Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That

Catch Up!

A lot has been going on lately, and I have been such a bad blogger! Hopefully you have been following my photos and statuses on Facebook and have gotten a feel for what I have been up to.

Last week, the Disney College Program offered a discounted trip to Universal Orlando! My friends Ariel, Cherika, and I got a 1 day, 2 park ticket to Universal Studios and Universal Islands Of Adventure.

The newest addition to Universal is the ever famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter land. It is complete with a beautiful Hogsmeade shopping and dining area, as well as 3 attractions. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is an attraction housed in the Hogwarts castle and incorporates the most advanced ride technology offered today. It was quite amazing!


After getting our fill at Islands of Adventure, riding crazy rides like The Hulk, Spider Man, Dr. Doom's Fear Fall, and the Dr. Seuss Train (haha), we headed across the path to Universal Studios. Looked familiar! Like Disney's Hollywood Studios! Weird....

Universal Studio houses classics like E.T. and Jaws the rides. New attractions for me were The Mummy and The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. That ride was great! You got to choose your own music to ride to -- I chose Black Eyed Peas "Pump It" of course.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

All in all, a fun trip, even if it was fraternizing with the enemy...

When we got home, we couldn't keep our minds of the delicious Butterbeer we had bought in Harry Potter World. So, we looked up a recipe online and tried to recreate it for ourselves at home....

No one threw up at least.....

Smiling before having a taste

This weekend my good friend Ariel (I know, it's confusing. The Ariel above is Ariel Russon from this CP, the Ariel below is Ariel Letts from my last CP and BYU) came in town for Presidents Weekend to see her mom and swung by Orlando for a day to say hi! Although she was barred entry from Magic Kingdom, we got to have dinner at Hollywood Studios at the 50s Prime Time Cafe where you are a kid in Grandma's house, and the Aunts and Uncles serve the food and yell at you if you display poor manners! Sounds weird, but it is way fun!

At our table complete with TV!

Yesterday, Ariel R. and I had the day off and got creative by visiting the resorts instead of the busy parks. We got to go on a free "Culinary Tour" of the restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge and got some free food! Excellent!

Having some African dips and breads

Basically, I've been having a blast! I'll try to keep posting!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pehw! I am finally taking the time to write a blog post! I am sure many of you are curious about my latest and greatest in Florida, so I'll summarize.

I got here on January 9th, and me and my Mom spent a couple wonderful days together enjoying the parks and one another. Then, it was to the grind!

For my concierge job, I have to be fully trained at the front desk FIRST before I can even go over to Concierge. So, I spent 4 days in the classroom at Disney University learning the computer system, then completed 7 days of On the Job Training at Old Key West and Saratoga Springs Resorts (I will be equally split between the two). Today was my assessment day and I PASSED with flying colors! I have earned my ears!

Other than that, been having fun in my apartment in Chatham and loving the ward. Gone to all the parks many times already! That was the quick summary, now I will try to be better!!

Costume for Saratoga Springs Front Desk

Costume for Old Key West Front Desk
Costume for Old Key West Front Desk Runner

Costume for Saratoga Springs Front Desk Runner