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Posted: Oct. 23, 2003 9:25 am/pm Quote

Okay, I'm not trying to cause trouble or offend anyone here
(I really like it here, guys! )  But, that said, I have a question.
I know many of you here are CM's or former CM's... Also, most of the group has been to WDW or DL (or both) many, many times.  I myself, go alone alot, and find myself sitting on benches or in ride lines, observing first timers.  I always get a kick out of some of the things I hear them say, or how they observe the parks and attractions.  Case in point.... I was sitting on the wall in front of the Fantasyland entrance/exit to the old SKYWAY TO TOMMOROWLAND.  (The ride had been closed for two years when this happened).  A couple with a baby in a stroller were standing nearby trying to figure out their next move.  The husband asked the wife what the small chalet building behind me was.  She replied it was the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse!  I'm sorry, but this really cracked me up!  Being in WDW for the first time is an overwhelming thing even if you have read the guidebooks, and visited the websites.... but it amazing how many people go down there  that have absoutely no knowledge of Disney at all...Does this sound mean?  I don't intend it to... has anyone else out there had this kind of experience in the parks?

(Marsha, who hopes to still have friends on here after tonight! ) :blush:


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Posted: Oct. 23, 2003 9:56 am/pm Quote

I think this is a fine question. But I'm moving it to the general Disney forum and out of the off-topic forum. It certainly is on-topic and Disney-related, but since it applies to more than just Walt Disney World I'm putting it into the general Disney message area.

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Posted: Oct. 23, 2003 10:11 am/pm Quote

Thanks, Rich, I wasn't sure where to post it!         :sorcerer:

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Posted: Oct. 27, 2003 7:15 am/pm Quote

Good morning:

  I agree with Rich, this is a fine question.  Being a WDW vet myself (I think i'm at 19 trips - 23 by the end of 2004), I usually take these opportunities, to help a family better enjoy WDW.  

  I usually start with, "I hope you don't think I'm rude, but I couldn't help but hear you were interested in..... "  and then provide them with the informaiton they need to find the real tree house.  

  I do interject myself mainly when a family is trying to figure out the best way to get from point A to point B, or where to find a specific item or where a specific attraction is.  

Since I normally wear a Guest Of Honor Badge, I am often stopped by families who believe me to be a cast member.   I truly enjoy talking to folks from around the world, and have met some of the nicest people this way (as well as pin trading).  My husband used to think I was crazy until I bought him a Guest of Honor Badge as well, and now he enjoys helping otheres enjoy WDW as much as I do, but only if asked.

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Posted: Oct. 27, 2003 10:37 am/pm Quote

In my first WDW College Program session, we learned a new word for many of the people who come to WDW..."tourons"  (tourist + moron)   LOL

Now, in all honesty, most of the people I would deal with were very nice and pretty well informed.  But there were more than a few who you couldn't help but wonder about.

One that pops into my mind was a lady who called to make reservations for the hotel INSIDE the Magic Kingdom.  I asked her if she meant one of the resorts adjacent to the MK--Contemporary, Polynesian or Grand Floridian.  She says "No!  It's the one INSIDE the Magic Kingdom!"  

Me:  Well, the Contemporary is right across the street from the Magic Kingdom...

Confused Guest:  You're not listening!!  It's INSIDE the park!

Me:  I'm sorry ma'am, but I am not aware of any hotels that are actually inside the park.  What's the name of the hotel?

CG:  I don't know, but it is INSIDE the park.

Me:  Hmmm, I'd really like to be able to assist you, but there are no hotels in any of the parks.

CG:  I'll get the name of it and call you back!  (click)

Of course, I never heard back from her... LOL

I'll post more as I think of 'em.   :)


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Posted: Oct. 27, 2003 11:03 am/pm Quote

I came across quite a few funny events while working in and around Disney, and you can find some of them in the "Funny and interesting stories" thread over at the Cast Member Clubhouse.
There are stories out there all over the place, from people leaving keys in their cars for safe keeping, to the assaults on the ticket takerbooths by cars who forgot to slow down fast enough!  :hurt:


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Posted: Oct. 27, 2003 5:38 am/pm Quote

Kimski, I try to help people too... and I have made some friends from other countries, by eavesdropping ( so to speak) and interjecting... but when You're alone there, it's kind of hard not to kind of want to shake your head at some people's perceptions...I've never said anything outloud to anyone about what I hear....I am just nosy... not mean!  






Utilidor, I will check that one out...




Sweetums, the old saying about if walls could talk.... hoo boy!  I'll bet the castle walls would talk from now until 2010!


I appreciate everyone responding... this was my first topic to start on my own...


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Posted: Oct. 27, 2003 5:41 am/pm Quote

KIm,
I hope it didn't sound like I took your post the wrong way, I didn't... But I have a question.... what is a Guest of Honor badge?


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Posted: Oct. 27, 2003 5:55 am/pm Quote

I'm glad you didn't take my post the wrong way, it certainly wasn't meant to infer any action on your part was due any criticism.   Just adding my experiences.   :)

A Guest of Honor Badge, looks very similar to a Cast Member Name Tag except the Guest of Honor Badges are not White.  They say Guest of Honor across the top with a character on them as well as your name.  Mine has is blue with a Pooh Bear, my husbands is green with Tigger, I've also seen blue with Minnie Mouse.  Last time I was at WDW in April however I only saw red ones with Mickey.  They have them at DTD in the Christmas shop and some are pre-engraved with names already on them.  If you don't find the name you want they can engrave it for you there.   I think there is also a store at MGM that has them.


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Posted: Oct. 28, 2003 11:19 am/pm Quote

Quote (MKBaughan @ Oct. 27, 2003 4:38 am/pm)
Sweetums, the old saying about if walls could talk.... hoo boy!  I'll bet the castle walls would talk from now until 2010!

Right you are!   ;)

Other things I thought of:

When I first started working at Disney/MGM, it was in 1990 and Universal had opened recently.  So I would get a lot of "where's King Kong?" or "where's Jaws?"  

Working with Chewbacca at Star Tours was fun.  Most people knew who he was, but many times people would get excited thinking they were meeting "Harry!!!!!" (from "Harry and the Hendersons").  And one time, a Brasilian woman insisted on calling Chewie "King Kong! King Kong!"

People would also call Goofy "Pluto" and vice versa.  And Donald "Daffy".  

Oh, and when I worked for Disney Vacation Club, people would ask "is this timeshare?".  I mean....can you imagine??!!!!! :9  LOL  :crazy:


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