Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Check-In, Part 1
The plan last night was to get up at 5:50 AM to get ready and be out the door ready to go at 6:30. That did not happen. The hotel alarm clock never went off, but thank goodness my mom set an alarm on her cell phone a little after six. In a little bit we were dressed, but not completely ready to go and I looked at the clock and saw it was already 6:30!
We rushed to finish and ran down to the hotel lobby area to grab our free breakfast to eat in the car. It was the worst. My bagel was terrible and my mom's muffin tasted like it wasn't finished baking, so we all we had were our Vitamin Waters.Remarkably, we were still on time to get to Vista Way for check-in at seven.
Vista was less than five minutes from the hotel (maybe even less than three) and there was already a line! I jumped out of the car while my mom went to park. As it turned out, most people got there at 6:30 after word on Facebook spread that people were lining up. One group even got there at three in the morning!
I quickly made friends with the people in line which was a relief. It was so intimidating going in without knowing anyone, but all of the CPs were so friendly and nice. You ask the standard questions about home states, colleges, majors, and roles, and throw in the occasional comment about the line. Two girls I really bonded with were Amanda (quick service like me!) and Emily (this is her second program, she was in Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique last time!).
Meanwhile, my mom could not find parking anywhere. She ended basically parking the car on a sidewalk. Then she was to the front desk area to wait with the rest of the parents. They had a family guidebook for them, along with drinks and cookies. They even got a tour of the apartments!
When we finally got to the Welcome Center we checked in, got our Program guidebooks, filled out Housing paperwork, and then got in line for room assignments. Emily and I decided to room together in Vista. I know I said I didn't want it, but she convinced me, and after seeing how far away the other complexes are, I didn't mind. Since Amanda is under 21, it would be too difficult for her to room with us.
Emily took my guidebook and paperwork along with hers and I was sent to the side to wait for her to get our room assignment. We were placed in a three-bedroom apartment in Vista Way (giving us the cheapest rent at $83) on the first floor! I was beyond excited for that. Plus, our building is on the outskirts near the front so it's quiet and close to the buses.
Next we got our Housing ID cards which make everyone's face look huge and squished. It was about 9:00 then (yes, only nine!) and we had to go to Casting at 10. Emily and I decided to head to our room to claim the master bedroom, which is the biggest and has a bathroom connected and two sinks. We brought some of our stuff in and met two of our roommates Deena (merchandise) and Angel (main entrance operations).
At 9:45 Emily, Deena, and I (and met up with Amanda) headed to the bus to Casting. And that deserves another post!