Looking at Disney theme park pictures, it’s common to think it’s a location that’s completely dedicated to making the wishes and dreams of every child come true. Thinking that the parks are these happy little communities is normal because that’s what they look like in the pictures. But the fact is, behind the scenes, there are many interesting tales for employees who work there to share, and some are neither “magical” nor “happy.”
- I sat with a group of guys to dress up Mickey and Minnie. The guys started Cat-calling Minnie when they came out. In a flawless Mickey accent, the guy who was Mickey said, “If you look at my girlfriend again, I’ll pop you!”(The user).
- This happened at Disneyland in California in the seventies, as told by a friend of mine, who had been a park accountant. The whole band marching at the parade that year intensely disliked the cast member who played Mickey Mouse. He seemed to have a real attitude and was a total diva. So he tripped hard and fell after Mickey started leading the parade down Main Street, so the band members quickly started running past him, leaving him on the ground and getting angry. Parents and kids started laughing as they heard Mickey try to catch up with the running team, so he could be back in front. All of this ended in a legendary, all-out brawl. (Hardwood27).
- Someone had left a discarded bag at the base of Space Mountain for more than 15 minutes, so we followed the normal security protocols, and they brought a bomb dog out to sniff it. As our Pluto came to check the package, he sniffed it and then sat down— which signals that there is something wrong with this bag. So we had to evacuate all of Tomorrowland, practically all of the attractions/stores/restaurants, and all the CMs stood at all stressed out entrances because now, of course, we were sure a bomb would go off and we’d all die.
- Tom Cruise came in with his then-girlfriend Penelope Cruz and her family when I worked on Space Mountain circa 2003. His group gets out on the bus, they’re going to have fun and they’re coming back to the station. We asked if they wanted to stay in the car and ride again as is standard procedure. This is, so they don’t need to get out, just to reboard immediately. (Star privilege!) We’re dispatching the car, and as it starts moving forward, the non-English speaking Penelope family starts to flip out. They apparently did not want to go again. So, they are standing up. This causes us to press the cars stop button (only in the station).
- I was in line at Disneyland, California, with a group of Japanese teen tourists in line ahead of me. I speak Japanese, so I can understand that the Americans were making fun of them. Mostly they were saying things to the effect, “They seem so cool on TV, but all of these Americans are so fat and ugly.”They were laughing, and even pointing at people occasionally. I just kept quiet, but then one of the cast members, who obviously also spoke Japanese, walked up to them and told them in perfect Japanese, “You guys really should be careful, most Americans can speak Japanese.” They all froze up and looked around at people, many of whom gave them dirty looks. I nodded at them and they were horrified like I was backing him up. Afterwards, they all left the line promptly. (O7Knight7O).
- The one thing that really caught my attention when I worked there was this lady who wanted to buy a huge pin set that we had framed and displayed for the haunted mansion but it wasn’t for sale. She left, I switched places and then I saw her running out of the frame shop. It was crazy. (The UCMCoyote).
- People are going nuts over pins. My BF had worked for Disney. Pin traders are why he doesn’t do it any more. (rachface636)
- I took my paycheck to deposit it at the bank of the Cast Member, which is behind the actual Main Street branch. As I walked up, the gate leading out into the street slammed open, and Donald Duck stomps through, followed by Minnie, Goofy, and a couple of other people. Donald took off his head, smashed it to the ground and shouted, “The kid kicked me!”I had to try not to laugh at the angry actor, 4’6′′ in half a duck suit, for fear of kicking me. (Phantom_Scarecrow)
- I was out as the Queen of Hearts (which is pretty much always played by a dude), and with me, there was an Alice and both Tweedles. We had a lot of fun as a team, with me behaving like a prissy witch and making people bow and curt to me and kissing my face, and so on, and the Tweedles made a general mess, while Alice was talking to children. We were over by the Dumbo ride and for the ride that was drained for whatever reason on this day, there’s a tiny fountain over near the line. All the coins that people threw in still stood in the fountain. I guess one of the Tweedles decided that they wanted to steal some change, but they’re only about 5’5′′ and the costume is basically built around a hula hoop to give them a round shape, so when he bent over to the fountain, he fell in and got stuck. I just remember turning around and seeing his feet kicking back and forth from the fountain sticking into the air. (IWasGoofyAMA)
- I was a contemporary resort lifeguard. Normally we didn’t patrol the jacuzzi, but by myself, I happened to notice this little girl who was about seven years old. Signs are posted saying “No Unattended Children,” so I knelt down, and politely told her that she was not allowed to use the “hot water tub.” Approximately 5 minutes later, this pissed-off, heavy-set woman stands about a foot from me shouting in my ear that I kicked her daughter out of the pool. I explained the situation to her, but she immediately turned red and began to shout (louder) that I had allowed “that other child to use it” (they were teenagers). I said, “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but the rule applies to children under the age of 12. I thought it was over, but as she stood right next to me, she turned to her daughter and said,” Honey, you can go ahead and use it, and don’t listen to him if he asks you to get out, “then she started walking away. I said to her,” Ma’am if you do that, we’ll have no choice but to ask you to leave the house. She turned back and just went on this tirade about how “we paid our money here,” so I called a Code 3 alerting Control, and there was a uniformed guard standing beside her before she was finished with her rant. Unfortunately, Code 3 also means the pool needs to be cleaned up, so around 200 guests were lined up on the sides of the pool watching all of this godown. (lolzergrush)
- A homeless man recently came in and threw something into some bushes and we are treating it as a potential threat (aka a bomb). While the dogs were coming to investigate we divided the area. I lose track of time, and a kid hands it to me, saying it’s been lost and he’s found it. I freaked out a little bit, but in the end, it was just a stuffed animal. (The Tagstit).
- I have seen a 2-year-old wander in my area. I mean, she could walk alone but she couldn’t communicate. Luckily, when I dealt with very young children, I was able to figure out that she was lost at least. It took some 10 to 20 minutes for the parents to realize that they had lost her. (Anyhoodle).
- My cousin was working in a water park; they used radio codes, too. Human waste has been dubbed “code brown” in a very uncreative way. Well, one day, a neighbouring Wal-Mart must have changed the radio frequency because they were constantly overlapping. In the pool, some kid did his thing and the lifeguard dutifully called in a brown code. Wal-Mart apparently uses brown code for an external threat (such as gunman or chemical spill…) and had to shut down and lock the doors, because that’s how Wal-Mart responded to brown code. (CrossCheckPanda)
- My sister had worked at a Main Street store. In a hushed tone, Kobe Bryant came in and asked her, “You know who I am?”Yes.” “You think, without making a big deal, can you help us out?”Absolutely.” (Jmac0585)-” Yes
- I worked a long time ago on a ride to the Animal Kingdom. Seeing an 8-10-foot long snake emerge from an area filled with plants and bushes. It works its way slowly through a line of around 200 people. Weaving its way through the legs of people, strollers, bags and so on. Then it just moves back easily into another wooded area. Nobody had heard! (Usuario)
- I was working at the Cinderella Castle kitchen when this family of four came in for their meal. The husband politely stands up about halfway through the meal and taps his glass for attention. He revealed his 15-year-old wife had been cheating on him for more than a year. The whole place still stood in shock. He moved for his children, paid the waitress and left the woman at the table crying. (Azov237)
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