Although I’ve been busy earning my ears, preparing for classes, and cooking for myself, it’s been a pretty stress-free few weeks! I’ve made sure to set aside some time to attend housing events so I can meet new people and enjoy what DCP housing has to offer.
I attended the Extremely Goofy Event at Chatham Square with one of my roommates and had an awesome time at their photobooth and the character meet and greet with Max and Goofy. This was my first time meeting any character and they were so full of energy! Although their expressions were limited to body language and they couldn’t express themselves with facial expressions, I could tell that Max and Goofy were into their roles and were (hopefully) having fun. I’ve been trying to incorporate that same body language into my merchandise role to really get guests excited about visiting the resorts and parks.
I also spent a day in Magic Kingdom and Epcot and stumbled upon Alice! Of all the princesses and characters I had met that day, Alice was the most interactive. Ahead of me were three little girls who Alice doted on and played a little racing game where they raced to see who among the four of them could skip to the cottage door the fastest. The children loved it and it seemed like Alice did, too! When it was my turn to meet Alice, she claimed that it was smart of me to have the flowers on my dress reach up to my neck so I could better hear them sing. It was so quirky and funny that I couldn’t help but laugh and go along with it. I had been worried about how my character interactions would go but meeting Alice really made my day and I would love to meet her (and the other characters) again.
Keeping in character is one of the main duties of being a cast member. In my merchandise role at the Ink and Paint Shop, we keep in character by saying phrases like “Sketch ya later!” and “Have an animated day!” They’re incredibly silly and when we say them, some guests pause in confusion but there are others that really appreciate it and love it. I’ve been learning let go of any embarrassment I might have about saying corny, silly lines and have begun to embrace the silliness of it and just have fun.