Tonight. Was. Crazy.
Here’s the thing about working at Disney World: everyone else’s holidays are my busiest workdays. Its part of the pixie-dusted package. Twelve hour Christmas shifts? Better get used to it. Insanity on New Years Eve? Typical. And don’t even think about requesting any other major holidays off. Forget about it.
But tonight was different. It was a Wednesday. In March. No particular holiday, unless you count the steady influx of Spring Breakers that have been meandering into the parks lately. We were only expected to get about 45,000 park visitors tonight. (In other words, a slow night.)
However, Columbia Harbour House opened its doors midmorning as usual, our purposely-crooked shutters yawning at the typically empty streets of Liberty Square… and was flooded with a gush of hungry guests. Clamoring for salmon and fried shrimp, they emptied our coolers and fryers as if we Shipmates had left chum in the water.
Broccoli salads flew off the shelves in their Styrofoam saucers, salmon hissed frantically on the searing hot grill and kitchen clatter rose to a roar while the printers vomited tickets onto the line, as if we were trying to host our own ticker tape parade right there in the kitchen.
Why? No one knew. Midweek, no particular event occurring, and yet we had a record breaking night that matched New Years Eve of 2011. Perhaps it was because the cast of ABC’s The Middle filmed an episode in the parks today. (Celebrities are cool. Tina Fey was at the Haunted Mansion the other day. Neil Patrick Harris likes to eat at Harbour House, and we all try to pretend its not a big deal BUT IT TOTALLY IS.)
Either way, when we shut our doors for the evening, the managers walked around to high-five us all and let us eat the leftover cobblers as we took a breather and patted ourselves on the backs.
An unusually insane Wednesday, but it ended with free food, lots of camaraderie and an epic rendition of ABBA’s ‘Take A Chance On Me’ as we cleaned and shut down.
One thing I can say for sure: work at Walt Disney World is never dull.