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Safaris Training Day 4!

I got to take guests today!!! Sorry, but I’m still super excited about that. I didn’t have to come in until 10:45 because it was the closing training day, so it was nice to sleep in a bit. Nothing too exciting happened before lunch, I got to work a couple of “safety” land positions, which basically means you just have to be extra alert when working those because people can get injured if you’re not doing your job. After I got used to them, I liked them all except for the merge position, which is still kind of complicated to me.

After lunch, we picked up a truck and we realized it was a “new” truck, which you have to be separately trained on from the old trucks. So even though I was ready to take guests, I couldn’t because I had never driven a new truck before. So we did two rounds without guests and it was pouring, which was another challenge because I’d never driven the ride path in the rain, but it was awesome because so many animals were playing in the rain. I definitely recommend a rainy safari if you don’t mind getting a little wet.

Anyway, after two rounds in the new truck, my trained asked if I was ready for guests and I said I thought I was so we pulled up to departure and I got guests! Woohoo! I started out shaky (the parking brake is weird on the new trucks and it was still on when I tried pulling away from the dock…) but everything else was great! At the end of the round when everyone was getting off the truck, my trainer stood up and announced that it was my first safari and everyone cheered and clapped and one family said they would have never known it was my first safari because I did so well. And I kind of wanted to cry because it was like the best moment ever.

I got to do one more round with guests after that and when I said one of my facts about the flamingos, I heard the woman in the first row (who had told me when she got on that she’d done Safaris twice already today) say that she didn’t know the fact I said, which made me feel great about my spiel.

After that, I got to close a couple of trucks and almost took out a cement pole (oops) but managed to miss it by an inch. I might have been a little cocky after completely two safaris. It was a great day though and I’m almost sad that I won’t be back for two days.

Safaris Training Days 2 and 3!

Kind of forgot to write about day 2 after day 2 cause I fell asleep at 6:45… But day two was good! I got to drive some more and work on spotting animals. I also got to work at the grouping and departure positions. I like grouping, I don’t really like departure cause I kind of kept panicking, but hopefully it’ll get better.

Day 3 started out meh cause I felt super sick all morning, but luckily all we did was stuff in the training room and land positions. We did fastpass which was pretty routine for me because I’m used to doing fastpass. It was slightly different from FoLK, but not much. We also did the merge position which was tricky for me because there’s a crazy fastpass to standby ratio you have to stick to. In the afternoon, I got to drive a truck again and I think I’m almost ready for guests! Yay!

Also forgot to mention that when I was walking out of work on day 2, I passed by one of the tumble monkeys that I’ll occasionally talk to and I waved and all he said was “Traitor.” and kept walking. And I know he was kidding but it just kind of made me sad for a second because I do feel a bit like a traitor. I saw him today though and the first thing he said was that he was going to come ride my truck and I told him he had to, so that made me feel better about yesterday’s interaction. (Also just to clarify, I’m very happy with my transfer and I’m super excited about working at Safaris, so I’m not regretting anything at all, especially since I’m still picking up FoLK shifts.)

Tink pointed out that my ears must have been made from blue pixie dust, which would make them the most powerful of ears because blue pixie dust is the most powerful. I didn’t know this, so Tinkerbell tried explaining, but Katelyn said that she knew all about it, and Tink said that Katelyn would have to have the pixie dust talk with me later. This prompted me to ask if she would teach me about the pixie dust birds and bees (the “talk” about pixie dust reminded me of birds and bees or seemed similar or something). Poor Tink, she kind of cracked and started giggling a lot. She eventually recovered and recommended asking Fawn about the birds and bees since she knew more about animals. Perfect interaction :)

Training Day 1 at Safaris!

So first off, let me just say how completely different Safaris is from my FoLK experience. Not even in a good or bad way, it’s just almost the exact opposite from theatre ops.

I started off at opening this morning and my trainer got us a truck (which he says normally doesn’t happen until day 3 or 4, but I don’t know how true that is) and I drove it around the parking lot a bit before he drove the ride path and then I drove the ride path. It was terrifying but also completely awesome.

We also got to sit in the back of another safari later on and I started learning facts about the animals and had to picture identify some of them, which I think might be the hardest part for me. I also got the entire spiel script so I’ve spent a good amount of time with that this evening.

So overall my first day was completely overwhelming, but I’m so far very excited about this change :)

First off, Buzz didn’t even want anyone but Katelyn in the pictures and tried to shoo us away, but he agreed to let us join when I said that my ears were in honor of Star Command. He liked them so much that I put them on him. He then made sure we all saluted in honor of the Fourth of July. Then he made Katelyn close her eyes and ran over, ripped a leaf off of a plant, stamped it with his signature and presented it to her. Amazing time with the best space ranger there is!

I was pretty much outside all day today. And it was hot. Although our air conditioner broke so outside was better than inside at one point. I was at Timon when our AC broke and it was so hot and stuffy it felt like I was trying to breathe water. Being outside wasn’t too bad. I got to talk to a lot of guests and most of them were awesome. Some were just uninterested in talking to me, which happens.

I also got to talk to one of my leaders about Safaris because he used to work there, so now I’m less in the dark about training and a little less scared about everything (although I’m still super anxious). Tomorrow I start training!

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