Meet the “Swagastic” New Writer, Mickey!

Hello everyone!!!  Sorry I am late to the party, but what can I say, I like to be fashionably late.  Actually that is a false statement, I am always early so this is awkward.

My name is Kody (aka Mickey) and obviously you have been doing some reading about our little adventures and what not while the 5 of us were participating in the Disney College Program.  I meant to write this earlier, but I have been so busy with work and school.  So, I guess let’s just dive right down into the good stuff.

I am from Ohio, not many people enjoy my state, but it is actually quite a nice place to live.  I decided that I wanted to participate in the DCP after I went on a family visit to see my best friend’s sister, Lauren, who was also participating in the DCP.  Lauren worked at the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom during the Spring of 2011.  While I was there, I knew right away that the DCP was a must for me.

My role while working was Quick Service Food & Beverage (QSFB) and, at first, I was not that excited about it, but I could not have been more wrong.  I had somewhat of an unusual program.  My main location was Blizzard Beach, however, when we arrived on January 8th, Blizzard Beach was undergoing renovations.  So, instead I was working in my favorite theme park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios!!!  I got to work at Sunset Ranch Market, which is right next to Beauty and the Beast, Fantasmic, Rockin Roller Coaster, and Hollywood Tower of Terror.  Let’s just say, there was rarely ever a slow time.  My next location, Typhoon Lagoon, was the exact opposite from my first location at Sunset Ranch Market.  Instead of being in just one section of the park, at Typhoon Lagoon I could be put where ever they needed me to work (only in means of QSFB locations of course).   Being able to walk around the entire park was very different.  I was only there for a short 2 weeks before I finally got to go “home” to my main location, Blizzard Beach!!!  I absolutely loved it there.  Walking around on my first day was so overwhelming.  My other locations where great, but I always knew that it was not my main location, so it never felt like home.  When I walked into Lottawatta Lodge for the first time, I knew this was where I wanted to be.  Lottawatta Lodge is the main dining area for Blizzard Beach and even though I was only at Blizzard Beach for half my program, I still had the most fun there.  On a side note, I also had one day where I went and worked at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Magic Kingdom during spring break time.  Boy oh boy, talk about a crazy day.

It’s not all work and no fun though, right?  Throughout my program I did a lot of amazing things and met even more amazing individuals. Many more stories to come, but for right now, you are probably still wondering where “Swagastic” came from.  This actually happened weeks before the DCP even started.  We were having a google chat with 6 people, and we were trying to come up with names such as “The Fab Five” or something like that, but me being the random person that I am, I just threw “Swag” and “Fantastic” together and bam!, the “Swagastic Six” was created.  I know, kind of a let down, but I couldn’t think of anything else to name the title so that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

You can expect more from me during my free times.  I want to write about random and fun stuff, such as the perfect first Disney date, random places to visit on property, hidden mickeys (even though I am terrible at finding them without help), and anything else I can think of off the top of my head.

Have a magical day!

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

-Walt Disney

Mickey

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