Hi, my name is Wil, and in 2006 I was also Disney cast member. I worked at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park for about a year and had many great experiences and friendships throughout my time being there. On our days off many of our coworkers would head to Downtown Disney to enjoy some drinks and dance at Pleasure Island. Pleasure Island was a strip of clubs located in Downtown Disney was later renamed to Disney Springs. We would go between there and Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesdays because it was the only place most castmembers could afford since Disney had free transportation there from the housings. It was a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, in September of 2008, Disney decided to close Pleasure Island and all of the clubs in Downtown Disney. The House of Blues, which was the only place to be on Sundays, was the only club the wasn't closed. It became a hot spot because it was free for Disney castmembers. We found now ourselves stuck to only going out on Wednesdays and Sundays and occasional Thursdays to Roxy for college night. Therefore, anything beyond that was either too expensive or a place we weren't old enough to get in.
I began taking pictures at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesdays of all the cast members coming to the night and this is where I grew a real passion for photography. I wanted to take pictures in all the clubs so I started asking around if anyone needed a photographer. Unfortunately, I was denied and was told that their promoters already had a photographer, and if I was a promoter it would be different.
So there it was... The key to becoming a photographer in these venues was my ability to promote a club. So I started the Disney College Program Party Bus. I negotiated deals for cheap transportation on every night of the week to get around the high costs for taxis to and from the clubs, and got the clubs to give us exclusivity, complimentary bottle service for our guests, and free cover 18 & up for everyone on the buses. Wow... Everything was great! We now had somewhere to go every night of the week, and it soon marked the beginning of the Wil the Photographer brand.