There are many different ways to celebrate a 21st birthday. Some people get drunk. Other people go to Disney World. I however, spent most of my day working at Disney World. One of the many things that makes working at the Emporium so unique is the late nights. Magic Kingdom is open until midnight most nights. That means the shops on Main Street are open until 1 AM. After the last guest leaves the Emporium at 1:25 in the morning, it takes approximately two hours to get the store stocked, and show-ready for the next day. Yes, my bedtime most nights this summer was 4 AM. So there I was, watching the clock at 11:58 on July 30th, waiting for my birthday to begin. And as soon as it did, I put on my birthday button (a gift from the mouse, given for free to any guest who asks for one), and immediately began celebrating my birthday! Granted the first three hours were celebrated while checking out guests and stocking the store, but many people, both guests and coworkers, wished me a happy birthday. When you work with such cool people, having to work on your birthday isn’t such a bad thing. 🙂
Finally, at around 3:30, the store was closed and ready for the next day, so Allergy Pride drove home and crawled into bed so we could be up in two hours for – wait for it – breakfast at Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest is one of the most famous restaurants in Magic Kingdom, and by far the coolest. It is themed to look like the Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast, so after you go in and order your breakfast at a kiosk, you get to walk in and choose which room you want to sit in. One of the rooms is the West Wing which has the Beast’s rose, and a portrait of Prince Adam. We, however, chose the main ballroom where Belle and the Beast dance to “Tale as Old as Time.” It’s absolutely stunning; the ceiling is painted with cherubs, the chandeliers look just like the movie, and out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the back of the room it is always snowing. If you think there’s a more magical place for a 21st birthday, you’re wrong.
Now, dining out with Allergy Pride + Heather (one of our co-workers who also has many allergies) is always an adventure. Magic Kingdom, however, is great at handling allergies, and all five of us were able to find something to eat! Our meals came out, complete with gluten-free bread, and toothpicks labeled as “Allergy.” I’ve never felt so fancy in my life. Once we were full from our deliciously magical breakfast, we headed outside to check the wait times for the different rides. My personal favorite ride at Magic Kingdom is Big Thunder Mountain and – lucky me! – it had the shortest wait! We headed over to the 30 minute line, and passed the time by me teaching Reid “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” in sign language.
After the ride was over and we were satisfied that we’d had a fantastic time, we decided it was time to head home for a nap – but not before stopping to take pictures in front of the castle! We took a few hundred, but that’s okay, I don’t think the PhotoPass Cast Member minded…
Photos in hand, we actually did go back and relax for a few hours before heading back into work. I’m not sure if any of us really got a nap in, but adrenaline works just as well to function on right? And we finished work at 1 that night, not 3, so we got to go to bed early! Overall recap of the day:
Hours awake on my 21st birthday: 21
Hours worked on my 21st birthday: 10
Magical Memories made on my 21st birthday: Too many to count