It’s a must to be in particular peak ranges to play the completely different characters. As a result of Mickey’s peak vary is so brief he is normally performed by a lady. Likewise for Donald, though probably the most profitable and greatest recognized Donald that I knew whereas I labored there was slightly individual.
My SIL received a the position of Cinderella at Disneyland Paris.
She needed to follow Cinderella’s autograph again and again as a result of though completely different actresses play her all around the world, the signature of the character must be similar anyplace it is signed for consistency.
Disneyland first interview papers embody a clean define of an individual to point the place you’ve tattoos.
It is referenced if you wish to change positions internally, to point how stated tattoos could possibly be revealed, primarily based on what your new uniform can be.
I labored in reservations. They offer you a reputation, that isn’t your individual and also you higher use it. My identify is just not Robyn Leigh, however in Disney reservations, it was.
Ever heard about individuals spreading ashes of their family members within the POTC or Haunted Mansion trip? Its goddamn true!
I had a pal who was a stunning pink head in her early twenties. She received solid to play Ariel at Disney World. She returned residence after just a few months saying that they have been pressuring her into getting breast implants. To cite her (quoting her supervisor), “There is no such thing as a means Ariel has such small boobs.”
If anyone tells you to have a magical day, they imply you have been a big a**gap and hated coping with you. We name it the Disney F**ok You.
A pal of mine labored at Disney World. Based on her Epcot is one of the best place to work. When she was on the Magic Kingdom she stated she went residence crying on a regular basis as a result of the mothers have been so imply.
A real story that’s “soiled” ethically.
Earlier than I labored for them, after I was simply an annual passholder, I received overcome by the warmth and humidity, nearly had a heatstroke, on the bogs exterior the EPCOT entrance. Two safety guards needed to take me to the park’s First Assist, however a Disney supervisor refused. “He will get within the park when he buys a ticket.” Supervisor walks away for a minute. Safety guards say “man, I am unable to consider this” and “what an operation.” 30 minutes for Reedy Creek Hearth Dept. to point out up. I used to be so sick I did not even pull out my AP till they received there. Safety guard #1 says “NOW can he go to First Assist?” All of a sudden that supervisor is all about serving to me – and so apologetic! He pushed me in a wheelchair all the way in which to First Assist. “Can I get you some water, sir?”
Huge f**kin’ phonies.
I labored there for three months 2 years in the past with my gf on the time and something information worthy that occurs there (normally destructive) instantly will get shot down by the official web page of Disney (Twitter, insta, Fb and so forth) they hold all the pieces hush hush. Lighting struck a toilet constructing and there was a small fireplace and my gf and I weren’t working that day however we have been there having fun with the park at no cost bc we’re solid members and she or he data it and posted it on her Twitter. Information media pages have been commenting and asking her questions like when, how, what’s being accomplished and earlier than she might reply the Disney web page stated to ignore the video bc it wasn’t true and the video is edited and the media pages stopped asking after that. She will get known as into the workplace the following day and was tremendous near dropping her job. The rationale she didn’t was bc of how a lot seniority she had however she was mainly on probation after that. Disney is f***ed they don’t inform individuals s**t.
I’ve by no means labored there, however as soon as, in knowledgeable capability, I used to be given a 6am strolling tour of the Pirates of the Caribbean trip. What I used to be most struck by was the pirate characters up on bridges or seen in home windows or on the attacking ship, none of them have any legs. They’re top-half solely, mounted onto poles. If the boat riders can’t see part of an animatronic character, then it doesn’t have to exist.
They concern black T-shirts and black shorts for the costumed characters to put on beneath and sweat in. At some point there was an uproar as a result of within the breakroom there was an indication “No Blacks Allowed” (that means the undergarments). They began calling them “fundamentals” after that.
In disneyland, within the peter pan trip, i used to be all the time in awe with the floating stars that you simply zoom by within the trip.
Seems they’re simply LEDs on the tip of wire hangars (hooked up to the partitions, principally) which might be wrapped in electrical tape.
Disney Staff began referring to Disneyland as Mousechwitz attributable to working situations.
Administration advised them to cease, so that they used Duckau as an alternative
I used to sometimes work at one of many out of doors carts in entrance of the fort at Disneyland. There’s water in numerous areas of the park, so we received numerous geese, and within the springtime, the infants would hatch and stroll round with their moms. Individuals don’t all the time take note of the place they’re going and typically step on one in every of them, normally killing them. If I used to be in a position, I might step away from my cart to escort a household of geese to security.
Third hand story right here: my brother advised me that the costume characters (I.e Mikey Mouse) could possibly be sued in the event that they took off their costume heads in any circumstance- together with in the event that they fell into the faux lake, as a result of that may destroy the magic of Disneyland.
He additionally stated that there’s a huge community of tunnels beneath all the park.
When somebody pukes on a trip, it is known as a “protein spill” in order that it would not sound as gross.
Former solid member from the early ’90s right here. There was a central ‘financial institution’ close to the Magic Kingdom tunnel entrance the place all of the park present outlets, eating places, and so forth., would deposit the day’s money. Every day an armored truck would drive into the tunnel to haul away the loot. I can solely think about how a lot money they took outta there!
I went to school with a lady who performed Snow White. She stated she needed to give up on her very first day as a result of she had so many screaming, vomiting, indignant, hungry, drooling youngsters handed to her for photographs. She stated it was absolutely the worst. I am undecided how lengthy she caught it out for however I do know it wasn’t lengthy.
Not the theme parks, however I labored on the Disney Retailer again once they first began popping up in any respect the shops. They made us sing the M-I-C-Okay-E-Y music on the finish of each employees assembly and about half of the employees would cry once they sang it, as a result of they simply beloved Disney a lot. They might ship you residence for those who didn’t have the ‘Disney Spirit’ (for those who have been in a visibly unhealthy temper or sad.) For those who received despatched residence for this greater than thrice they’d fireplace you. This was again when the feminine staff wore what was mainly a 50s model cheerleader costume and we have been continually harassed. We weren’t allowed to be impolite or dismissive when being harassed except somebody aggressively groped us. It was a brilliant bizarre job.
Labored at Disneyland for nearly 5 years. I personally haven’t gone to see the “Disney” physician for solid members however I do know mates who’ve an heard the physician doesn’t give a s**t concerning the CM’s coming in for accidents.
The time I used to be there, photographers and different departments weren’t allowed to drink water from the water fountains as a result of we’re “on stage”. It was an enormous concern the final yr I labored there and a few of the leads have been preventing for umbrellas for photographers. It will get actually brutal in Carsland the place it’s 5x hotter. Virtually previous out from the warmth and dehydration.
I used to be on the TTC Resort Platform working the evening of the Monorail crash. Will probably be 13 years this July and I nonetheless get up screaming sometimes. There is no such thing as a quantity of remedy that can or can erase that reminiscence from my thoughts.
This was years in the past at DL however there was a present of Tinkerbell flying via the sky earlier than fireworks began in the summertime. They might put the spot gentle on her as she went down a zipper line and go to black simply as she crossed to a again stage space. The novelty of it was that there was no subtle mechanism to cease her. There have been actually a few guys in a tower on the finish of the zip line holding a mattress that she would crash into to cease. Nightly, CMs would collect on the base of the tower backstage simply to see this occur. As quickly as she crashed, everybody would return to their places.
The “secret” tunnels underneath MK and Epcot. They smelled so unhealthy. It’s the place all the rubbish went to. We had a subway and one other restaurant only for solid members. They might shut down solid parking with out telling the solid members in acceptable time. Obligatory time beyond regulation when wanted with out double time. I can hold going.
By no means labored for disney however the staff used to share underwear. Disney didnt need common underwear to be seen so that they made their very own underwear and as an alternative of giving everybody their very own pair, they have been traded round till individuals began noticing stains and getting pubic lice.. Every character has their very own pair now however its nonetheless actually bizarre lol
Former Disneyland worker right here. We see all the pieces within the rides, there are cameras all over the place and we’ve got evening imaginative and prescient. Sure, I noticed you cop a really feel in your lady whenever you thought nobody was watching.
Not a WDW solid member, however I’m married to somebody who was. The guest-inaccessible components of the Haunted Mansion are gross. Assume asbestos, mud, grease, cobwebs, and all types of different crap that has collected over actually many years. Each time wifey needed to work there, she got here residence and bolted for the bathe.
I labored at Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom. Slightly secret: we received paid a greenback greater than all different sights as a result of we not solely spiel, however drive 35+ friends in a truck on an uncontrolled path. If we needed to, we might’ve pushed proper out into the river the place the crocs are and advised you all to “run.” Therefore the additional greenback an hour to maintain us from doing one thing so loopy
Each fingers needed to be seen in photographs (e.g. one outstretched and the opposite on somebody’s shoulder). The most important no-no is fingers behind backs not seen attributable to the opportunity of somebody saying you grabbed them inappropriately.
For those who labored on the diners or meals service locations the place somebody was at a register that you simply walked previous to order/ cost your meals, you didn’t get to drink something or go to the lavatory on your full 8-10hr shift. That’s after I misplaced all respect for them; not even 5minutes to go to the lavatory.
When individuals say that it is like being a part of a cult, it is 100% true. In any job you’ve there’s bias, however at Disney, for those who mess with the unsuitable “Chief” (supervisor) you will mainly be blacklisted from ever working your means up within the firm.
The quantity of abuse I’ve endured from friends and different solid is asinine, particularly concerning covid.
I labored in my division for three years, was denied a number of promotions for by no means any actual cause. I labored 50+ hour work weeks religiously, lined further shifts, you identify it, however as a result of I made a mistake in my first yr I by no means received anyplace.
For those who do not kiss the a** of each supervisor, eat lunch with them, and cater to their each whim, you keep on the backside.
I received so fed up after my interview for coach. Was alleged to interview within the am, confirmed up, received yelled at for exhibiting up and he advised my coordinator to apologize to me, then rushed me round my space in 15 minutes as a result of he “had a gathering” then introduced up suggestions he’d stored from me for months only for the interview and to disclaim me coach. I give up three days later.
Nobody can truly ‘die’ in a park. They take away the lifeless individual and declare them lifeless exterior the park. Additionally haunted mansion individuals can’t smile, a favourite pastime is to get them to crack.
Labored on the cruise ships again in ’87 or so. Characters have been get together animals. Mickey all the time was feminine attributable to peak. I had a fling with Goofy for just a few weeks. She was attractive. Snow White was uptight in or out of costume. The events we might have…
My mother was working within the nurses’ station and received a name for a fancy dress character who had warmth exhaustion (the costumes get extraordinarily heat, particularly in summer season). He was suggested to take away the costume and stroll to the nurse constructing to recuperate, however wasn’t allowed to. They have been so busy making an attempt to guarantee that no one noticed him out of costume that they actually risked his well being.
Somebody misplaced a finger on the pirates trip. Additionally it’s not filtered so we inform you to maintain your fingers out of the water for a number of causes.
1) so you’ll be able to hold your limbs
2) you can get an an infection
We weren’t supposed to speak concerning the finger factor actually.
Individuals sexually harass the characters tremendous incessantly. I used to be working with Ariel and solid members will all the time rely down earlier than they take a photograph so individuals have time to get into place. I counted down and this teen boy determined to attempt to rip off one in every of Ariel’s shells. I needed to open his digital camera and expose his movie so the photograph did not get developed and handed round. I discovered later that I used to be alleged to take it to the Kodak store to have the movie developed and that one eliminated – however I might all the time heard the rumors about ruining the movie and no one actually trains you on that so I simply went with it. The little a**holes deserved it.
Disney cruise line right here, I used to go in to the criticism system and skim all of the visitor complaints from earlier cruises. The quantity of complaints that have been due to sheer stupidity on the friends half is staggering. Individuals appear to suppose as a result of they’re paying numerous cash they’re allowed to do or say no matter they need, which in fact might be unsafe on a ship.
My favourite half was getting screamed at on a regular basis however my higher administration and telling me I don’t should be right here. I used to be nonetheless coaching and studying when this occurred lmao.
Needed to preserve “the Disney look”
No facial hair with exception of groomed mustache (image Walt Disney).
Clear wanting haircut that couldn’t dangle over the ears or neck (male).
Earlier than I began a shift I used to be given a razor and requested to shave due to stubble/5 o’clock shadow.
This was 2007-2010ish, lifeguard at resort swimming pools.
Disney will give VIP remedies to rich individuals & celebrities. Together with being chauffeured from backstage between sights, surrounded by a circle of solid members. I walked proper previous Justin Bieber & his household behind the Creativeness Pavilion at Epcot with out realizing it.
Within the Indiana Jones trip close to the large snakes after the bridge there’s a massive metallic slab on the bottom. Below that slab is a gap that falls into a big empty area. The opening is in the course of the area and about 10 toes excessive. There is no such thing as a rope, no ladder and no stairs to succeed in the opening from contained in the area. There aren’t any different methods to get out of that area apart from the opening within the ceiling and there aren’t any lights within the area. You may actually fall in there and be trapped ceaselessly in darkness if somebody doesn’t come and enable you to out. It’s for this and plenty of different causes that there’s a checkout system on the trip. For those who enter the trip on foot, you’re taking a card. Once you return from the trip you flip within the card. If any playing cards are lacking than the trip can’t be turned on and a search get together should exit till that individual is discovered.
You possibly can normally persuade a solid member to bend the foundations for you early on a Friday morning.
Thursday is pay day and there’s, or not less than was after I was there within the late 90s-early 00s, loads of bother to get into Thursday evening so CMs usually tend to be hungover, nonetheless drunk, stoned, or a combo early Friday morning.
This isn’t a secret, extra simply an statement of the tradition. It actually form of makes me sick and disenchanted with humanity.
As a solid member at Disney World in 1979 I realized shortly that placing individuals in uniforms brings out the worst within the intuition to “different” individuals. Sure solid members in particular uniforms have been very excessive in standing, and different solid members have been very low. Because you wore your uniforms on a regular basis your standing was instantly noticed and other people tended to deal with you higher or worse primarily based in your standing.
So right here’s the pecking order that I noticed. Many solid members advised me of this pecking order. Low standing to excessive.
The road sweepers who emptied the trash cans.
The parents within the yellow jumpsuits who bought the popcorn.
The parents in turn-of-the-century garb who labored within the shops of Most important Road.
The retail staff within the different lands with costumes that matched the themes.
The trip operators whose costumes have been themed to match the land equivalent to tomorrowland, frontierland and so forth.
The trip operators of area mountain, who have been close to the highest of all of the trip operators.
The monorail operators. They have been absolutely the pinnacle of trip operators who didn’t have some form of performing position.
The trip operators of the jungle Cruise. They have been near the standing of the individuals within the leisure division as a result of they’d traces and actually needed to be entertaining.
Anybody within the leisure division, like the children of the dominion, the performers, singers, and musicians. They usually weren’t just a bit bit above everybody else, they have been stratospherically above everybody else.
The tour guides, all females, within the English using (horse) outfits with jodhpurs, full with a using crop and a fetching little cap on their heads. These ladies mainly have been the highest staff who wore uniforms. They met all of the VIPs together with hollywood stars, politicians, billionaires and so forth. They might get to the entrance of any line. They have been unstoppable, they usually definitely acted like they knew it.
Now everybody I inform this to all the time asks, “weren’t the characters a very powerful individuals and have the best standing?” Sadly—and that is actually the place it will get sick—they have been form of handled like freaks. All of the Goofy‘s needed to be actually tall skinny males, all of the Mickeys and Minnies needed to be both brief ladies or little individuals. They labored very odd shifts, a half an hour on a half an hour off, they usually all the time had individuals round them to assist, which additionally made them appear bizarre.
So all in all my summer season at Walt Disney World demonstrated to me the facility of clothes in establishing a hierarchy of standing. It’s a unhappy commentary on humanity, however a reality nonetheless.
My pal labored within the Haunted Home…however earlier than that Pirates. He stated that you simply have been underneath digital camera the entire time you might be within the park and that they’d tapes of individuals…um, being pleasant. He stated they’d cease the trip, flip up the lights in that space after which ask them to cease over the audio system.
I simply must say one factor…individuals affected by warmth stroke or no matter and have to take their costume off…ought to be capable of. F**ok that “ruining the magic” BS. In case your children consider these Disney characters are actual…then perhaps you simply should not deceive your children…idk…
My mother was a nurse on the Anaheim Disneyland within the ‘80’s. She stated the solid member who performed Goofy was a hypochondriac. He was within the nurse’s workplace on a regular basis complaining. She additionally stated the solid member for Mickey Mouse was a “soiled outdated man.” I believed this sort of match the characters.
Labored on the Jungle Cruise at Disney World. Numerous ladies would like to “fall” when getting off the boat and use my crotch or butt to catch themselves.
I believe the worst half about character harassment is that Disney doesn’t prosecute the friends, not less than after I was there. After I was working within the 2000s, there was somebody whose wrist was damaged by a drunk visitor who grabbed and twisted it actually badly. They refused to prosecute, and I believe she could have ended up with everlasting nerve harm in her wrist, which actually sucked as a result of she was additionally a gymnast.
When the princess face characters come backstage they must take off their clothes so they do not get soiled whereas they’re on break so the princesses are normally strolling round in a smock and bloomers for those who see them again there. There may be some critical cognitive dissonance whenever you stroll again and see Snow White in her bloomers on her cellphone cursing up a storm.
Not a former worker, however I keep in mind listening to concerning the Disney Faculty Program. Mainly, school children work on the theme parks for an hourly wage (like ~$11 an hour.)
The attention-grabbing factor is the faculty program provides housing, which prices like $110 – $200 every week. And there is a $400 “admin charge” whenever you first begin (and it’s a must to pay this charge each time you prolong your contract.) They usually attempt to hold the employees on “campus” and within the Disney properties, spending cash.
The entire thing finally ends up sounding like a revolving door of money the place the faculty college students work and receives a commission however many of the cash stays within Disney.
Disney is fairly upfront with these numerous charges and any program with a bunch of different school children might be a blast however it would not appear to be the easiest way to really make and lower your expenses.
We truly care so much concerning the visitor expertise. If somebody drops their ice cream, I can get them A brand new one freed from cost. It’s known as “preserving the magic”.
Not a CM however knew a man and his son who each labored at Disneyland. He stated his son was taking part in Buzz Lightyear in one of many exhibits the place they dance on the riverboat. Apparently he was feeling very sick and truly threw up within the costume whereas they have been dancing. He then needed to end the present with throw up in his Buzz Lightyear head
After I was 12 – my grandparents took me to Disney World and we stayed on the model new “Modern” with all entry playing cards. This lodge was 5 star, lobster dinner, steak dinner, amazingness. It additionally had a monorail go straight via it which was superior as a child. My all entry card received us excessive finish meals, good tables, the works. The rooms have been wonderful. That is how I keep in mind it anyway.
30 years later I took my 12 yr outdated son to the identical lodge. I, foolishly, didn’t do any analysis apart from seeing the value was $700 an evening and so assumed it might be precisely the identical. I present up and the place is alongside the identical traces as Motel Eight or a Days Inn. There have been no actual eating places, quick meals solely. The rooms have been completely disgusting. I didn’t really feel protected. There was no Disney Magic. I have no idea if any of the opposite Disney resorts are grand, magical, and wonderful like I keep in mind, however this was not. I really feel soiled having gone to Disney World as an grownup.
I’ve all the time heard Disney will placed on spontaneous parades to dam foot site visitors and handle crowds/congestion. Like if too many individuals are crowding magic mountain, increase. On the spot parade blocking extra individuals from attending to magic mountain.
I used to be a solid member at Walt Disney World. I wasn’t a fancy dress character, however was compelled to put on a wig all yr within the sweltering humidity of Florida as a result of they felt my highlights and lowlights seemed unnatural lol.
The Mickey and mates parking construction has a lot trash hidden in all of the crevices. You’ll discover soiled diapers, used condoms, and something you’ll be able to suppose off; simply have a look at the glass panel crevices.
I continued to make use of the backstage passages and the tunnels lengthy after I give up. No person ever challenged me. So long as you met the grooming requirements and seemed such as you knew the place you have been going, it was simple. I do not advocate making an attempt this except you might be searching for a lifetime ban.