Reunited and it feeeels soooo gooood.
Quick(ish) intro story: The Walt Disney Company uses more acronyms, in all aspects of their work (at least in the theme park sector) than anyone I’ve ever seen, ever. A “CP” is the affectionate (mostly) Disney-slang term for a member of the Disney College Program. Which I was way back in the spring of 2007, at Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The ride is enormous, and needs a really large staff so we had a TON of CPs.
All of us had very similar schedules, because Animal Kingdom is never open super late due to the sleeping habits of our lions and elephants and zebras. Therefore all 40+ of us there throughout the months of January to August pretty much became best friends. Seriously. Best. Friends. According to some of the full time Cast Members (aka employees) we were basically freaks of nature for hanging out together in ginormous groups all the time. Who wants to hang out with the people you work with 24/7?! We did, apparently. A lot of us still talk on a semi-regular basis, from across the country, three whole years later. Like I said, freaks of nature.
This post’s title comes from the fact that I took 5bajillion photos on my program, and I’d call the albums silly things like “CPs at the Parks: Vol 1-12” and “CPs Blast Off! A Kennedy Space Center Adventure” based on whatever we were doing those days. Like my own brand of ridiculously cheesy children’s books. So that’s that.
ANYWHO. That whole thing was all to say that my CP friend Matt and some of his friends came to LA this past week and last Sunday I met up with them for dinner at Downtown Disney. I hadn’t seen Matt since I left the internship almost 3 years ago so it was great to catch up!
We talked about his recent graduation…
And LA, and what I’ve been up to, and how Matt will be back at Disney World on a Professional Internship (!!!) in his first step at being full time with the company and doing lots of awesome things …and then transferring to headquarters out here in LA so I have more Disney friends to play with on a regular basis.
We had dinner with his cousin and friends at La Brea Bakery (great mini sliders. delicious.), and explored Downtown Disney until they went to see Shrek 4, and I headed home to bawl my eyes out during the LOST finale. Good times.
Can’t wait for more reunions to head my way 🙂