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"Disney Imagineers - who combined skills of imagination and engineering - were something like magicians: they took Walt’s dreams and turned them into attractions and rides, parks and experiences. They had invented Disneyland. Disney World."
"The Kingdom Keepers were full of stories. What had started out as a middle school thrill - being models for Disney World hologram guides and the ensuring celebrity it caused - had matured into something more formidable."
“If we want to do something more than post, than we must help. We must proclaim love and peace through our actions. The rising generation will not embrace a kinder, gentler world because they tire of viewing so much gore and violence, as much as they are really shown by us how much greater a world filled with love and understanding is.”
The ‘Andy’s Coming!’ thing about Toy Story characters at Disney parks has gone viral. This is a very bad thing because it IS NOT TRUE. They will NOT collapse/freeze whatever if someone says Andy is coming.
This is becoming a real problem at the parks because now someone yells ‘Andy’s coming’ around the TS characters an average of every 8-10 minutes, nonstop all day. They will not do what that stupid viral post states they will! Why? Not only can it damage the multi-thousand dollar costumes but it’s also unsafe for the performer and the guests around them. They likely wouldn’t even even be able to get back up due to the weight and limits of the costumes. The castmembers can be fired if they actually do this.
At Disneyland today a guest assaulted Buzz when he did not collapse/freeze when that damnable phrase was yelled yet again. I was informed of this by a friend in the character department. The department is sick of it and it’s quite possible that the TS characters may taken out of commission until the fad passes.
Please repost the ever-lasting shit out of this post so the stupidity can stop.
I went to Disney World yesterday for the first time since I was eight. Immediately I went to buy a Peter Pan cap. Pan has been my favorite Disney movie since I was two. After I found my cap and went on a few rides I went around looking for Peter. Once I found him I waited in line to get my picture, which probably looked odd seeing as I am sixteen years old and 5”8, standing in line next to a bunch of six year olds. Once I got up there, he saw my cap and said “Defending the park from Hook while I’m off duty?” I replied “yes, I hope I’m doing a good job!” That was around the time he noticed the scars on my wrists. He kinda gave me a look in my eyes and said “you okay?” I told him, “well Peter, you’d know better than anyone how tough it is to grow up.” And he looked at me and whispered, “Neither of us are grown up yet. We might have gotten older over the years, but we haven’t forgotten what it’s like.” Then he told me, “since we’re both from Neverland, and you’re my partner in crime, stand back to back with me, and cross your arms. We’ve got to do the signature pose!” I know the guy who dresses up as Peter Pan for Disney doesn’t realize this, but all that he did for me in the five minutes I met him made me feel happier than I’ve felt in months. I felt like a child again, and feeling like a child is pretty great sometimes. I’m not ready to grow up yet.
I’m sorry but this made me cry.
Ever so often, I get asked, ‘why would you want to go back and work at Disney. The pay sucks, and it’s a superficial place?!?’
I think I can speak for every former Disney Cast Member, it’s hard to put into words what it was like working for a place like Disney. With its pros (and cons) aside, the atmosphere and day-to-day experiences can’t measure up to any description. I haven’t read a blog/book yet that has been able to masterfully explain to a person that has never worked for Mickey, what it was like to slave for Mickey! :p
Still, I admire good attempts, like this blog that describes (from a guy’s perceptive) what the Disney Program entails. I wouldn’t expect this advertised on Disney’s official College Program Website/Facebook. But the reality Disney tends to ignore, THIS blog is pretty much what goes on.
It would be bad PR, but I would love to see a TV series tackle the College Program experience. Would even make great prime-time teen-drama on ABC. The movie ‘Adventureland’ comes to mind.
I was expecting ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ to be not so great. Somehow, the movie won me over. I had a lot of ‘geek’ moments. Perhaps I love the original classic so much that I got a kick out of all the nudges to it, as well as the books(s) that inspired the 1939 classic. Maybe the direction by Sam Rami had something to do with the way I enjoyed the movie. Or it might be because of the technical fluff that was put into the film (from the wonderful opening sequence and black/white prologue, to the bloated but impressive CGI, to even the fine details of the land of Oz and all the inhabitants). For 2 hours, I was swept away by a twister and landed in a magical land that would’ve been perfect for the summer/or/Holiday season. I was too occupied marveling the vivid eye-candy only Disney could shell-out, my critical mind just turned off and I enjoyed a nice unnecessary but well-made homage to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ In other words, I really liked it. 8-)
There is something poetic about the end of the day. After a “whatever” long shift, you can’t help but feel anxious to get home. You are counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds as soon as you came to work. But that does not make it poetic.
The anticipation of waiting to clock out, knowing you accomplished one more day’s worth on your paycheck, and one less day’s worth to go for your own Saturday to come [day off]. Seeing everyone you saw when you came in, exhausted as you are, and cracking jokes among jokes to ease off the exhaustion. But none of what has been mentioned makes this moment poetic.
Deciding to walk, instead of taking the bus, is what makes the whole “end of the day” ritual poetic. It takes a simplistic moment in time, into a picture perfect memory to reminisce years later, as you remember and even miss the single year you spent, working at Walt Disney World. Walking through the street ways that held a gazillion people a few hours prior is empty and peaceful. It’s dark as one AM invades the entire area with its calm and collect state of well being. Looking onto the water toward futureworld, seeing the beautiful imagery of that big golf ball standing proud to its Epcot cast members. The vivid colors projected onto that big golf ball [aka Spaceship Earth] is purple/blue-ish. Can’t tell what’s more a beautiful sight – the big ball itself, or the reflection in the waters. Perhaps, equal share of beauty.
As you look to the right of you, you notice the various countries, reflecting in the waters of the lagoon. All that your eyes can see is Germany to Japan. Of course, as you continue to walk along the pathway around the lagoon, you can set your eyes to every single country across from you. But remember now, you are walking to the office to punch out.
Most people take the bus, without even considering the beauty that awaits them. And most of the full-timers has seen this beauty all too well, that they forget that it’s beauty to begin with.
But from a naïve CPer, this moment of me walking from Canada to the custodial office behind Odyssey with the latest from Ayreon, blasting in my ear-drums through my nifty CP player, while taking a quick glimpse at this wonderful landscape. gives me a great buzz each and every time I take a stroll through the people-less streets. This is simply, the most beautiful place I have ever worked at. And that’s what makes the whole thing, poetic.
"We ended the night with a bang – watching fireworks shoot within distance of the castle. The kids tried to capture each ball of fire that blasted toward the sky in their hand. Amazing the great wonders of the world through the eyes of kids!"