Walt Disney World ICP - Day 39 - The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room - 11th July 2013

I had to get the bus which arrived at work an hour early today as the next one would only arrive 20 minutes before my shift started which wouldn’t be enough time to get from the bus stop to my work location.



It takes up to 15 minutes to get from where the housing bus arrives to work locations in the Magic Kingdom, so we get paid for 15 minutes of "walk time" at the end of the night. Basically, on the way to work when you arrive by bus or car you have to get on a bus from West Clock to the Magic Kingdom, IDs are checked, bags are checked and you board a bus which goes through another high-security checkpoint into the grounds of the Magic Kingdom and then you are at the entrance of the utilidoors - a series of tunnels under the Magic Kingdom which we as cast use to get around and to transport things. From there we walk to our location - luckily for me it’s only about a three minute walk, to Main Street it can take almost 10 minutes.

Anyway, all that to explain that 20 minutes doesn’t allow me enough contingency so I got to the parks an hour early. That was after my bus ran out of power / broke down 7 times. We also sat at Vista for 15 minutes, it’s all a huge waste of time.

I changed from my costume into normal clothes in my locker and went to watch the Enchanted Tiki Room which is a very odd experience which made no sense to me. It was cool to see but it doesn’t need to be there.

Inside the Tiki Room
At work the highlights of the day were that I performed the Sword in the Stone Magical Moment for 30 minutes which was my first official time doing it. I only lifted to sword for 2 people as everyone else was positioned wrong. Your palms must be facing up when pulling out the sword and there’s a bunch of other safety concerns we have to follow before releasing the sword. Only 2 people did that correctly, so only 2 got the sword. It’s great to see people’s reactions though.

I also closed the carrousel for the first time since being here which all felt very official with a checklist of my own to fill out. All in all, good fun.

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Radio journalist, newspaper editor, travel writier, tour guide and Disney Cast Member. These are just some of the things Gio has done in the past few years. He loves visiting new destintions, trying new food and wants you to come along for the ride!
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