PROTIP: Listen to our protips

Three weeks ago my friend Kristen came to visit and we had the absolute best time together! We spent one day at Universal Studios and three days at Walt Disney World. Despite higher crowds than predicted (thanks a lot Playlist Live and Cheerleading Worlds), we still got to do pretty much everything we had wanted to do! Kristen and I thought it would be funny to do a post about all of our PROTIPS, so listen up friends! (UPDATED: 10/21/16) Kristen helped me come up with this list and if you ever want to check out her blog you can do so here.

PROTIP: Bring a poncho if there is rain in the forecast! It is also handy for keeping your bags dry on water rides.

PROTIP: If it does rain, the majority of people will most likely end up leaving the park and this can be a great time to take some awesome pictures and encounter shorter wait times for attractions.


NO LINE for Escape from Gringotts


PROTIP: When utilizing the free lockers at Universal Studios, try your best to get one at the end of a row. The locker area can get super crowded and it’s a waste of time to have to push through a mob of people to get to your locker and then back out again.

PROTIP: Bring an extra pair of clothes if you plan on riding any of the water rides at Universal Studios. If you don’t have Chacos, bring a pair of flip flops to change into for these attractions! Shoes are required on all rides and you don’t want your tennies to get soaked. Also, at any merchandise location you can ask for a plastic bag to put your wet things in afterwards.

PROTIP: Make sure to delete as many pictures off of your camera and phone as possible before your trip so you can take a ton of pictures. We took almost 600 photos!!

PROTIP: Get comfortable with asking PhotoPass photographers and random strangers to take your photos!! Yes it’s awkward and uncomfortable, but you’ll be thankful in the long run.

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DCP Bucket List

So today officially marks the halfway point of my program which is bittersweet. I feel like I just got here but at the same time I feel so at home and like I’ve been here for ages. I haven’t posted in a while so I thought I would post my bucket list of everything I still want to do before August. Now I know this list looks long, but you’d be surprised at how much I’ve already done off my list that I didn’t include below. I’ll try to keep the list up to date and cross things off as I do them 🙂 (last update: 08/04/16)

General Disney

  • Pick up a shift in every park
  • Start an autograph book
  • Mickey’s Retreat
  • All FOUR parks in one day
  • Meet every character
  • Read a book in the park
  • Backstage tour of some kind
  • Cast Preview of a new attraction or show
  • VoluntEar
  • Ride every ride with an outdoor component at night
  • Watch fireworks from a ride
  • Get my named stitched on my Mickey ears
  • Blizzard Beach
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Fantasia Gardens (putt putt)
  • Winter Summerland (putt putt)
  • College Program Service Celebration


On Disney Property

  • Explore every resort
  • The Wave…Of American Flavors
  • Beaches & Cream
  • Boma
  • Grand Floridian Cafe-Lunch
  • Kona Cafe-Dinner
  • Artist Point
  • Roaring Fork
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • The Boathouse
  • Raglan Road
  • Morimoto Asia
  • T-Rex
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue


Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbitor
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • A Pirate’s Adventure- Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Sorceror’s of Magic Kingdom
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Dapper Dans
  • Hoedown Happening
  • Main Street Trolley Show
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
  • Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Be Our Guest- Breakfast
  • Be Our Guest- Dinner
  • Electric Water Pageant
  • 4th of July Fireworks
  • Citrus Swirl


Hollywood Studios

  • Ride Tower of Terror on Friday, May 13th
  • New additions to Star Wars Fireworks


Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Wilderness Explorers
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Flights of Wonder
  • Rivers of Light (IF it ever opens)
  • The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
  • Nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Tree of Life Awakening
  • Discovery Island Carnivale
  • Tusker House
  • Tiffins
  • Yak & Yeti



  • Eat at every Flower & Garden booth
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Soarin’ Over California
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Impressions de France
  • O Canada!
  • Via Napoli
  • Restaurant Marrakesh


Outside Disney

  • Go to the beach
  • Explore Celebration
  • Take a dance class at a nearby studio
  • Take a salsa/bachata class


Wish me luck!