I worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for two years, and it was a total dream come true.
I often fondly look back at things that made it so special, but like with any job, there are also some things I'm glad to be done with.
While I was at Disney, I encountered little kids having the best day ever every shift.
Whether their day was magical because they ate an entirely too big ice-cream sundae, met a beloved Disney character, or rode one of their favorite rides, I loved being able to see the purest smiles on their faces.
One of my favorite things about working at the Disney Junior Dance Party in Hollywood Studios was seeing the kids' eyes light up when they saw Mickey Mouse on stage. They would yell, "It's Mickey!" and wave or jump up and down to get his attention.
It felt really full circle because it was amazing to be a small part of the same magic that I experienced going to the parks as a kid.
I totally felt like I was part of the Disney family Every job I've had has always claimed to be a "work family," but I've never felt that as much as I did at Disney.
In each location I worked across the parks, I felt like I was a part of a family. There's something so special about the Disney community, and it was really easy for me to get along with and befriend my coworkers.
Since many of my coworkers, like me, moved away from their family and friends to work at the parks, people were really eager to hang out outside of work and build a home away from home.
Even though I'm no longer working for the company, those coworkers are still some of my closest friends.
Selena Gomez Is "Beyond Proud" of Past Work After Joke About Signing "Life Away to Disney" | PEOPLE
elena Gomez is clarifying that her past comments about her time on the Disney Channel were all in good fun.
While promoting the upcoming Hulu series Only Murders in the Building earlier this month, the 29-year-old singer joked about being a teen actress, having starred on Wizards of Waverly Place from 2007 to 2012.
"I signed my life away to Disney at a very young age, so I didn't know exactly what I was doing," she said at the Television Critics Association press panel, alongside costars Steve Martin and Martin Short. "I was a kid I didn't know what I was doing, I was just running around on set, and now I feel like a sponge and I soak up all the wisdom that I can."
Disney Week: Heroes Night Opening - Dancing with the Stars
Watch the opening of Dancing with the Stars Disney Week: Heroes Night!
Dancing With the Stars would like us to come along and sing the song and join the jamboree… not once, but twice this week.
You guessed it: Disney Week has taken over the ABC competition series once more, with Monday’s episode celebrating Disney heroes, while Tuesday’s special installment will feature dances inspired by Disney villains. And in true fairytale fashion, Monday’s broadcast delivered a happily-ever-after moment when no couples were eliminated from Season 30.
Still, the remaining 13 couples were tasked with learning two performances this week, and all of Monday’s routines had to incorporate the Mickey Dance Challenge, a short piece of choreography — courtesy of Mickey Mouse himself — that had to pop up somewhere in each couple’s performance, regardless of their assigned style. At the end of the show, the judges doled out two bonus points to the duo that best executed Mickey’s challenge.