Traditions and DAKlimation

All Disney Cast Members must participate in a class called Traditions. Traditions goes over the past, present and future of the Walt Disney World Company as well as gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work for such an incredible company.

Traditions also marks another exciting point in a Cast Members’ life – the start of getting paid!

My Traditions class began at 8:00, which meant I had to be on the bus at 6:45. Waking up before the sun rises is always a treat. Part of Traditions takes place at Disney University, which is near Magic Kingdom. We actually got to walk into the Magic Kingdom from a special Cast Member entrance. Four people in my group had never been to Magic Kingdom before, so it was exciting to see their reactions!

Traditions ended with a visit from a special friend and boss, Mickey Mouse, and then we all received our Cast Member name tags!

It’s official!

The next morning, I had to get up before dawn again to go to Animal Kingdom for my DAKlimation class. Disney’s attention to the smallest details truly do make a huge difference.

DAKlimation taught all about the history of Animal Kingdom, and we even got to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris before the park officially opened! The giraffes weren’t out on the  savanna yet, but I saw more white rhinos than ever before and the cheetahs were moving.

At the end of DAKlimation, we got our work assignments and went to costuming to pick up our respective costumes. A fun way to end the day!

Where am I working? DINOSAUR at Animal Kingdom! I will blog about training soon. It’s a lot more intense than I was expecting, but it’s a lot of fun!


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