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I had a shocking revelation a week ago while doing parade audience control for Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.

Standing in the sun with no shade, humidity at 98%, wearing pants and watching the same parade I’ve already seen several times, I realized something.

Here it is:

I love my new job.

Yes, it’s hot and busy and sometimes people are having a rough day and aren’t very nice. I close Animal Kingdom almost every night I work, waiting for the last guest to exit before I can leave. Watching the same 8 minute show over and over can feel… repetitive. But really, I’m having a wonderful time.

I guess the revelation is only really surprising to me because of the work/play balance theory; that work isn’t play and play isn’t work. The idea that people aren’t going to pay you to do something that is fun.

Obviously, life isn’t so black and white. But I can say, confidently, that I am enjoying my job and probably will for the rest of the summer. My coworkers are great—the people who work at Tree of Life with me are fantastic, but so are the other cast members I work with on a daily basis. Surrounding attractions also do parade control and they’ve been consistently helpful. The duty managers and security guards who I close the park with every night are also great to work with.

The work can be tiring some days, but overall it’s been a lot of fun.

Besides, how can you ever not like a job that lets you hang out with Woody on your days off?

Besides, how can you ever not like a job that lets you hang out with Woody on your days off?

I have been trying to take advantage of my time here, both at work and during my time off. It’s tough because my friends and I all have completely different schedules, but we make it work.

Hoping to blog more when I get the chance.

With love,