can’t decide where I want to EAT in 48 hours.

After much emotional stress, in Texas, phone calls, tears, nose blowing, no sleep, high tensions, and finally peace:  I AM MOVING TO LAS VEGAS, SIN CITY!

Hopefully I can chronicle my journey here better than my time at Disney.  But I’m not sure how much time I will actually have.  I will be keeping my social media job remotely during the day, and doing two shows a night, 6 nights a week, every week.  :/

Point of the story is:  boy, do dreams come true.  I am so overwhelmed with the love and support from my fellow cast members, friends and family.  Disney is such an amazing company that I really want to go back to someday soon.  I can’t believe I am joining ANOTHER great cast in such a short amount of time.  I guess that is showbiz though.  If they need someone, you have to jump at the chance, because there is always someone else to grab it from you. And they will!  and you will never get it back!  But really, i never thought I would be offered the chance at all.

I auditioned for this show almost 1 year ago exactly.  I had just graduated from college and this is the first thing i set my sights on.  The glamorous life of a showgirl.  I just always knew I wanted to be different, to lead a separate life from corporate America.  Life is short, so why not do what you want, if you can?

So when they say “we’ll keep you on file,”  they really mean it!  A year ago I auditioned (chronicled on my blog), and came away crying because I didn’t know why I got cut. Spent the rest of the day at Hard Rock Rehab Pool Party w dad drinking huge frozen margaritas.   It’s a brutal, brutal world, entertainment.  But in fact, they loved me! They just didn’t have a spot open for my height at that time.

I cried so much last Monday night I got the amazing phone call.  My friends, boyfriend, and sister can attest to that.  I was flooded with so many emotions I didn’t know what to do with them.  The thoughts of MOVING, LEAVING, DANCING, VEGAS, all running through my head.  But most of all, it didn’t seem like reality.  I really thought the next day I would wake up to find out it wasn’t real.  I kept rubbing my eyes and blinking to see if I would awake back in my own room.  But it happened. 🙂

I am so honored, excited, and ready to join this cast!  Still not real.  Shit will get real when I have my last day at Disney next Friday and will take off on my road trip to Las Vegas Saturday morning.

My goals for this week are to:  Take the pre employment drug test tomorrow.  And start packing!  Going to spend the day with boyfriend tomorrow and Friday.  Hopefully no tears!  If anyone has moving advice, Vegas advice, or any other comments, Id love to hear them!