Okay, so I meant to write this sooner, but I'm in Disney World... so enough said. Everything is going well here in Florida, so I thought I'd write this thread as a report of sorts of my CP experience along with some random comments here and there (didn't want to clog the CP thread).
I drove down to Florida from New York with my brother (he took a plane back up). 19 Hours pretty much on the same road sounds like a lot of fun, right? Wrong. It actually wasn't that bad. Luckily we hit no traffic (except for the very end of the LIE). The first few states went by pretty fast (New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and DC). Right around Virginia we got pulled over for speeding, but its all good (we weren't going that fast). North Carolina is always fun if only for seeing the South of the Border signs. Then of course there is South Carolina... which no offense to people who live there..... is pretty boring except for the very begining (South of the Border) and the end (all the Palm Trees on the Georgia borderline). At the begining of Georgia we got breakfast at Cracker Barrel (such a great place). I chose to sleep through Georgia because I honestly can't stand the state (I-95 wise at least).
Then of course we get down into the Sunshine State and its only a little bit left. We eventually got to Knights Inn (not without getting a bit lost of course). It's a nice hotel for the $40 it cost (nothing extravagant, but good for its purpose).
Since we still had leftover APs, we decided to go to one of the parks last night, so we drove over to the Studios (this my friends would be called Foreshadowing). After some dinner at the Commissary, we decided to hit up Toy Story Mania. First let me say the whole Pixar Place area is great. They really went all out on it. And the queue to TSM was fantastic. I'm so glad that since the ride area itself can only be so themed, they decked out the rest of the queue in so much theming. All the eye candy there is fantastic and well worth the Stand-by wait. Mr Potato Head is cool, but it would have been much better if he was more interactive. The actual ride is so much fun. And it can be so tiring if you get really competitive. Overall, I think TSM is a solid replacement for WWTBAMPI and I do like how the park is restraining Pixar to that one area (Pizza Plan, Toy Barn, etc). I believe we did Tower & RnRC followed by of course Fantasmic.
Check in was longer than it needed to be with about 20 stations to go though, but overall everything went well. I got to choose the apartment options (since I got there before my roommate). Of course I said Chatham without even thinking. They even specifically asked if I wanted Patterson, but I said no. I also picked 3 bedroom apartment (cheaper than 1 & 2 bedrooms but easier to manage than 4).
I am so happy I picked Chatham. Vista Way really is sleazy and there is just too much construction going on at Patterson. I got the building right across from the entrance, so it is really convenient for the clubhouse, mail room, laundry room and just general living. But the thing I was really surprised about was that there was one bathroom in each bedroom. All the bedrooms are slightly different however. Bedroom 3 has two doors for the bathroom (one in the room and one in the hallway). Bedroom 2 (mine) has the closet in the bathroom. Bedroom 1 also has just one door to the bathroom but also has the closet separate from it. Everything else about the apartment is nice. I also have to say that I got really lucky with having great roommates. And it's almost as if I have 11 roommates as our room and the room right below us are such good friends.
Okay, so I got the Studios which made me so happy. I really did not want Magic Kingdom because of its hours and I just think DHS is the best place to work (backstage isn't that much different than onstage there, so that's an added benefit). The role I got was parking. Now I'm not going to lie and say I was thrilled about that. At first I really was disappointed. But as it turned out, I really do love the role. Everyone I work with is so nice, the job is very fun (especially when I'm on the tram). The hours are great, we get plenty of breaks and I love how (relatively) cheap the cafeteria there is.
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