Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tales From The College Program: Housing

In my last College Program related post we basically covered the interview process and that I was selected as part of the Fall Advantage 2003 program.  Fall Advantage really just means that I worked from June to January instead of August to January (which is the Fall programs schedule).

At the time Disney had 3 apartment complexes where CP's lived.  Vista Way and Chatham were for regular CP's and The Commons was where the kids in the International Programs lived.  Chatham was much nicer than Vista Way, but in May they had moved everyone from Chatham to Vista Way to save money, so we had no choice.  At this point you might be wondering "Hey, where is Vista Way?"  Next time your driving down I-4 past Downtown Disney and you and your family are staring at the Casting Building, look on the other side of the freeway, thats Vista Way.

Vista Way is the oldest of the three, and from what I've heard has been used by CP's since the 80's.  Ralf and I arrived bright and early and were the second people in line to check in.  We were given 2 options for living arrangements.  We could move in with 4 guys from the Spring Program who would be moving out in July/August or move into an empty apartment that they would fill up that day with new recruits.  We decided on the already occupied apartment because the guy doing the check in told us we had a good chance of having the apartment to ourselves after our roommates moved out.

The gave us apartment 1205, which should be an important number to all of you Disney fans.  The apartment wasn't bad, especially for have 6 guys living in it.  There is a living room with an open kitchen.  Three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  One bathroom is off the living room and the other is inside one of the bedrooms, so four guys share one and two guys get the other.  The bedrooms have walk in closets and each guy gets a side, plus a locker to lock up any valuables.  We had a view of the parking lot, but there are plenty of man made ponds all over the complex.

Rent at the time was $65 a week which was automatically deducted from your check.  We did not have to pay for electricity, cable, or water.  If you are under 21 when you check in (like I was until September) you have to live in a "Wellness" apartment which meant no alcohol allowed.  If you are over 21 though you can live in an apartment with others of legal drinking age and have all the alcohol you want.  If you turn 21 during the program and want to drink you have to move out of a Wellness apartment.  That's pretty much it as far as College Program living.

During check in we also took pictures for our Vista Way ID.  You cannot get into College Program housing unless you have an ID or have been signed in for the day by a CP.  The Vista Way ID cards are color coded and change when one program moves out.  They also let security know if you are under 21 (in case they break up a party)There is a security booth at the entrance that checks the Vista Way ID of everyone in your car. As you will learn in future posts though, sneaking in is not very complicated. No overnight guests are allowed, security will come after midnight to make sure anyone you have checked in has left.

 We were also give our job/role (which will be the topic of my next CP post).  The first day of the program is actually very hectic, there are all sorts of meetings going on.  I actually still have all my paper work so I'll scan the first day schedule and post it.

Here's a much younger me at the door to 1205.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kitchen Cabaret: Update

Let's travel back to 1984, when Epcot Center was at it's best and look at a couple shots from Kitchen Cabaret inside The Land.  I do not remember much about this show, so your on your own for commentary.

I'd love to know what happen to these Animatronics, anyone know?

Cousin Orville was kind enough to share these amazing pictures with us!

He looks pretty beat, but at least he's still around.

 Our pals over at Imagineering Disney commented that some of the Animatronics are still kickin' around Epcot!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Im Lazy

Hey kids, did you like old photographs?  Well I do, in fact I have another blog where all I do is post old pictures that I found in a box in my Mom's attic.  I think my Dad found them when he worked at a retirement home and kept them.  Anyway, since Im really too lazy to update both multiple times a week I'm going to start posting some of those pictures here.  Here is one of my favorite pictures from the box.

I posted this one a while back on the picture blog, but it's so good I decided to post it again.  Here's what is written on the back.

I looked at old St. Louis photos and I guessed it was the State Hospital.  Well I sent the picture to a St. Louis Historical Society and they actually researched it for me!

I did some research on your photos, and I think they are of the City Infirmary which was located at 5900 Arsenal Street. It was also called the City Isolation Hospital and U.S. General Hospital #40.  It was on the same street as the State Hospital (5300 Arsenal Street), so you were very close!

The architecture matches some photographs we have of the City Infirmary much more closely than that of the State Hospital. I also looked up the names of the nurses from the back of your photo in a 1914 City Directory and found a Bessie Bray listed as a nurse, an Alice Hachard listed as a housekeeper, and a Nellie Hatchard listed as an attendant all at the Infirmary.

Hope that answers your question. I enjoy solving these sorts of mysteries, so thanks for the challenge!

So there you have it kids, More posts coming your way, not necessarily Disney related, but in my opinion still pretty neat.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Farley Granger: 1925-2011

I had no clue that Farley Granger passed away on March 27th.  If you are not familiar with him, he starred in two of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films, Rope and Strangers on a Train.  Last year I wrote him a letter and he was kind enough to sign this picture for me.

Spoiler Alert: Strangers on a Train ends with a carousel fight...

As far as I know he has no Disney connection, but if you're an avid reader of this blog you'll know that I sometimes stray from Disney topics.  So, search your netflix (or whatever you people use to watch movies) and watch Rope and Stranger on a Train this weekend for my boy Farley Granger.