Thursday, January 23, 2014

Grocery Bingo in the Disney College Program!


Grocery bingo! It is a real thing, and contrary to what you may think, it is a lot of fun.

Let me start by saying that you should never expect to win at grocery bingo, unless you're from New York. Seriously, the night I played 50 people won, and 20 of them were from New York, and this was the day after a large group of us Canadians had arrived. Anyways, while there may be a pile of bags of groceries and toilet paper at the front, there are five times as many college kids playing bingo, so go for the fun not the food. 

Grocery bingo is one of the many 'outside of work' activities that Disney organizes for the college program interns working in the parks. They know how much we make working at the parks and the resorts, so they know that we'll appreciate the chance to win those much needed boxes of crackers and other necessities. 

When I was working at Disney and living in the college housing, there were a lot of activities to attend like movie nights, low-organized sport games, pool parties with snacks, and trips to the market. None of those events were ever as popular as grocery bingo. 

The actual game is pretty standard. Everyone gets a bingo board with sliders (yay, no plastic chips!), the host calls out the letter/number combinations, and each round players need to win by either filling out a line, all four corners, a 'T' or an 'H', or any other design. 

Between each round the host plays music, asks people in the crowd about what it's been like working for disney, and tells short stories about funny kids at the parks and roommate issues at the apartments.

Look at all that toilet paper
I never did win grocery bingo, but a friend I worked with had. Inside the bag were apples, apple sauce, ritz crackers, cereal, a loaf of bread, some dry pasta and pasta sauce, and some other items.

The toilet paper bags had toilet paper, dish soap, laundry detergent, and dishwasher soap.

If you ever have a chance to play grocery bingo, do it! At least once. It's a lot of fun, you get to meet folks sitting around you, and while you may not win, it's a nice change from always going to the parks and riding roller coasters on your days off. 
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