It’s Been A Crazy One | Rachel Cerys

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I stepped foot in Orlando just four days ago yet I already feel like I’ve been here for months. I’ve settled in really well, made some amazing friends, and already spent a shit ton of money but I’m happy, because who wouldn’t be if they were spending their summer in Walt Disney World. However, that being said, it wasn’t the smoothest of journeys to get where I’m sat now; in my new room, on a somewhat comfy bed, having just used my apartment’s fancy gym.

Saturday the 15th of June started off as well as it could. I woke up around 6am, of course singing “7am the usual morning line-up…“, I finished packing, making sure I had all the important documents; my medication and of course safely securing Winnie the Pooh and Bolt into my hand luggage.

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Flying from Gatwick meant my family and I had to set off pretty early. We left around 7:15am and arrived at Gatwick within plenty of time to meet my friends, Katie and Sammy, who I was flying with, for our 12.35pm flight. Everything was going just fine, my luggage was all under the required weight and I safely got through security without any questions about my medication, one thing I was pretty worried about.

Being the 22 year olds we are, Katie, Sammy and I headed straight to Starbucks to settle ourselves and wait for our gate. All was well until the departure boards informed us of a two hour delay. My exact words were “well I hate plane food, so at least we can have lunch in the airport before we board”. Spoiler alert, that came to bite me in the bum. Only half an hour later, looking at the boards once again, our plane was no longer delayed and we were set to board and take off at our original time. At this point, we didn’t know that once boarded we would have to sit and wait two hours, taking off at the original delayed time of 2:30pm.

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Sammy – Katie – Me

The reason for the delay…someone had stolen one of the emergency exit signs. Yup, that’s right, something as little as that caused us a two hour delay. The flight was decent, I’m never one to fuss about a plane as long as it gets me to my desired destination. However, flying with Thomas Cook for nine hours with only six films and six episodes of different tv shows was a tad annoying. But what can you do when you paid less than £400 for a direct flight to Orlando.

We landed in Orlando around 6:30pm (US time) but didn’t make it to our hotel until 10:30pm. With a two hour immigration line and another 20 minute delay which was caused by broken sliding doors, everything that could go wrong did. We had all been up almost 24 hours and we just wanted to eat and sleep by this time. Luckily for us, Disney’s Magical Express was waiting for us to take us to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, where we were staying for two nights prior to starting our program.

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Me – Katelyn – Sammy – Katie

Jet lag didn’t hit me too bad and on Sunday 16th of June I woke up around 7am eagerly anticipating our Character Breakfast at Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The breakfast was delicious, it was an all you could eat buffet but the food was brought to you, including the famous Mickey waffles. We got to meet our soon-to-be boss, Mickey Mouse, as well as my personal fav, Stitch.

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I officially felt like I was in Walt Disney World but I still have to pinch myself sometimes. We spent the rest of the day exploring our resort, getting to know each other and making memories, before heading out to Disney Springs for dinner and watching Happily Ever After from the Polynesian Resort Beach at night. Overall, it was the most perfect first day but I can’t lie it was hard walking past the Magic Kingdom and not being able to go in; two days and I will. Bring on Traditions.

Make sure to follow me along on Instagram to see constant pictures of my Disney adventure.

Rachel x

 

 

Feeling the Love | Rachel Cerys

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It’s now only four days before I get on that jet plane and start my ultimate Disney adventure, and this past weekend friends and family gathered to celebrate my dream with me. Minnie ears were worn, lots of cake was eaten and the sun shone, even if only for a while.

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T-Shirt – Bershka | Shorts – Levi’s | Belt – River Island | Shoes – Vans
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Cake – my mum 

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Friends and family came from far and wide to spend the day with me and it was lovely being able to see everyone and spend some time with them before I leave the country.  I don’t think it has actually sunk in how long I will be away for. Missing home comforts like a good cup of tea while snuggled up in bed, not being able to contact my loved ones and getting instant replies, not being able to hug them when I’m feeling down, and of course, the missing out on the classic British game shows. Having never lived away from home before I know the homesickness will be real until I get settled and into a new routine out in America.

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Marc

This guy right here is the most supportive guy I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. We’ve known each other for almost five years but we’ve been dating about a year and a half. He has always known about my Disney obsession and known that working at Walt Disney World has been my one and only dream. So to know that he’ll be there when we reunite in Walt Disney World at the end of August means the world. It will be hard not to have him a half hour drive away but yet a whole ocean, but he’s letting me live my dream and for that, I’m forever grateful.

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Frannie

To the sister who always smashes it with the presents and who has always had the most amazing reactions every time I’ve called her to tell her something Disney related. Whether it was getting my first interview or finding out I got in, tears were inevitable. I’m going to miss her so much but she went traveling for three months and left me at home so it’s only right to do the same to her, right?

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To the parents who initiated this passion for Disney I have. Who always told me to follow my dreams and never give up. To the dad who gave me a second chance at life and without him being so selfless and donating his kidney this dream of mine wouldn’t be possible. To the mum who has always loved me unconditionally and been supportive of everything I’ve set out to achieve. Thank you to you both for cooking the most amazing BBQ for my leaving party and baking a cake that always makes peoples eyes widen and mouth’s open, I love you both so much!

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To my friends who have been through it all with me. I’ve known Sophie (far left) for nine years and we met through our obsession with JLS. Every time I call or text with something exciting she is there to share my enthusiasm. She is so supportive and means the world to me. Rosie (right) and I have known each other for about 15 years. Every year I’ve had her in my life it has been amazing because she’s been there for me 24/7. We have our tradition of “Costa dates” and I wouldn’t change it or you for anything. I’ve known Dani (far right) since we were babies, she was actually born a month after me. It’s been 22 years of friendship and whatever life throws at us it has never made us lose contact. Thank you for all the memories for the last two decades, here’s to many more decades together.

Friends are the family members you choose and I love my friends to pieces and I’ll miss them so much. But I know the minute I message them with a Disney story they’ll be there to share the experience with me even though we’re separated by thousands of miles and an entire ocean.

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To everyone who came to celebrate with me, thank you! Thank you for being so supportive of my crazy dream and loving me, Disney obsession and everything in between. I’ll make sure to document everything and promise to never shut up about my Disney adventures.

Rachel x

 

Finishing University | Rachel Cerys

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People say life goes by in a blink of an eye. They say time flies when you’re having fun. But you don’t truly understand what they mean until you’ve been to university. Everyone tries to prepare you by telling you how quickly their university experience slipped through their fingers, but it’s only when your last day of university comes around that you truly understand what they mean.

University tests you in ways that are unimaginable unless you know what it’s like to be a student. I was pushed mentally, emotionally and physically. The amount of ups and downs I’ve experienced the last three years has been a true test for me, and yes sometimes I crumbled, but other times I exceeded my own personal boundaries and proved to myself how strong I can be.

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Class of 2019

I’ve spent the last three years studying Graphic Design and Visual Communication. Was it fun? Some days were unforgettable and some I can leave in the past. Was it stressful? You could say that. But was it beneficial? Yes. I’ve learned a lot the past three years, not only with design but by exploring my own limits as well. I’m grateful for the people I’ve met and for the lectures who passed on their own experiences to enable me to develop into the designer I am today. However, I truly believe that you can never stop learning, pushing yourself to new levels and expanding your horizons.

Four years ago I did not expect to have reached this point in my life. In 2015 I had a kidney transplant, spending my gap year, not backpacking across South East Asia but recovering from a major operation. I suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease and have done since I was seven years old. Therefore, to express my gratitude to the charities I’ve met along the way, to the NHS and to raise awareness for my condition, my final major project was all about Chronic Kidney Disease.

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Final Major Project – You Got This 

Although I studied graphic design, we were able to create anything we desired as long as it had graphic elements. Therefore for my final major project, I decided to host an event called ‘ugotis (you got this)’ which helped raise awareness for Chronic Kidney Disease. I had charities such as Rays of Sunshine and Kidney Care UK involved. I was able to design and produce a book all about my own personal journey with CKD and I also had some interactive elements sprinkled throughout the event space. I’m so pleased with what I was able to achieve and feel like I have managed to spread more awareness, and because of this I am no longer stressing about my grade. Instead, I’m proud of myself and everything I’ve accomplished to help the charities and open people’s eyes to CKD.

If you don’t know me personally, I’m quite a shy person. I don’t like interacting and introducing myself to new people and I especially hate talking about my health to others. Coming to university has really helped me put myself out there more. But for me to organise and host an event in which I was constantly networking for about two months and when the time came talking to around thirty people on the night of the graduation show about my condition was a massive achievement for me. The night was a success and at the end of the day, no grade will ever compare to the elated feeling I had for myself and my event on the completion of university.

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So that’s it! Another three years of my life have whizzed by and it’s time for the next adventure. How am I celebrating graduating university? By flying out to Orlando and living out my dream and achieving one of my lifelong ambitions of working out in Walt Disney World. From one life milestone to another, 2019 has been incredible so far and I can not wait to see what Disney has in store for me. Feel free to follow along and experience more of what life has to throw at me.

Rachel x

Disney is Waiting… | Rachel Cerys

Disney is Waiting… | Rachel Cerys

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You’ve experienced heartbreak, crushed dreams and not meant to be’s, but what happens when your wildest dreams, things you never thought were possible, actually came true?

Think about it for a moment. Let that dream that has been simmering in your body to rise to the surface. Believe that it’s happening. Believe that it’s real. Flood your mind with it. Let it soak your skin. Now, instead of that dream never coming true, you start to take the steps to achieve it. And with each step you get closer. And with hard work and dedication it leads you to where you want to be. Where is that destination for you? For me, with each passing day, that dream is leading me to Walt Disney World.

When I say it’s been my dream, I mean it’s been my one and only dream. My first proper aspiration I remember thinking of and have not let go of it since. The dream to work at Walt Disney World. I’ve wanted to be a Walt Disney World Cast Member since I was a little girl, but with my dream half way across the Atlantic Ocean, I never thought my dream would ever come true. So when doors started to open and I peeked through and saw my dream in the distance I had to take the leap of faith. Surely someone like me can’t achieve their biggest lifelong dream at the age of twenty-one?

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First ever trip to Walt Disney World in 2000/2001. I was 3 years old. 

Unfortunately, that door stayed ajar, and for a time that door even closed. I never knew if it would open for me again, and that dream I had had since I was a little girl started to slip through my fingers. Sadly, and I hate to admit it, but I lost sight of it completely at one point. It was like it has been erased from my memory. Believing in the right place at the right time can make you hold on to things through the roughest of seas, but it can also make you loose faith. You start hearing yourself say “I guess it wasn’t meant to be”. You start giving up, not only on your dream but on yourself as well, and once that happens that lifelong dream starts traveling further and further away.

Luckily for me, it was the right place, right time. I overcame the period in my life where I went blind from my dream. At first, it was blurry but soon the fire I once had was relit. My vision was awakening and my dream was coming back into focus. And this time I didn’t let go.

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My entire family celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Magic Kingdom – 2013/14

Two years, two applications, three interviews and a WHOLE lot of waiting later I can finally say my dream is coming true. Yes, that’s right, I’m going to be a Walt Disney World Cast Member. My dream, the idea I’ve built up in my head, all those days of wishing and imagining what it would be like, is finally happening. I found out in November 2018 but as of today I only have two weeks to wait until I’m on that plane to start this crazy new adventure I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl.

Walt Disney once said, “all your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” I may have lost my way for a while but I managed to rediscover my dream. Life has a funny way of turning things around for you. Give it time and it will show you the light. It gave me mine and I can not wait to live out my dream and make magic every day because that’s what life is about, no? Making magical moments? Well, I’ve certainly been given mine.

Thank you so much for reading. Whether an old or new reader, welcome back, it’s been a while. Hopefully, I’ll be back for “good” now as I’ve officially finished university and I’m ready for my new adventure. So feel free to follow along and come on this crazy journey with me.

Rachel xBqTmJROi

 



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