Episode 095 – Jessica Clawson, Part 3

 

Jessica ClawsonIn this episode, we conclude our 3-part interview with former Walt Disney World Cast Member, Jessica Clawson. In the first 2 parts, we talked about working at Toy Story Midway Mania and in the resorts as a Concierge, the transition to Magic Bands & My Disney Experience, teaching in the Youth Education Series, some love for Walt Disney, and some great guest stories.

 

If you followed along with any of my coverage of the 2015 D23 Expo, thank you! I’ll be bringing you a couple of episodes devoted to it soon, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this, and I’m glad you came along with me! To see what I shared, head on over to the Stories of the Magic Facebook page and you can look through everything from the weekend that I posted.

In this episode, Jessica talks about…

  • What she remembers most about her Traditions class, when she first started at Walt Disney World—it took all she could do not to burst into tears;
  • When she remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special”;
  • Working the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights;
  • What she loved most in her time at WDW;
  • A few other favorite stories—this is what makes Cast Members special, and one of the main reasons I do this podcast;
  • Why she had to  leave Walt Disney World;
  • How she brings Disney into her classroom as a teacher in a special needs class;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her;
  • What inspires her—part of this answer may surprise you;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.


Find Jessica:

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 094 – Jessica Clawson, Part 2

Jessica Clawson

In this episode, we continue our 3-part interview with former Walt Disney World Cast Member, Jessica Clawson. In part 1, we talked about working at Toy Story Midway Mania and in the resorts as a Concierge, the transition to Magic Bands & My Disney Experience, and some great guest stories.

If you’re listening to this episode the day it comes out or the next day, I’m currently at the 2015 D23 Expo! There’s still time to follow along with all the cool stuff, so stay tuned to the Stories of the Magic Facebook page, though, for live reports, happenings, photos, videos, and more throughout the weekend of August 14-16. And if you’d like, follow me on Periscope at Belgarion42, since I’m going to try to do that some over the weekend, too!

In this episode, Jessica talks about…

  • A story of basically rescuing a guest’s vacation;
  • Something important that working at Walt Disney World taught her;
  • Working the front desk at the All-Stars, including doing a Spanish check-in, even though she doesn’t really speak much Spanish;
  • Being a room assigner;
  • Teaching in the Youth Education Series: Science of Disney Imagineering, and Exploring Disney Animation History;
  • A time when an angry guest demanded to speak to Walt Disney;
  • Youth Education Series programs in the other WDW theme parks;
  • Which of the programs she taught that was her favorite and why;
  • A detour with some love for Walt Disney…and a bit of a rant about the proper name for Walt Disney World;
  • A couple of really fun stories from teaching the Y.E.S. program.


Find Jessica:

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 093 – Jessica Clawson, Part 1

 

Jessica Clawson

In this episode, we begin a 3-part interview with former Walt Disney World Cast Member, Jessica Clawson. Jessica had a very strong desire to be a Cast Member and she took a pretty big risk to make it happen. While she worked there, she had some very interesting experiences both working in the parks and at the resorts, and we get into all of that in today’s episode.

 

Once we finish this interview, in episode 95, the next ones will be devoted to the 2015 D23 Expo. Stay tuned to the Stories of the Magic Facebook page, though, for live reports, happenings, photos, videos, and more throughout the weekend of August 14-16. And if you’d like, follow me on Periscope at Belgarion42 [can’t link this, sorry!], since I’m going to try to do that some over the weekend, too!

 

In this episode, Jessica talks about…

  • How she got started at Walt Disney World and what she did there at first;
  • What made Toy Story Midway Mania an interesting attraction to work, and some fun stories of what she heard from guests;
  • The various positions at Toy Story, and what goes into working each one;
  • How she played with guests at times;
  • A time she was able to make some magic for a guest;
  • Working Toy Story Midway Mania when it was broken down on Christmas day—including a little backstory on the attraction you may not have realized;
  • When and why she transferred out of Attractions;
  • What she misses most about working at WDW;
  • The questions she got most from guests as a resort concierge pre- and post-Magic Bands;
  • What the transition was like for her pre- to post-Magic Bands;
  • Advantages to the Magic Bands and My Disney Experience system.


Find Jessica:

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 092 – Faith Dority, Part 2

 

Faith Dority

In this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with 2014-2015 runDisney Specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Faith Dority. In part 1, we talked about where her love for Disney began and how it grew, becoming a runner, some runDisney tips, and becoming part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

 

Before we continue the interview, I’d like to thank those of you who stepped up to help me get to and cover the D23 Expo for Stories of the Magic. A special thank you to Kris and John, who donated this week to help me out. I now only need about $30 to completely cover what I need for the weekend! You all rock!

 

If you can help me with that $30, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. Last time, I need 16 people to do $5, now if just 6 people contribute $5 we’re there! Can you do $5? For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show (unless you’d prefer that I didn’t), and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

After the interview, I’ve included a couple of clips of what I shared from the 2013 Expo to give you a taste of what you can expect this time. The first, an interview I did with an Imagineer you’d probably never get to hear from otherwise, and the second, Animator Glen Keane’s Legends Award speech.

 

In this episode, Faith talks about…

  • What it’s like being a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel;
  • Being on the runDisney Panel of Experts for last year’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend;
  • Whether she feels like an expert;
  • Special memories from being on the panel so far;
  • More about the Moms Panel;
  • A bit about how to become a member of the panel;
  • Whether she’s received any very unusual questions, and if she’s answered any questions for guests that gave her ideas for her own vacations;
  • Common questions she gets and her favorite tips, both for park touring and for runDisney events;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her—if anything;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for beginning or continuing your journey of being a runner;
  • Shameless Plug Time—including her next runDisney event.


Find Faith:

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 091 – Faith Dority, Part 1

Faith Dority

In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with 2014-2015 runDisney Specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Faith Dority. We’d been working on getting this set up for a few months, so I’m glad to finally be able to bring it to you.

 

This episode happens to mark the 3-year anniversary of the show, so I’d like to say a very special thank you to all my guests over the past 3 years, and to you listeners, whether this is your first or ninety-first episode to listen to, or anywhere in between. It is all of you that allow me to do this, and I am grateful for that.

Today also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the Grand Opening of Disneyland. Technically it’s the 60th anniversary of the press event and it opened to the public the next day, but this is the day Disney wants to mark, so we’ll go with it. Happy 60th anniversary, Disneyland!

 

Before we begin, just a quick reminder about my request for your help to get to the D23 Expo this year so I can cover it for Stories of the Magic. I won’t go into the details—check out the show notes for the previous 2 episodes if you want to know more. For now, suffice it to say that I am going. I trust you, the listeners, to support me in this so I went ahead and got my tickets.

I still need about $80. If you can help at all, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. If just 16 people contribute $5 we’re there! Can you do $5? For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show (unless you’d prefer that I didn’t), and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

In this episode, Faith talks about…

  • When her love for Disney began;
  • A funny story about her first visit to Walt Disney World;
  • How her love for Disney grew from where it began to where it is today;
  • A special memory of her first trip to Walt Disney World with her kids;
  • The expansion of her Disney love beyond just the parks;
  • What she loves most about it;
  • When and how she became a runner;
  • Her first runDisney race weekend;
  • Some pre-race tips;
  • Her usual corral and her personal record;
  • Her process of joining the Disney Parks Moms Panel;
  • How she found out she was accepted onto the Panel;
  • A little tease for what it’s like being a Moms Panelist.


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

Thanks for listening!

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