As I mentioned before, I had planned a very short trip to Florida to audition for a face character at the great Disney World. My plane left for Orlando at 7:00am from the little Abilene airport and we landed in around 12:00. Michaela and I waited around, nervously for about two hours, trying to kill time by wandering around the airport, going to the different souvenir shops. Then at 2ish we caught our very first cab ride to the Animal Kingdom Rehersal Studio for our audition. Although the info sheet for the audition said there is no need to arrive earlier than 3pm, we got there a wee bit before 3 and we are sure glad we did! There were 60 girls in front of us, and the number only got bigger as time went on. There were close to 400 beautiful girls at that audition. While in line, we meet a reall cute and really nice girl from Orlando. Her name was Amelia and this was here first time to audition as well. We were handed numbers, mine was 61, and then we were in line to measure our height. After we were measured, we were all smooshed into a gym-like room and we sat and mingled with the other girls. We waited for quite a while until one of the audition officials took us in groups of 50 to th casting room. Since they were overwhelmed with girls, they decided to reverse their order of the audition process and instead of teaching us a small dance routine and then look us over, they looked us over first and cut girls there. And I mean it was a drastic cut. Out of the 50, they only kept 4 girls. Unfortunately I wasn't one of the like 4.
After the audition, we exchanged numbers with Amelia, and she offered some very up encouraging words and a place to stay if we ever came back. I think we definitely had a real connection with her. It is so weird how you can randomly meet someone and have this magical like bond that you know will last. After she left, we went to Downtown Disney to eat, celebrate our journey, and go shopping until a friend who we were staying with picked us up. We splurged on our dinner at the Fulton's Crab House after we watched a Canadian high school dance team perform. We walked around and shopped at the World of Disney store.
The audition process itself wasn't worth the plane ticket, but meeting Amelia and then staying with a friend who is a current cast member as a character definitely made up for it. She told us a lot of great information that encouraged me to audition again soon! She was super sweet and really an inspiring girl to be around, even though we only saw her for a couple of hours. She got off at 8 and then had a party at like 9:30ish. Then we had to sleep and run to catch a cab to the airport at 6 in the morning. We barely made our flight because the cab was late and then there was an issue with our boarding pass, but we didn't stress out over it because there's really nothing you can do about it, so why work up a sweat over it? But we made it just in time to grab a delicious blueberry muffin for breakfast and hop on board. We landed in good ole Abilene at 11:25 and was picked up by our friend, Britt.
All in all, my 20 hour Florida consisted of many wonderful memories that will last me a lifetime. Just the fact that we went and were on our own was exciting enough. Plus I have one more "fun fact" that has been added to my list. It was a wonderful trip and I would totally do it again.