Hello everyone! It feels like my Traditions day has come and gone so quickly, but I’m so excited to share what I can with all of you!

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For those of you who don’t know what Traditions is, it is a welcome orientation for new cast members into the Walt Disney Company, specifically for those working with Parks and Resorts. Technically, Traditions is actually a class that is put on by Disney University that goes over the rich history and values of the company. Every cast member goes through this orientation. My traditions course not only included those working in roles in Disneyland or California Adventure, but also those working at various hotels, Yellow Shoes, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

But don’t worry, it’s not one of those boring orientations that you fall asleep in. I’ll give you the gist of it without ruining any of the magic.

After checking in for the class and getting our cast ID card, we were ushered into the same auditorium I was in for my check-in day. We began the class by going over some of the core values that Walt Disney Company holds in regards to integrity. Normally this may seem like the boring part, but I think everyone was too excited to notice.

After that we were separated into smaller groups, because the entire class was pretty large. My group had about 20 people in it. In these groups, we got more into more of the real fun stuff. We went over the history of the company, where the company is now, the projected future, and the role we play as cast members in the Disney story. We were also given an ear hat and were allowed to take a selfie.

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That’s another thing about being a cast member, absolutely no pictures backstage. This was especially tempting when we were given a walkinScreen Shot 2015-05-15 at 10.17.04 PMg tour of the park. That’s right folks, I got a tour of some of the ins and outs of Disneyland Park. The way this park operates is truly amazing and I’m thankful that I’m one of the few lucky ones to see the non-guest areas of the park. Also, walking on stage for the first time as an official cast member is a feeling I will never forget. For the first time, I wasn’t your average guest and other guests were looking at me as a representation of the park. It’s crazy how quickly my role has changed and this new role is a lot to live up to!

After our tour, we headed back to the auditorium for a few housekeeping things and were finally given our cast member nametags. I don’t want to take mine off!

Basically, Traditions for me felt like a big hug from the Walt Disney Company. There were a lot of magical moments that I wish I could share with you, including the ones where I teared up, but then Traditions wouldn’t be special for cast members. I’m feeling more excited for my journey with the company and thankful that I have the privilege to be a part of the Disney story.

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