Monthly Archives: August 2014

Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

My work location is Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. It’s a really fun interactive game where you’re given a  FONE (Field Operative Notification Equipment) and sent into 1 of 7 countries to help Agent P defeat Doofensmhirtz and save the world! Basically it’s a scavenger hunt with many more interactive elements, like a zip lining Perry, a top secret penny press, a cuckoo clock chase, and more. It is something I would seriously recommend to anyone going through the World Showcase. Recently we also updated the old flip phone FONEs to touch screen Nokia FONEs!

I also got lucky in that my work uniform is super easy. As I’m sure many people are aware of, Disney uniforms are either make or break. Luckily, mine is pretty simple … dark gray shorts (!!!)  and a light blue shirt, with an optional hat. Oh yeah, and I’m also not required to tuck it in, which just about every single other uniform does require.

On top of that luck, I only had three days of training, which is pretty short compared to most roles. After three days of training, I had my assessment and officially earned my ears.

On top of running the Agent P attraction, my location also does PAC (parade audience control) for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (Epcot’s firework/fire/light show), opens the World Showcase in the morning, and clears Epcot after closing. We are supposed to be training soon to takeover the FastPass kiosks as well. Basically, we do a bit more, in my humble opinion, than the average attractions role worker. However, the trade off is that we also get better (both in length and quality) interaction with the guests. One of the reasons I was so looking forward to working attractions was that guest interaction, so I’m glad that it worked out like it did.

The first day of training we went through my location’s spiel: “Hey there, agents! Welcome to the O.W.C.A [Organization Without a Cool Acronym, which is the organization that Perry works for], are you here for your top secret mission?” We also had to learn how to accurately describe the game to guests, especially since it is most frequently mistaken for a show or for a character location. Then we saved several of the countries. My favorites are definitely France and Germany.  That night we learned how to do PAC for IllumiNations and also how to clear the park.

The second and third days kinda blur together for me. The second day of training we learned how to open World Showcase and we practiced our spieling and guest interactions. The third day of training we learned how to do Pargo and Norway runs while on Mission Support. Mission Support 1 (Pargo run) takes the Pargo (basically a heavy duty golf cart which is still nicknamed Shego from the good ol’ Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure days) to pick up phones from drop boxes on the far side of the World Showcase, as well as drop off anything the kiosks may need (more phones, new radio battery, etc). They also restock some of the interactive elements of the missions, like the golf balls that are used in United Kingdom. Mission Support 2 (Norway run) walks around the near side of the World Showcase to get phones from drop boxes and drop off anything those kiosks may need.

So yeah, that’s basically my job. There’s definitely some more tidbits to what all we do, but it’s mostly just boring details. I think this role, although something I originally was very upset about (characters that I don’t like and not a “real” attraction), has already grown on me and I’m now really glad to have gotten. Except for being outside for pretty much the entirety of every shift, the pros have definitely come to outweigh the cons.

First week or so

I have finally moved in!

Check-in went pretty smoothly, as my assigned time was right away in the morning. After getting my Disney College Program Guide/Planner, I was given my location, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Needless to say, I wasn’t too happy about that since I can’t stand the Phineas & Ferb cartoon. From there I was entered into the DORMS system, received my housing assignment (I got my first choice in Vista Way.), took my Housing ID picture, got my apartment ID, got my itinerary for the first week, and then was walked through the itinerary and the Disney Look.

 

As soon as I had gotten my housing assignment, I asked my dad to find the building so that we would be able to move in easily. I wasn’t too keen on being on the third floor, but after being in some other apartments, I’ve realized that our apartment seems significantly bigger, thanks in part to our vaulted ceiling and huge window in the living room … totally worth all the stairs. My building is also next to the pool and the clubhouse, and a pretty short walk to the bus stop. Moving in was sort of awkward … it was immediately obvious that someone else was still living in the apartment, but they either weren’t there or weren’t awake. Turns out two other girls still lived there, who had extended their own College Program, but decided not to clean the house in any way when they knew that 4 other girls would be moving in that day.

Moving all of my stuff in was super easy. I organized my room a little bit before having to go take a drug test. After that, I hung out with my dad and uncle down past Tampa. The next day we went and explored Downtown Disney, which is sooo much bigger than the one in California!

The next morning, after saying goodbye to my dad, who would be taking a plane back home, I had to go to Casting and to a Housing meeting. Casting was basically waiting through a bunch of different lines in order to do something incredibly simple. In the end, I turned in my I-9, got my training schedule, and confirmed personal information. To get through everything, it took me about over an hour. Although I think it took longer than it should have, the building itself was pretty. The housing meeting, although only an hour, I also felt went way longer than it needed to, but it was entertaining for the most part.

Since I hadn’t gone to Traditions yet and still didn’t have my blue Cast Member ID, I couldn’t get into the parks. Instead, some girls that my flatmate knew, said flatmate, and I explored Downtown Disney some more. We even hung out and did the Cha Cha Slide a couple times. The next day all of us new flatmates went over to a neighbor’s apartment to split making dinner, went out bowling, and spent the rest of the night at the pool. Since I STILL didn’t have Traditions, my flatmate, a new friend, and I went resort hopping. WDW definitely has some cool resorts!

We also went on the monorails while resort hopping, and I was able to find my new work location! It used to be Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure (which I super still wish it was), but I found out that so many kids no longer knew who KP was that they pretty much had to change the theme. And if that isn’t sad, I don’t know what is.

FINALLY, it was time for Traditions! It was basically the Orientation portion of any new job. We went over the Four Keys, the company motto and vision, all that good stuff. We received our first pair of ears, our name tags, explored the tunnels in the Magic Kingdom,  and was visited by the mouse himself. It was a lot of fun. But more importantly, I got my blue ID so I could finally get into the parks!!

After that, we hit the parks pretty frequently! It’s been a surreal amount of fun. Not too long after I had to go through training for my work location, but I think I’ll go through that in a separate post.