In June of 2012 I hired into The Walt Disneyland Resort thinking that it would be the place where my dreams would come true. I would magically be put into a position that deserved my talents and skills and I could gain instant fame in a short amount of time. I was thankfully wrong, because Disneyland would become the place that would mold my dreams and shape them into what I really want.
Four years ago I didn’t know that I would be working with some of the greatest people who have ever walked the fake cobblestone of Main Street. You could have told me about each one of them, about their uniqueness, their character traits, their secret passions, and I would not have believed you. I am so blessed to have known them. Each one of them is different. I know moms, dads, princesses, teachers, pirates, pandas, gangsters, kings, queens, ducks, besties, best friends, public speakers, star athletes, actors, writers, World War reenactors, farbs, musicians, sidekicks, slayers, bosses, sith lords, and noble jedi. I’ve seen them at their best, their worst, and they have helped me through some of my darkest times. They are cherished in my heart.
I’ve learned that what I really want is to make people smile. See them laugh, and get them to feel loved. Disney has been the best place I could think of to harness my skills. To me it will forever be a blessed training arena/danger room with obstacles and situations where I accomplished the impossible. Sometimes the impossible was getting someone to be my friend. Other times an angry guest frustrated after a long day just needed someone to talk to since everyone else was to busy to even notice he existed. What a beautiful arena it is to be so grand and exciting, yet small and quiet. In those still moments are where I will dwell when thinking about Disneyland. It is there that I find my peace, and where in my new beginning I will look back to and remember where I’ve been.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”-Walt Disney