After we knew our room assignments, we were allowed to go. Some people were assigned times to go to Disney Casting, but because I was not given a time, I was told I should just go to Casting. Once there, I was given another packet with the time of my Disney Traditions Class as well as the time of a meeting I had with the Animal Programs Coordinators later in the day. We were all led from room to room, filling out tax information, signing papers stating that we would follow the Disney "rules" so-to-speak, and comply with the "Disney Look." We were also fingerprinted and had a background check. It was somewhat of a lengthy process, but Disney seemed pretty organized and people were very friendly. They were there to help you if you needed it, and more than willing to answer any questions you might have. By time I was finished, it was around noon.
I met up with my family and boyfriend and we headed to Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney for lunch (which is an AMAZING sandwich shop, in case you were wondering... so good...). We relaxed for a little while and shopped before I had to be back at Casting at 2:00pm for my Animal Programs meeting.
The meeting was for all of the Disney Professional Interns working in the Animal Programs Department. Most of us were Conservation Education Presenters, but there were also some individuals that would be working in other areas around Animal Kingdom (like Animal Nutrition, Animal Behavior, etc.) and in Epcot at the Seas with Nemo & Friends (working as Chemistry, Marine Mammal, or other Interns). We were quite a diverse group. We all introduced ourselves, stating our colleges, majors, and which program we would be working in, talked about some general information, and then divided up into smaller groups (according to our program) to discuss the specifics of our first week and a half of training. We were given packets with our schedules, a Cast Member atlas of the property, and maps of the specific locations we would have to drive to during our training. It looks like it'll be busy, but exciting and fun at the same time. They seem really relaxed about everything (except stressing that you MUST be ON TIME!, which is completely understandable and favorable for people who would otherwise have to wait for latecomers), and really want us to enjoy ourselves on this internship. I'm so excited to start Traditions tomorrow! I also have costuming afterwards, so I think I'll find out what I'll be wearing on the job. Should be a great day!
After the meeting we were given time to ask questions, and then I met up with the rest of my entourage to move in to my apartment. The Cumberland Park apartments are really nice, much better than the dorms at UW-Whitewater in my opinion. I'm in a 2 bedroom, which also has 2 full bathrooms. Also provided in our apartment is a washer, drier, ironing board, iron, tv, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, oven, dishes and silverware, furniture, and each room has a walk-in closet. I'm not sure if I'm forgetting anything, but the apartments are fully furnished and seem spacious enough for the 4 of us.
After we unloaded the car we ran to Walmart for the essentials, which is about 2-3 miles away. (I highly recommend a GPS for any new Disney Interns! My Garmin is sooo handy!) The rest of the night I chilled with my parents and boyfriend at their hotel room for a while before heading back to the room to unpack and get to know my roommate. By midnight I was unpacked and settled in.
Today I had the day off and had time to explore. As I didn't have my Disney ID yet, I was unable to get into the parks without buying a ticket, so I explored Downtown Disney and the Monorail Resorts instead. I can't wait for tomorrow!