As a Disney fan, there is little I love more than reading about holidays to Walt Disney World. There is nothing that enratptures me more than hearing about travel plans, dining reservations, and hotel choices than reading or listening to people go over their holiday plans. Sometimes I pick up tips or ideas, and sometimes I’m just nosey.
If you have the same affliction, then you’re in luck because in just over six months I will be jetting off to the place where magic lives for the eighth time in my fairly short life. I’ll be crossing the Atlantic once more to touch down in Orlando, Florida and I’m going to tell you all about what we’ve planned so far.
Over the next 200 days (not that I’m counting) I’ll be sharing a lot about the planning process, from fastpasses to picking restaurants, so stick around.
Disney Parks are known throughout the world for being tonnes of fun and having amazing levels of service. Families will often save up for years to visit, so naturally they expect only the very best. Having to fulfill their exceptions as a Cast Member is difficult. They expect you to exceed their expectations. Your customer service skills have to come along very quickly when you accept a job at Disney. Nothing is ever too much trouble, which can be a challenge. But after a day of work, no matter how easy or difficult, there’s nothing like having unlimited theme park access to help you chill out and have the time of your life.
The reality of working for a company that accepts nothing less than perfection can be tough, but it’s also an amazing learning curve. If you’re going to get thrown in at the deep end (after extensive training), then why not do it with one of the best companies in the world?
By the way, if you’re looking for someone who’s going to moan about the Walt Disney Company then you’ve come to the wrong place. I adored my time working in Florida and it was a literal dream come true for me. Yes, there were highs and lows just like in any job, but overall it was one of my favourite life experiences to date. Read on to find out about the good, the bad, and the magical parts of working for Disney.
Theme park food is generally thought of as being burgers, fries, and various other forms of fast food. That might be the case at most amusement parts around the world, but Walt Disney World likes to break the mould. I’ve had some of the best meals of my life on Disney property (and it’s even more incredible on Disney Cruise Line), much to the surprise of most people.
While Disney do provide the traditional fare of pizzas and hotdogs, they also have gormet restaurants where you can sit down after a busy day of meeting characters and going on rides. Some are in the parks themselves, and others are located in the 25 Disney resort hotels as well. With so much choice, it’s hard to know what’s amazing and what’s average. Here are my top five Disney table service restaurants – when you sit down and a server brings food to your table – to help you pick where you want to eat on your next trip.
UPDATED 2017: I love watching these Disney vloggers and YouTubers whenever I can’t be at the place where magic lives. One of the main problems with loving Disney World is that you can’t be there all day, everyday. So during those depressing times when you’re not in Orlando, why not live vicariously through others? Lots of other people have filmed their whole Walt Disney World holiday experience and uploaded it for the world to see. Not only do you get to live their vacation alongside them, but it’s also a great source of inspiration for your next trip. From amazing new restaurants, to hints and tips, they have a lot of knowledge to share.
If you’re dreaming of your next holiday, get into the spirit with these six vloggers. Let me know if your favourite isn’t on my list – I’ll probably dedicate the next week of my life to catching up on all their vlogs!
UPDATE: Since writing this list, I decided to vlog my own Disney World trip! I’ve started uploading my vlogs on my own channel, so be sure to take a look. I went to Florida in 2016, and I’ve now got an annual pass at Disneyland Paris. Here’s day one of my Orlando trip:
When I tell people that I worked at Disney they usually either think I’m crazy or ask how they can do it too. Unsurprisingly, it’s really competitive and the criteria to apply are quite strict. So I’m going to go through the types of programmes you can complete and the requirements for each, and then share some of my application tips. You never know – this could be your first step towards living and working in Orlando!