June 12, 2016

Today I woke up to the most horrible news.  The fact that a terrorist attack could happen in the same city I’m living in felt like a nightmare.  When I woke up and looked online only 20 people had been pronounced dead, but later that number grew to 50 dead and 53 injured and the news was calling it the deadliest mass shooting in US history.  I won’t lie, I was nervous to leave the apartment.  I knew that they assumed there were no further threats but the hardest part for me was knowing that I could have easily been a person in that bar.  Many of the people who were there were Disney cast members and most of them were around my age.  I will never understand how a human being can do something like that to others. I feel deeply for everyone affected, and for our country.  I can’t imagine the terror of being in that situation.  Rest in peace to all of the people killed-I still can’t believe it.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay locked in the apartment.  I had to be at my first day of training at 12:30 pm.  I drove to Disney University and thankfully left myself enough time to get lost on the way because I did.  My GPS really isn’t worth anything some days. I will say driving past Space Mountain on your way to work feels pretty cool though.

Day one of training was pretty dull. We essentially talked about the four keys that are Disney’s foundation: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.  Most of it to me was common sense but some of it was useful information like different amenities offered to guests with disabilities and how we can make magic with our guests. The worst part of the whole day was going over how to move safely in the workplace.  We had to act out how to lift boxes and things and it was really boring-important, but boring.

A guy sitting next to me talked to me a lot about the shooting.  Apparently, he had been to Pulse many times and was absolutely devastated. He had some friends that he knew were at the bar and knew someone whose brother was still missing. It really put everything into perspective with how fortunate I am to even be alive and how you should never take a day for granted.

After training we all decided to just hang out around the apartment.  We were all tired and had different training schedules so we just had a lazy night.  Especially with the attack, none of us really had the desire to go anywhere.