Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dis(ney) & Dat

Today’s Cast Blast is sort of a grab bag from our column on MiceChat.com. We are sent small bits of info and stories from time to time that do not warrant an entire entry, so we thought we would put some of those together for you. These are interesting or fun facts that you may not be aware of.


  • - Guests used to try to “check in” at the All Star CafĂ© located at the then “Disney’s Wide World of Sports.” The signature themed restaurant was located not far from the All-Star Resorts and there was some obvious name confusion.
  • - When working in marketing, another name we considered for “Downtown Disney” at Walt Disney World included “The Disney District.”

  • -Marketing and sales Cast Members began efforts to promote “MYST Island” an entire year before it was decided not to move forward with the project.
  • We used to take a shortcut, to “Pride Rock” (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Cast cafeteria,) by walking through a dirt field that was located behind “Pocahontas and her Forest Friends.” There was a small concrete slab and loop where some would park knowing that one day it would become Beastly Kingdom. *That area is now ground zero for Avatar.

  • One day I was working in guest relations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a guest claiming to be a professional photographer called to have a special safari set up for him so he could take pictures of the animals. He wanted a personal vehicle to drive him around the savannah as he wished to get whatever shots he wanted. The more we spoke to him the angrier he became, because we were not able to fulfill his request. Turned out he was not a professional photographer at all and just a regular guest who was trying to get special access. We would get quite a few requests from guests claiming to be “professional photographer” in order to get special treatment. Please do not try thisit does not work.
  • On the Epcot monorail station located at the TTC (Ticket and Transportation Center), we adopted a wild crow and brought in bird seed for him to eat. Some called him Mr. Pee Pants. He would fly in and land on our hand, arm or shoulder. Little extra things like that really made it special.
  • Prior to the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, all opening team Cast Members were involved with a pep rally that really made us all feel like one family. It took place in the then open-air “Theater in the Wild.” The overall theme was “up with people” and built the trust between various departments. There were a lot of unknowns with the park and it was a crucial event to make all the teams feel comfortable.
  • One day I was driving home from work and I took an exit off of World Drive and had to come to a screeching stop. There was a minivan parked in the road with barely enough room to get around. I immediately thought something was wrong. Their hazard lights were on and I stopped and jumped out to see what I could do to help. A man rushed up to me and told me to be quiet. I looked and his wife was literally standing about six feet away from a four foot alligator that was in the retention pond in the middle of the exit loop. She was trying to take a picture and he wanted me to be quiet so I wouldn’t scare it away. I warned him that what they were doing was very dangerous, got in my car and drove away.

  •  When the water cannon was originally installed at Splash Mountain, we would sometimes try to convince guests that we had the button that would shoot the water.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, some guests would ask us if we had real dinosaurs. My friend would say “why do you think it took them so long to build the park?” Quite a few did think the dinosaurs were real.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Free Cake in My Purse?

Happy 2014!  We have a lot going on for the new year and kicking it off with a retro story from 1998 from Mickey's birthday party at the Magic Kingdom. Also, the silly shenanigans of guests trying to sneak into the parks. OH MY!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Kilimanjaro-o-whoa-whoa-whoa Baby!

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I was working at Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris. I had been assigned to Pram Parking (stroller parking) for this part of my shift. At Kilimanjaro Safaris we would actually take strollers from guests while they were in line and park them in one of our two stroller lots.

On this occasion I was greeting guests and passing their strollers down the hill to my partner. As one family approached me I asked the dad for their stroller and he proceeded to push it right past me and down the hill (he was very excited to be reaching the attraction). As his stroller rolled down the hill and into the other ones already parked I calmly looked at him and informed him that he forgot to take his child out first!


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Illuminations presented by Perkins

Submitted by: Anonymous

http://thedisneyblog.com/2011/12/01/epcots-house-of-innovention-to-get-new-sponsor-upgrades/
Photo by: The Disney Blog


I was a Cast Member at the House of Innoventions at Epcot. We were winding tours down for the night and a fellow tour guide and I were waiting to start the next tour. A big family came up and sat on the two benches to wait. There were about eight people in the group.

The youngest was a baby wearing nothing (not even shoes) but a nasty sagging diaper. In fact it looked like a pretty rough group that looked and smelled like they were there since before rope drop that morning. They took their shoes off and the smell was not pleasant in addition to the body odor.

They looked like they were about to pass out when the dad perked up and said "You know what we need to do?" as he looked at his watch. One of the teenage girls said "what daddy?"

At this point a I am thinking "We need to go see Illuminations" or "One last ride on Test Track" or "ride the big ball"......something.

He sits up on the bench and announces....."We need to go back to Perkins to get some of those banana pancakes again."

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Here Comes Peter Cott....nope

Submitted By: Disneyo Sapiens

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Picture by: BwanaBlog


It was Easter Sunday at Disney's Animal Kingdom. At mid-afternoon we had a family come in very upset. From time to time wild native Floridian animals would make their way into some of the animal exhibits.

This particular incident involved meerkats. What some may or may not realize, meerkats are very territorial and pretty aggressive animals even for their size. The family explained that while they were watching the meerkats their kids noticed a rabbit in the exhibit. It did not take 60 seconds before the "lookout" meerkat saw the threat, gave the call and banded together for attack. They destroyed the rabbit.

The kids screamed and cried because they thought they had just witnessed the demise of the Easter bunny. I called and confirmed that a bunny did indeed expire in the meerkat exhibit that day.

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