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4th of July – Disney Style

photography vs vlogging

I have to say that between the two I’m not sure which I enjoy more. If you guys didn’t know I still run my youtube channel HERE which you can check out if you’d like. I have a few vlogs up from Disney but recently most of them have been about BOOKS! And when my entire apartment had off for 4th of July I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to take photos, film, or both.

I ended up having to choose just because it was such a hot day filled with shenanigans that I really didn’t want to have to keep switching my lenses. If you didn’t know I only own my kit lens + a 50mm portrait lens and switching them back and forth is a pain and not something I’d like to subject my camera to all day long.

As per usual, I opted for photos! So if you’d like to check out our vlog from that day, make sure to keep an eye on HILLARY’S channel for that video soon.

Getting patriotic

Kayla in front of Spaceship Earth

Hillary Vlogging

CJ & Kayla Spaceship Earth

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Visiting Disneyland + I have a Youtube Channel!

The happiest place on earth

California Adventure


Back in July my roommates and I made a joke about flying to California and going to Disneyland together. The joke turned into more of a reality when we started looking at flights and hotels in the area. We found a great rate on a Marriott nearby, and flights were high, but doable. And so in August we booked our trip for late October, excited to be there during the Halloween season. This personally would be my 3rd time to Disneyland, but my roommates first (though Hillary has been to Disneyalnd park before).

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Summer Wonder – It’s Heating Up at Hollywood

It’s only been about two and a half weeks since I last posted, but I feel like life is completely different from then. Last time I was around I was heading into my last shift at Mousegear and had just moved into my apartment a few days beforehand. I was soon switching my role to Photopass at Hollywood Studios. It’s been weeks of settling in, but everything is really starting to brighten up from the unknown and worry I had at the end of May.

I started training on the 15th with a class at DU entitled “Welcome to Entertainment”. For merchandise you have a Welcome to Operations class, but Entertainment was a lot more fun because you left the classroom and were able to explore around Magic Kingdom. I won’t specify the entire day as it’s kind of a fun surprise, but it was a short class and I met some nice people that day. The next day I had my 2 core training days. We had to get our costumes before our training so myself and a friend picked out our costumes at Magic Kingdom after Welcome to Entertainment. I ended up visiting Animal Kingdom the next day because they had no shorts available at MK and it’s been sweltering. I was able to find a couple pairs.

Core training is basically the same as merchandise, only you’re obviously learning how to use the Nikon cameras instead of handling cash. I had a lot of fun with the girls in our class and the trainers those two days. We went outside our classroom to shoot and on the 2nd day visited Hollywood Studios to take shots of each other and guests to learn the photos we’d have to take on the job. In the end I was sad we all had to split up to start training at our home park. Altogether there was 3 of us heading to DHS, though there are more CPs than we had met that had classes on different days.

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The End & The Beginning : Merchandise to Photopass

I’m writing this before I head out to my last shift at Mousegear and merchandise in general. I can’t believe it’s come so quick, but only getting here in February has really sped up that process. Most of our CPs are leaving within the next few weeks and for those that are transferring to a new role or location, today is our last day! I will say that I’m mostly just sad to be leaving all the friends that I have made. Merchandise was never really for me, but knowing I could go to work and talk to my friends was what made the experience, I really loved Mousegear. Regardless, that’s coming to an end and tomorrow I am heading to  Disney University for my first training day for Photopass: Welcome to Entertainment! It’s only a 4 hour class and then I’ll be heading to Disney Springs for the opening of the new landing. I hope to take my camera and snap a few pictures. Otherwise a few things have been going on the past week.

#1. I went home for a week! It was definitely a lot more uneventful than I anticipated but it reminded me of why I moved to Orlando and why I wanted to stay. It was nice to relax and watch netflix all day. Most of it was spent packing my room up to bring down at the end of May. We went shopping for some new summer clothes and went to my favorite Thai restaurant. Yum! My flights were actually awesome, nobody sat beside me, I had my window seat, and I was able to listen to some of my favorite podcasts and read a bit of Harry Potter.


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Flower & Garden #4

Exploring Epcot (Flower & Garden)

Dang, Kayla, back at it again with the blog posts!

My program this time around differs so much from my first program in that for this program I was a lot less active in the community due to prior relationships and so I didn’t really make many new friends before I moved down here. Thus this means that I have been exploring the parks by myself a lot more because of work schedules and not being able to get my days to match up with some of my friends. I can’t complain too much though because I love traveling Disney solo. This time around I decided to spend the entire day at my new home, EPCOT, and attempt to do all of the attractions that I had never done in my 23 years.

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A Very Disney December

I’ve made a few posts since I got back from Orlando, but I’ve finished finished up most of the photos and kind of gotten everything straightened back out. I start back to school on Monday, so the posts may be later than normal (or not, I might be superwoman), so be prepared. 

I went to Disney from December 21st through December 28th. We visited Universal as well as all the Disney Parks. I only used my 50mm lens while I was there since I wanted some more detail shots. I didn’t take as many as I usually would, it was pretty dreary for most of the trip which was fine as I missed that Florida rain. I also purchased my first Annual Pass so I’m planning on returning in March for Flower and Garden and in October for Food and Wine and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. 

These are just a few shots, but you can view all my Disney photos here: cm_kayla on flickr: Disney 



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