There was plenty of information about working in recreation on your CP when it came to Children;s Activities and a good bit of info about Marina, so I thought I had a clear picture of what I could be doing down here. Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. I am assigned to the marina so I do work on the docks from time to time but I am primarily assigned to work Gates.
My location is the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, home to the absolutely wonderful Stormalong Bay. The bottom of the pool is covered in sand, there is a lazy river in the middle of the pool complex, and the wrecked ship on the beach is home to the top of a pretty killer water slide. This awesomeness caused many people from other resorts to travel to our pool and crowd out the Y&B guests, prompting the need for a way to control who gets into the pool. Guests need a current reservation at Y&B to get onto the pool deck which means that somebody has to stand at the four entrances and tap Magic Bands all day. That somebody is me.
I was not prepared at all for how physically demanding this work is. I am on my feet from 8:45 in the morning to 7:15 pm with one 30 and one 45 minute break during the day. I always have about four hours between my first break and my second but sometimes my first break is at 10:30 in the morning – way too early to eat my lunch – so by my second break I am starving and feel sick. My heels constantly feel like they are bruised and my knees and hips have started to ache whenever I move. There are some crazy long days on gates where I am pretty sure my entire body is going to fall apart before I get to the break room to clock out and go home.
That being said, I adore my coworkers. The other CPs and I get along pretty well and the full timers are equally wonderful. I will always complain about my job itself but I could never complain about the place I work. The people are wonderful, the resort is beautiful, and of course the company is magical. I am 100% enjoying my perks like the free admission and cast discount (and probably spending way too much money with the latter). I am so grateful for this experience and everything I am learning about myself from it.