12 Days of Disney Challenge: Day 1

day one: favorite Disney moment 

So it's ironic that I came up with these categories, because I had no idea what to choose for my favorite Disney moment. The multitude of wonderful moments (in the woods?) that I've had with Disney make it so hard to choose just one. From getting to sing as Giselle from Enchanted for my high school's studio session backstage at California Adventure (aka: the best moment ever) to seeing a little kid's eyes when they saw Elsa for the first time to the day the stepsisters totally hit on my Dad during a parade. 
So, really, it's all the small moments that have made Disney as a whole my very favorite.
I wrote this essay for my English 101 class a year or so ago, so I figured I'd share it here because it really sums up my favorite Disney moments. We were told to write about what we believe in and this is what came of it.
(Creative Commons Photo via flickr by princesskoko)
I believe in the consuming magic that Disney creates. Believing you’re really an astronaut zipping through space on Space Mountain, following a rabbit through his adventures in the Briar Patch of Splash Mountain or even witnessing the Abominable Snowman while zipping through the Matterhorn. I believe in the child-like eyes, whether 3 or 103, seeing their favorite character in person for the first time. I believe it really is “a small world after all” and that “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” can never be used too frivolously. I believe in little touches of magic that make such a difference, from talking trashcans to stormtroopers searching Tomorrowland for the rebel spy. I believe the stretching room is actually stretching: that it’s not only my imagination. I believe the best Jungle Cruise jokes are told by skippers after ten, and that Dole Whips either have crack or pixie dust inside of them, because they are just too addicting to not be laced with something. I believe in fairies. I believe in Peter Pan skipping through Fantasyland and making jokes about all of us “grown ups” and how silly we are. I believe in the magic of a child’s simple laugh and the look on their face when they are transformed into a princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I believe in the worth and gold of a child’s smile; they really appreciate the smallest things. I believe in adults letting their guard down and eating that second churro. I believe in that tough guy wearing his daughter’s Mickey Ears headband like a champ. I believe in Sleeping Beauty’s castle, covered in snow, glistening in the moonlight. I believe that when Walt said:
 “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world,” 
that he meant every word of it. 
I believe in the candle light in the window of the apartment over the firehouse. A constant reminder of the man who created all of this magic. Who was told “no” a million times, but for that one “yes”, made a difference in the world. I believe in that man who said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” And boy do I believe that he’s right.

12 Days of Disney Challenge

So, I'm sure you've all heard of the 12 days of Christmas and what with Christmas just ending, I decided to turn the 12 days of Christmas into my own 12 Days of Disney! As I'm sure you know, I will be beginning my journey with the Walt Disney Company through the Disney College Program at Disneyland Resort in January! I decided to offer a little peek into my Disney life with my 12 Days of Disney! If you're a Disneyland or Disney World College Program participant and you want to join along on your blog too, go right ahead! I'm starting mine tomorrow, January 31st so my last day (Day12) is January 11th, the day I will be checking in for the DCP!

The list is a sort of mix of getting to know me and seeing how I'm preparing for the DCP. If you decide to do your own 12 Days of Disney, be sure to link to your first post below so I can follow along with yours, too!

     Happy blogging!

Day One: Favorite Disney Moment
Day Two: Update on Packing
Day Three: Top 3 Characters and Why
Day Four: Free Write (talk about anything you want regarding Disney or DCP)
Day Five: Top 5 Disney Movies and Why
Day Six: Favorite Holiday to Experience in a Disney Park and Why
Day Seven: Favorite Dwarf from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Day Eight: Free Write (talk about anything you want regarding Disney or DCP)
Day Nine: Favorite Attraction in Each Disney Park You've Visited
Day Ten: Ten Random Disney Facts About You
Day Eleven: Free Write (talk about anything you want regarding Disney or DCP)
Day Twelve: Share your excitement... Today is check-in day!

DCP Update: 34 Days Until Check In!


So, the fact that I'm going to Disney soon really didn't really hit me until today. Yes, I've been doing paperwork and talking to people and even making some packing lists, but it didn't really seem real.

But when it did? There were tears, lots of happy dancing, lots of belting Disney songs and lots of this:
Seriously though, I am still in absolute disbelief. I've got two awesome-as-heck roommates (YAY!), will be driving to California in just 33 days, I started two DCP Pinterest boards (here and here) and I'm even starting to clean up and organize my apartment to get ready for moving out and moving to California! Can you believe that?
I do have the really strong fear of leaving Arizona and all of my friends and family, but I feel so much support from them for this blessing of an opportunity I have. I can't wait!
In case you haven't been keeping up, I'll be moving to California from January to August to take part in the Disney College Program at Disneyland as a Photopass Photographer! I'm so excited to live, learn and earn alongside so many awesome people and to be working for such an amazing company that's had such an impact on my life. 
I'm also hoping it will present some more time for me to develop myself creatively. I'll be taking a leadership speakers series class at Disneyland where Disneyland "higher ups" will be coming to present on their place in the Disney company and how they got there. I'm so excited to hear from such inspirational people. I'm always looking for ways to develop my creativity and to give myself some inspiration and insight into how everything works and I think this presents the perfect opportunity. 
Overall, I'm really just excited to be a part of an amazing company, making magic for people. The Disney Parks have an amazing way of transporting people from everyday life to an amazing alternate universe and it will be so exciting to be a part of that.
So until then!