"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."  
-Walt Disney

Hello everyone!
Welcome to the first post of my blog. For as long as I can remember, the Walt Disney company and all of its characters have been a huge part of my life. As a 90s kid, I grew up right in the middle of Disney's major motion picture cartoons. Movies like "The Little Mermaid", "Mulan", "The Lion King", and "Hercules" first sparked my imagination and continue to, even today. My parents first took me to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida when I was three. My mom was pregnant with my brother and to this day, I think she must've been a superhero, chasing me around the park with a big tummy. I went back again when I was five, and this time my brother got to see it too! 
Since that first visit, my family has gone to Disney World more times than I can recall. It has become a preferred spot for our family vacation and over the years we've taken family and friends along. Even now, at 22, Disney still holds magic for me. It may not be the same as it was when I was five, but there is just something about it that is awe-inspiring. 
That being said, during the years that my family and I have gone down to Disney World, we always talked about (jokingly) one day working at Disney World. My dad still wants to retire down to Florida and pilot either a boat or a monorail =) We talked about it and talked about it, but it never seemed like an actual possibility. Until...
Last fall a friend of mine became a Castmember as part of the Disney College Program. I saw her pictures and I will admit, I was so green with jealousy I was practically Donald Duck. I asked her about the program and she directed me to the Disney College Program site. From then, I checked every week until this February when the application finally opened. I submitted my application the day it opened, knowing that this was without a doubt what I wanted to do after I graduated college. The application process was extremely quick, but no less nerve-wracking than every other job I applied for. More so, in fact, because unlike the other jobs, this one meant so much more to me.
An application, online questionnaire, and a phone interview later,I was officially offered a position with the Disney College Program. If you'd like to know my reaction, well this is the closest approximation...
Needless to say, I wanted to accept right away. But my parents, ever caring, wanted me to take some time to consider the offer, particularly the financial side of things (gotta be able to support myself). That night I did a complete financial analysis and the next day I had officially accepted. It was the shortest consideration I've ever given anything.
So, as I anxiously wait until May, I've begun this blog. I will hopefully be updating it regularly once I arrive in Florida and join the ranks of Disney Castmembers.
-Katie
 





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