Thanksgiving Weekend: Working at Downtown Disney

Thanksgiving Weekend: Working at Downtown Disney
Having Thanksgiving dinner with my CP friends.

Thanksgiving is a great time of year because it’s getting to be close to Christmas! Normally, I love having a break from college and being home and doing fun things like decorating, eating good food, and going to movies.

This year was a bit different because on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Saturday, I worked early morning stocking shifts, which mean I had to be at Downtown Disney by 5:30am.

The CPs in the program with me all work nights, and normally so do I, because the full-time or part-time people work the normal day hours. So, it’s been really hard lying in bed waiting to fall asleep at my normal time of 2am, and then getting up at 4:40am for work (3 days in a row)! The shifts actually aren’t that bad; it’s basically processing the delivery of new merchandise, scanning it into the system, putting ink tags on everything, and then putting the merchandise onto the shelf or back in the stock room.

Thanksgiving note from the managers.
Thanksgiving note from the managers.

I like working holidays because Disney does a great job recognizing the cast members that are working, and this year we had a catered Thanksgiving feast luncheon by Boston Market, how perfect!

During my break, the two other CPs who were working with me (Allie and Damyra) in the other stores in my zone joined me and we had a little lunch in the back lot behind Once Upon a Toy store. It was pretty good, but the feast was missing the stuffing and mac and cheese, both of which are so good from Boston Market! The managers served it to us too, which was pretty cool.

Serving stations.
Serving stations.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Pumpkin pies for everyone!
Pumpkin pies for everyone!

The best thing about the food was the homemade cupcakes someone made. They were pumpkin cupcakes with spiced frosting, and inside of them was a little mini pumpkin pie (with pie crust and pumpkin pie filling), baked inside the cupcake. It was really cool and yummy! Cake & pie together!

While I had to work, Caroline had Thanksgiving off! She didn’t tell anyone for 2 weeks because she knew she’s be barraged by requests from CPs to switch shifts with her! (She went to the DCP Housing’s Thanksgiving Feast earlier.)

Since she had a nice day off and cleaned the apartment since we have our third inspection coming up. 😦

She also got to sleep in, which I was so jealous of because I’d been working 5+ hours by the time she got up.

On Thanksgiving Day, I came home from work at 2:30pm and immediately took a nap! When I woke up at 5pm, we went to Downtown Disney.

Thanksgiving night at the Earl of Sandwich
Thanksgiving night at the Earl of Sandwich

We had a fancy, gourmet, home-cooked dinner at ‘Earl of Sandwich’, lol! That was our Thanksgiving dinner, but Caroline actually got the “Holiday Ham”, which she said was very good. I had a chicken wrap, since I’d already had Thanksgiving food for lunch.

After dinner, we walked all the way to the other end of Downtown Disney, in the freezing cold, and we tried out the “Dine-In” AMC Movie Theater, which was FANCY! The chairs are huge leather sofa type chairs and you have a table in front of you, and a waitress.

Caroline got a holiday drink called the “Snowball”, which came in a round glass and was white. It tasted like peppermint. We both got desserts and it was very fancy! The Disney movie “Frozen” just opened and was AMAZING! Best movie EVER! I loved every one of the songs, and it really blew me away. We’re planning on seeing it at least 2 more times and buying the sound track immediately! So awesome!

Our “Frozen” blog link: Seeing Disney’s “Frozen” Movie

At AMC, having drinks and watching 'Frozen'.
At AMC, having drinks and watching ‘Frozen’.


Downtown Disney at 5:30AM

If you’re wondering what Downtown Disney looks like at 5:30 in the morning, it’s COLD (41 degrees) and DARK (sunrise isn’t until 6:50am). All the Christmas lights are turned on and it’s very quiet.

I had three stocking shifts in a row this Thanksgiving weekend, all 6am – 2:30pm. 😦

Downtown DIsney Christmas display.  So pretty!
Downtown Disney Christmas display. So pretty!
My friend, Ting, works at Pin Traders with me.
My friend, Ting, works at Pin Traders with me.
Off to work at Team Mickey.
Thanksgiving weekend.  Off to work at Team Mickey.


Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


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