- Christopher Loudon
- Christopher More
- Heather Price
- Julia Baum
- Dayna Guay
- Daniel Booth
- Emma Louise Flood
- Helen Baker
- Lorin Adams
- Laura Hannah
- Umair Iqbal
- Kurt Anthony
- Rachel Perry
My name is Dayna Guay, I'm 19 years old, and from July 2010 to July 2011, I worked in the Canadian Pavillion in Food and Beverage as a Hostess at Le Cellier Steakhouse.
Ever since I was three years old, my dream was to work at Walt Disney World. When my mom told me about this program, I immediatly looked up Yummy Jobs to find out about the position. I was so excited to be potentially working at Disney. After sending in my resume, I waited, and within a few days, I recieved an email back from Yummy Jobs, asking if a phone interview would be possible. I happily accepted, and the next day I was on the phone with Kristen. I was so nervous for the interview, but Kristen's bubbly personality made it easy for me, and the next thing I knew, I was invited to the face to face interviews in Toronto. After the face to face interviews, I was put on a wait list for 6 months, and then in March of 2010, I got the call: I was going to work at Disney World!!! I couldn't have been more excited, but little did I know that it wouldn't be all fun and games.
When I first started working at Disney World, I was ... well, nervous. This was my first time away from home, and my first job, so I was even more scared than most people. I really felt at ease, though, because my family brought me down, so they were there for support, which was great. After attending Traditions, my love for Disney was even stronger, and I knew that this was exactly where I wanted to work, no matter how sad I was that I was away from my family.
My first couple of weeks were mostly training. I was nervous, but excited to start training. I had wonderful trainers who really helped me feel more comfortable with everything, and by my third week in Disney, I was loving it. Sure, I still had points of sadness/homesickness, but I got through it by Skyping my family practically every night, and that helped me a lot. After a month of working at Disney, I had officially "earned my ears" and was now flying solo. I had made great friends, was having a great time, and everything was going smoothly.
I always had Thursdays and Fridays off, and those were spent at the parks; after all, I had free access to them, so why wouldn't I spend my days off there?? Week after week, I'd be at one of the four theme parks, living life, and having a blast. Work was going well, and I was finally starting to get over my homesickness. Working for the mouse was incredible, at that point, I couldn't have asked for anything better, to be honest.
One of my favorite months was October, as two very important things happened that month: Halloween, and my 19th birthday. I had always dreamed of celebrating my birthday at Disney, and it came true. My mom came down to celebrate with me, and we had a magical time! We also attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which was also a blast! It also was my two-month mark of being at Disney ... it was crazy how fast time flew!
Two months later, December rolled around. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was the big event this month, and I was lucky enough to go twice. Both times were a blast ... put me right in the Christmas spirit, which is what I needed, considering the fact this was my first time away from home at Christmas. I was very lucky, though, because my family came down and we got to spend the holidays together. After they left, I knew that I only had six months until I would see them again, so that put my mind at ease.
The next couple of months flew by ... and then came March. It was time for us to become a signature restauarant for dinner. It was pretty stressful on all of us, but we pulled through, and made a successful transition into a signature restaurant. By this time, I was 8 months in ... unbelievable!
April was one of my favorite months, as I became an official Disney trainer, and I was very proud of that fact! I had done some training before but obviously it hadn't been official, so this time I had the Jiminy Cricket pin to prove it. I was a very dedicated trainer, and I treated my trainees the same way my trainers had when I first started working here, because I knew how difficult it was to adjust to a new envoirnment. I just wanted them to enjoy their time working at Disney World. I absolutely loved being a trainer!
9 months down, 3 to go ... time was flying so fast! May had arrived, and it was time for my graduation, something I had looked forward to since starting my program. It was off to Coronado Springs for the reception ... at 8:00 in the morning!!!! We had a free breakfast, a chance to get our picture taken with Mickey and Minnie, and the Disney Ambassadors were there to give us some words of wisdom. And, most importantly, we had "earned our ears", relatively speaking. We got our graduation ears, and then it was off to Magic Kingdom to celebrate (where else?!) I will never forget watching Move it, Shake It, Celebrate It! with my friend, and one of the dancers congraulating us on graduating - we felt like princessess! I was so proud of how far I had made it ... two months to go!
As my final two months came to a close, I looked back on my wonderful experience, and thought about how thankful and blessed I was to have had this wonderful opportunity. I can't thank Yummy Jobs enough for all of their help throughout the process ... especially Kristen, you really made the transition easy!
For anyone reading this, I hope you really look into this opportunity ... it'll change your life forever; you'll make great friendships that'll last forever, amazing memories that will be with you for life, and a great addition to your resume. Just remember to have fun, and live your contract to the fullest!