I went to my first Disney vocal audition today! I came down here planning to go to every audition I possibly could, and so far I’ve stuck to that! …Because only one audition has been open to me so far. Most auditions are closed to current College Program participants, so when I saw that the audition for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid was open to everyone I jumped on that opportunity. My roommate and I both auditioned this morning and while neither or us got a call back, I left the audition room grinning from ear to ear.
I have now met the head of casting for Disney World, and my audition went really well! Once I finished my piece, which was “Home” from Beauty and the Beast, the auditioner asked if she could give me some tips. Of course I said yes, and she then told me that while I am not the right fit for Ariel, I am “Belle Type.”
This may not seem like a big deal, but I’ve wanted to play Belle in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios show of Beauty and the Beast since I was 12. And to finally hear someone from Disney tell me that I’m the type of girl they look for for that role was a dream come true! She told me to keep an eye on the audition schedule for Belle auditions and gave me a couple pointers to keep in mind for my next audition. Talk about a great morning.
I still can’t believe that happened… Now onto all of my other updates!
This may seem like a totally out of place story, but I don’t care. A few weeks ago I was walking to catch my 5 am bus, meaning it was dark. The moon and stars were still out, and I about jumped out of my skin when I heard a strange shuffling noise ahead of me. Sadly my startled jump scared the little armadillo that was walking ahead of me and he ran into the bushes before I could get a picture! We don’t have armadillos in Oregon, so seeing it felt a little like seeing a unicorn. About a week later I also saw flying squirrels for the first time! But this isn’t a Floridian wildlife blog… How about I talk about my college program?
Now that I’ve been here for a month I finally have a pretty regular routine. I’ve been working about 5 mornings a week. ‘Ohana’s breakfast is a character dining experience, so I see lots of children and let me tell you, little kids melt my heart every morning!
I talked the other day to two little boys who were in Disney World because they had been receiving letters from Buzz Lightyear. He sent them on scavenger hunts and eventually invited them to meet him in Disney World. I told them how lucky they were to be friends with Buzz and then excitement in their eyes just reminded me of how real Disney Magic is to children. Later, I made a little boy’s day when I got to be the one to tell him that Mickey Mouse would be meeting him at the breakfast table for his birthday. And I’ve never seen a happier face than his when I delivered a birthday card to him signed by Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch.
Ah, and then there’s that adorable baby! I’ve probably told 20 people about him. I was taking a family to their table last week when I realized the dad was holding a baby boy about 1 1/2 years old. He had black curly hair, his giant brown eyes were beaming, and he making perfect eye contact with me! I gasped mid-sentence with I noticed him and suddenly a giant smile stretched across his face. “He’s such a happy baby!” I said and stepped closer to see him, but when I did, he stretched his arms out for me to hold him. BAM! Heart melted.
Also, I’ve of course been having a blast in the parks on my days off! Here’s some photo proof incase you need convincing 😉
Thanks for reading and I’ll try to post again soon!