I'm going to share a secret with you, something that surely never crossed your mind about me before: I can be a total flippin' ditz — almost to the point of being frightening! When I decided a while back that I wanted to begin a career at the Disneyland Resort, I kept the details closely guarded. As time goes on, I will share more about the journey — the journey that took almost exactly a year to reach its destination from the time I made the decision.
When I broke the news on Twitter, I was left pondering where I would blog about being a Cast Member — would I post over at Beauty is in the Eye of the Passholder (which is mainly a photo-blog) or would I blog about it here, you know, at the blog whose tagline is "Tales From The Happiest Hooker On Earth." A tagline I've had for years. As if destined to be a blog about a Disneyland Cast Member who crochets. Duh.
Tomorrow I start working in my role as Guest Research Specialist — I have the opportunity to conduct brief surveys with hundreds of Guests from all over the world, nearly every day. And I'll get the chance to be everywhere! Although, I will admit, I do have a preference of where I'd like to be. I love Disney California Adventure — the Park truly feels like a second home to me — and I easily adapt to the vibe of the Guests and Cast Members that play and work there.
And trust me when I tell you, Guest feedback from these surveys are extremely appreciated. The Disneyland Resort values the couple of minutes you spend with a Guest Research Specialist so much. As Walt Disney said in his dedication speech, "Disneyland is your land" — and your opinions and thoughts help build upon the Happiest Place on Earth.
With three-generations (my mom, my daughter and myself!) working for Disneyland, we are of course carpooling when our schedules are similar. Which means there will be times when I have a couple of hours before or after my shift to just hang out. For nine years, I've been hanging out at the Disneyland Resort. It's what I do. I think there are some people who think all I do is go on the attractions — which is hilarious — especially if you ever get the chance to see me try to get in line for one.
But there will be times after a shift when all I want to do is camp out in a backstage cafe or breakroom — and that's when I'll be glad I will always have a knitting or crocheting project in my Mary Poppins bottomless bag! This is why I've been all into granny squares and knitted squares, 'cause I knew I'd need small pieces to make at work and put together at home. And I have a few Disneyland/Disney California Adventure-inspired afghans in mind!
I'm going to do my best to keep up with blogging so you can have this here as your own eTicket to the Wondeful World of Disney!