Cast members around the world are a special breed of people. Working for the company has also given us a special (and at times odd) skill set. Here are 10 things I’ve noticed since working at WDW:
1) You can judge a group just by glancing at its size.
Sure, you always ask “how many in your party?” but you already know the answer. Yes, of course you included the babies in the count when the parents don’t. You’re already prepared when the Guest doesn’t respond with a number and only points to the large group and says “us.”
2) You can’t help but call little girls “princess,” even on your days off.
And when you do accidentally let that slip, her parents look at you like the biggest creep…
3) You can tell exactly what time it is by the fireworks shows around Disney property.
I once had a CM at Hollywood Studios point to IllumiNations and say “Oh hey look! It’s Wishes!” My response? “Nope, there’s too much red used in those fireworks for it to be Wishes. It’s Illuminations. We use more blue.”
4) You dream about work once you go home.
This can be good or bad. I’ve had nightmares about evacuations-gone-wrong on the PeopleMover. I also dreamed Stitch high-fived me before he teleported out of the chamber.
5) You get super-defensive about your job, especially if you work attractions.
Sure, you can vent to your coworkers that you think your ride is lame, but you’ll defend your attraction to the death to a Guest who tells you it sucks and Disney should take it out.
6) You keep tabs on the cool new merchandise and when your seasonal discount pops up, just waiting to buy what you want.
Yeah, I’ll take a pair of Glow with the Show ears and that adorable Eeyore pillow pet, please.
7) The letters “E” and “R” are your favorite letters, especially when put together.
Conversely, the number “101” has the potential to be the most stressful number you hear at work.
8) You know exactly when to hit up your favorite attraction while playing in the park for maximum fun.
Riding Rock and Rollercoaster three times in one hour thanks to the single rider line? Yes, that sounds quite nice.
9) You still fan-girl over seeing characters and friends of characters backstage.
Hey, Prince Phillip. You like pizza? That’s cool. Me too.
10) You get really creative when answering Guests’ questions.
“Oh that line coming from Cinderella’s castle? Well, Peter Pan drew that in the sky for Tinkerbelle to follow. He doesn’t want her to get lost.” “Sorry, guys. Stitch escaped and did more damage than we thought. Come back later on tonight and see if we’ve got the teleportation system back under control.”
I know this is a really general list, so feel free to comment with even more ideas. To my CMs, what are quirks you’ve noticed working for the company?