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Posted by: utilidor27 on July 14, 2003 11:18 am/pm

I was a former Main Street operations host in the Magic Kingdom, and have TONS of interesting stories that I would love to exchange with any other former cast members that may have worked in that area. E-mail me please, and let me know, are things still as wacky, and do they even have that cast member position still - the nickname was the "parade police"! p.s. you keep your posts clean here, keep my e-mails clean too please :mickey:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 14, 2003 11:28 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Eric / utilidor27

I once met Ken Pellman, former Disneyland "Sweeper from heck" - - does that count?
;)

Welcome to the Disney Echo, Eric! Here's a pair of Disney EchoEars I have for you as a welcoming gift:


Current CM Rufus / Bruce, who's been known to walk right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A. and be right in the back of the WDW train, is co-modEARator here, but he's away on vacation for a bit. We've got lots of other CMs here, though, plus we'd all like to hear your stories. How about sharing what you can with us here on the Disney Echo and not just email?

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 15, 2003 2:17 am/pm

Well, I've never had the chance to make it to Disneyland, (sigh), so I don't know the cast position you are talking about, but it probably does if you had to deal with the unbelievable questions that I got while standing on Main St. - i.e. "Can you tell me where Cinderella's castle is?" :uhoh:
I have more, but I just found something out - does anybody know why they closed down River Country? And what do they plan to do with that area?
And do they still call the parade ops pre show meeting area the "Bomb Shelter"?

Posted by: RichKoster on July 15, 2003 8:12 am/pm

I can answer some of your questions, but not with answers that are official or anything, that's for sure.

River Country was closed due to the downturn in tourism. There just wasn't enough WDW Guests to support that aging water park when there are two other newer, better water parks at WDW to go to. That's one reason, and I'm sure the fact that water from Bay Lake is used in a large part of River Country is another reason - - note that swimming in Bay Lake or any other of the lagoons/lakes/ponds at WDW is discouraged because of Florida's bacteria problems. And then there's the reason that River Country is not only showing its age in the small number of water slides and such, but that the physical infrastructure is aging and would need massive replacement/rebuilding due to wood supports that need to be fixed.

What will happen to it in the future? Again, no official answers here. But there's been rumors of having it turned into the exclusive resort theme pool used by both Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge. Until profits improve and tourism gets back to where it should be, however, I expect River Country's future is that it will remain like it is for years to come: a < Will-o'-the-Wisp >, a siren's call to those traversing Bay Lake on watercraft -- mysteriously appearing and beckoning for travellers to come closer, yet always remaining just out of reach...

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 15, 2003 11:21 am/pm

I know exactly what you mean by Will o' Wisp. How many times did I walk over the bridge on main st. and see the tracks that were still there for the Swan Boats, (remember them?), or pass by the old 20,000 leagues attraction and wonder what in the world Disney was thinking when they closed it. Granted it was a little corny in places, but my pre-schooler would love it right now!
Did I ever tell you about the time the brazillian tour group lined up in multiple rows IN THE STREET in front of Tony's town square resteraunt, and nobody noticed until the floats were coming out for Spectromagic, and the lights were dimming. It is amazing how fast the one cast member who spoke portugese managed to teach the GM's how to say "On the sidewalk". I didn't know whether to run down the street to help, or do my hardest not to laugh - sometimes you just can't!  :laughbig:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 16, 2003 12:30 am/pm

Great story!
:D

Even more amazing are the stories about Guests from certain European countries who think nothing of holding their kids over street drains and then, voila!, "Eur-uh-pean..." -- rather than taking them to a restroom.
:o

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 16, 2003 2:56 am/pm

Oh my, now that is one I experienced first - hand, (fortunately), and I can just see myself trying to figure out a way to explain to the guest why they couldn't do it either! I think that would be one of those cases where you would just pretend you didn't see it. I have seen a couple of cases where guest's children would get sick walking down the street and if the kids threw up they just cleaned them up and ignored the mess. My but didn't that make my "delicious" meal from the trailer behind the street go down well!
Hey Rich, not that I mind talking to you, but do you think we will ever get anyone else in on this conversation?

Posted by: RichKoster on July 16, 2003 6:38 am/pm

Gee, I hope so! I hear crickets.
:ghostface:

When Bruce Metcalf gets back I'm sure he'll have some of his own stories to share, but in the meantime...
Hey, Disney EchoEars! You don't have to be a CM to join in this conversation!!! Share with us, okay?
:ears:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 17, 2003 2:52 am/pm

I hope those crickets don't get too loud! I'm posting in a couple other chat areas just to let people know I exist, maybe that will work - do you think? I know I had all my shots, and I don't bite  LOL
I am going to Typhoon Lagoon for my b-day coming up, is there anything new over there, and you got any ideas for a reasonable but good full service place to go to nearby - I usually go to the House of Blues, but I was thinking of Narcossee's for seafood this time around.
P.S. You seem to know your Polynesian Resort - did you know it had a wave machine at one time in front of the beach?

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 17, 2003 3:41 am/pm

Forget the question about the Polynesian - I just checked out Tikiman's website - man does he have everything about that resort on there! As in holy catfish! :Oo: I'm telling him now!
Posted by: RichKoster on July 17, 2003 5:50 am/pm

:D Yes, he does! I wish I could have seen the working wave machine that was for the Polynesian's beach. At least there's another one over at Typhoon Lagoon.

As to the restaurant question, probably better to ask that in the WDW forum here on the Disney Echo.

Hey folks, we still want more stories in this forum: both about CMs and about the funny/weird things you've seen Guests do that affect CMs!

:nod:

I know you've all got some things to share about this. Don't be shy!

Posted by: RichKoster on July 17, 2003 7:35 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Eric!

I've renamed the topic... maybe that will get more than just the two of us participating in this thread!
:wwww:

Posted by: Goofyteer on July 17, 2003 7:50 am/pm

Even though other CMs haven't spoken yet at least you have an audience enjoying every moment of this! I think it's hilarious, I never get to hear this stuff! Please don't mind me while I listen in. LOL
Posted by: utilidor27 on July 17, 2003 10:19 am/pm

Hey, I'm having a blast just having someplace to share these stories with! It is like having a giant scrapbook and never having had a chance to share it with anyone!
Anyways, how about the time somebody got on the EPCOT monorail instead of the resort one, (don't ask me how), and proceeded to press the emergency button in the cabin several times while going down the track to ask for directions - and then got upset when they asked him to stop pressing it! I was up front with the pilot, and we couldn't help but shake our heads.
Thanks for the suggestion Rich, I am still getting used to navigating the site - there's alot here!  I'll post the question there.
Anybody else got some funny stories that may have happened or they saw? :)

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 17, 2003 10:26 am/pm

PPS: Does Main Street Ops even still exist since the downturn in tourism - parade ops I mean.
Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 18, 2003 8:29 am/pm



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Even more amazing are the stories about Guests from certain European countries who think nothing of holding their kids over street drains and then, voila!, "Eur-uh-pean..." -- rather than taking them to a restroom.
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:shocked:  Oh my!! :shocked:

I'd have a hard time explaining this to my 4yr old as to why HE couldn't do it too :laugh:

Unfortunately, I have no funny stories to share - at least that I can think of right now.  But I'm enjoying the reading on this thread :laugh:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 18, 2003 9:19 am/pm



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PPS: Does Main Street Ops even still exist since the downturn in tourism - parade ops I mean.
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Bruce will know for sure when he gets back, but I think it does.
Posted by: utilidor27 on July 18, 2003 2:33 am/pm

It sounds like Bruce really has been in the MK alot! Can't wait to talk to him. I still new to these parts, does he work there?

Okay, folks time for the next one out of the scrapbook, and I KNOW you can picture this one.

We had this guest who arrived early at the MK for rope drop one morning at the bridge @ Liberty Square. When the rope fell she tripped and fell and twisted her ankle and got a nasty cut on her leg - which is NOT funny @ all. What IS funny is that instead of getting help she kept on limping and dragging that leg all the way across the bridge into Liberty Square while a cast member chased after her to make sure she got help. We wanted to help her right away, but God bless her soul, she was bound and determined, sprain, cut and all, to be the first on Splash Mountain with her child. We wound up getting her bandaged up and taken care of @ first aid, and once they determined the sprain wasn't bad enough, we got her reserved seating @ Splash Mountain. Now folks, THAT is determination!



"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Albert Einstein

Posted by: BrerRabbit on July 18, 2003 7:49 am/pm

We were in Disney in March of 2002.  It was very very hot and as we walked through Epcot I couldnt believe the number of parents who let their children run around the "watering holes" (not sure what to call them) #####.  There were ##### little children all over.  LOL

Is this something that is generally allowed or do the CM's try to do there best to control this behavior?  It was kinda funny but I wouldnt have dreamed to let my children run around ##### (most did have diapers or underwear, but there were a few completely #####).

Posted by: BrerRabbit on July 18, 2003 7:51 am/pm

Sorry I guess maybe birthday suit would be more appriate.  :crazy:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 18, 2003 9:02 am/pm

Congratulations, Mallissa!

You just proved that our naughty bits program is working!

(Now, don't y'all go testing it, okay, or I might be forced to delete some naughty messages... No filter is perfect.)
:o

Posted by: RichKoster on July 18, 2003 9:08 am/pm



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It sounds like Bruce really has been in the MK alot! Can't wait to talk to him. I still new to these parts, does he work there?
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Yoo Hoo, Eric!

Bruce Metcalf, or Rufus as he is known around here, is a CM at the Magic Kingdom where he can often be found conducting the trains. He's done a great job, too -- so far they haven't crashed into one another, that I know of!
:D

Funny story, too! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 19, 2003 12:49 am/pm

Thanks for the info on Bruce. I am trying to jog my memory, and depending on how long he has been working there, I might remember him - part of my job involved working at Station Break (Locker Rental) under the train station! Wouldn't that make it a small world after all :mickey:

The only reason I could possibly picture any cast member allowing children running around ####/b-day suit anywhere would be if maybe the crowds were so big that day that it became a smaller issue. I know that they told me at my orientation that the maxium crowd ever reached at the M.K. was 95,000 if I remember correctly, so I can picture an average attendance of 70,000 during the summer - more than enough to overwhelm! I am certain that if their safety became a concern someone would have stepped in immediately.

All ya'll who don't have any funny stories to think of here's a hint: Next time you go to a Disney theme park eat your lunch on a bench or take a break on the street and just watch the guests go by - the stories will come to you!



"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Albert Einstein

Posted by: RichKoster on July 19, 2003 12:58 am/pm

...or sit by the pool.  :eyebrow:

Here's a true story from my June trip. My son and I were at Fort Wilderness resort at the Crockett swimming pool, drying off along the side where the lounge chairs are. Another Guest and his son were talking:

Dad: So, do you want to go back to Disney World next?

Son: No, I want to go to Epcot now.

Geesh!  :grimace: I couldn't resist, and I told them "You're at Walt Disney World right now! It's more than the Magic Kingdom, even Fort Wilderness Resort is in 'Disney World', as well as Epcot!!"

I just couldn't take it anymore.

:rolleyes:

So, does that make them the funny Guest or am I the funny Guest in that story?
:wwww:

And here's a picture with Bruce in it -- see if you recognize him. On the left is his wife Marta, then Bruce, then my wife Carol, then me. My son Michael is in front of us.

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 19, 2003 1:35 am/pm

Nope, don't recognize him, course you know everyone looks different in costume.

As for the Ft. Wilderness story, I think I would have absolutely no idea what to think of either of you!

Here's one that comes to me by way of Reader's Digest:
Two guests were asking about some nice relaxing attractions with little wait time. A cast member suggested the 360 degree show in Tommorowland. After some thought they replied that that would probably be too hot of an attraction for them.
Oh the insanity of it all!

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Albert Einstein

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 19, 2003 2:06 am/pm

P.S. A plea for those of you who read these posts, I'm running out of time and I desperately need some help on a topic I have over @ WDW (it's new so it's up above). I haven't got a reply yet.  :help:
Posted by: utilidor27 on July 20, 2003 11:20 am/pm

Didn't notice it until now, thanks for creating the link Rich.

A couple of years ago I was visiting the Contemp. for dinner, and the power went out on the Magic Kingdom for only the second time that I can remember. (I'll tell you about the other one later on - I was working that night). What was different, was that this time I noticed the monorails also went out, and were out for some time. They don't pull into their stations when that happens, so I pity anyone who had to take a bathroom break! By the way, it made it quite a pain to get to our car from the Grand Floridian - Everyone was taking the boat!

Posted by: RichKoster on July 21, 2003 12:07 am/pm

Over at Disneyland they quite often have monorail breakdowns. They really need new monorails there or at least more :dollar: for maintenance...

It is quite common to have DL Guests taken out of a broken-down monorail on ladders.
:Oo:

Do you know if they've ever had to take such drastic measures at WDW, or do they use something like a pusher monorail to bring a faulty monorail back into the nearest station?

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 21, 2003 3:17 am/pm

About five years ago when I was visiting on my honeymoon, I asked one of the operators about that, and he told me that a long time ago they an electrical short in one of them and they had to stop the monorail and send everyone out by a lift from a Reedy Creek fire truck. Ever notice the emergency exits on the ceiling - now that's a scary thought!
I do know for a fact that each monorail has a battery backup in the event of a power failure that will allow them to go a short distance on their own, however the convience features that go with each one (AC, lighting ) will go down if they use up to much of them, which is whey they do not use them to move into the stations. It is usually better to just sit it out, becuase the power usually comes back on shortly, and nobody wants to stand in an unairconditioned monorail doing 10mph (if that fast) limping down the track - you can not guarantee that everyone used Dial that day! :o
They also all have back up tires in the event that one blows. If you want to do a search engine lookup to read all about them, they are Alweg Mark VI's. The old ones were Mark IV's and I believe they still use the old ones @ Disneyland, if I am not mistaken.

I still leaving this forum open for any other interesting events people may have seen, come'on don't tell me I'm the only one.

P.S. Don't ever tell a monorail or train operator you are on your honeymoon unless you want the rest of the passengers to know it. I found that out the hard way, and it can get embaressing! :blush:

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 21, 2003 9:00 am/pm



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It is quite common to have DL Guests taken out of a broken-down monorail on ladders.
:Oo:

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How do they do this with children and/or someone who's handicapped?
Posted by: utilidor27 on July 22, 2003 12:10 am/pm

Good Question, Rich, have they made special accomedations with Anaheim fire rescue or something! Maybe with the addition of the California Adventure resorts they will get some new ones - the problem is they are VERY expensive, even by Disney standards. I wish they would come up with a new line at WDW though, maybe something to link the MK resorts with the Animal Kingdom. My idea of a vacation a Disney does not include buses!
I am leaving Sat. for my trip, and will be eating at a monorail resort resteraunt for a dinner. The wife doesn't care for the menu at Narcoosees so we will probably eat at the Polynesian. If there is anything at any of the three resorts any of you would like me to check out, let me know.
Here's another funny story of sorts: Two newlyweds got on Small World wearing their groom and bride "ears". Upon spotting them coming down in the loading area the entire cast started applauding them and cheering them, right until they passed the fountain. It was quite a sight.
I know.
I was the groom.
Like I said, be careful what you wish for on a Disney Honeymoon! :lookaround:


"If we can dream it, we can do it"
Walt Disney

Posted by: RichKoster on July 22, 2003 1:39 am/pm



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Good Question, Rich, have they made special accomedations with Anaheim fire rescue or something!
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I've never seen it happen personally, so I don't know. I have received info about Guests being taken down on ladders (cherry bucket?) from more than one of my friends who have seen it for themselves at Disneyland -- but I didn't think to ask what happens with kids and handicapped Guests.

They do have a pusher monorail tractor at DL which they use whenever they need to -- but if something has gotten the monorail stuck (broken wheel assembly, flat tire, whatever) then they have to take the Guests down right there from the faulty monorail.

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 22, 2003 11:19 am/pm

They have an open platform that they use to ride down the track for inspections that is kept in the roundhouse. Bruce may have seen it. I just thought about it, and I am not sure if worst came to worst if they could use it as a pusher. Things may be different with these being newer monorails.

Speaking of pushers, one more tale for ya'll. I can't believe this thread is up to four pages already  - told ya' I had lots I had been waiting to share.

Some of you may have actually seen this happen. Before Spectromagic happens, parade ops is responsible for putting big rubber stoppers in the trolley tracks for the floats. Yes, they are VERY HEAVY, and no, I cannot tell you their nickname. But one night all the best planning ....
At the start of the parade there are little "men" riding balls that move around the street, as you may recall. One night one of the drivers of the balls found the one space between those stoppers and wedged that ball stuck but good. All the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn't get that ball to move again. After about five minutes of parade ops, entertainment, and street managers pushing it, it finally wedged loose. Meanwhile the poor little guy on top is waving and a'swingin away!
Only at Walt Disney World!

All ya'll fixin to go on vacations look out for something
:shifty:\ and I am sure I will have something to take back this weekend from Typhoon Lagoon. C'mon, it's a water park!

Posted by: Rufus on July 23, 2003 3:04 am/pm



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Yup, sure do! After 9/11, management tried to get us to call it the "Whine Cellar" instead, so overheard remarks wouldn't spook the guests, but it didn't take. The latest phone lists -- from those same managers -- still use "Bomb Shelter."

Some things just can't be changed by decree....
:no:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 23, 2003 3:31 am/pm

Welcome back, Rufus!

Now what I wanna know is if those fabled Disney Jails exist... you know, the ones supposedly at WDW that have bars but also Disney Characters painted on the wall?
:deadpirate:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 23, 2003 4:40 am/pm

Welcome back from me too, been looking forward to talking to you :bigsmile:

Now do tell, do you know about those fabled Dis. jails? I never saw a place for them in the utilidors.

Posted by: Rufus on July 24, 2003 11:45 am/pm

Eric asked:



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Does Main Street Ops even still exist since the downturn in tourism - parade ops I mean.
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Sure does -- can't run a parade without PAC cast. As before, it's still made up of the usual mix of Park Greeters, low seniority Railroad Conductors, and Main Street Vehicle drivers.

Main Street Operations also includes the Railroad, Turnstiles, and Vehicles (not horse cars). Station Break and Guest Relations have both been split off in recent years.

At least we have a great Area Manager now. When the previous manager left, we held a going away party -- and didn't invite her!
:beer:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 24, 2003 2:51 am/pm

It's nice to know the "parade police" still exist. Somebody's got to keep the parents from putting their kids on the walls over the moat to see the parade! And lets not leave out the trash cans either!
And let me guess, they still try to jump to a different seat on the train at the last minute, right?
I have to say a nice story though. Had a wonderful little boy come up to me once and said that he would like to try on my hat - had to be about 4 or 5 - folks said it would be ok, so I did. He turned around and pointed at them and said something on the order of "Now stay on the curb". I thought I was gonna roll, and so did everyone around him. Those are the precious moments. ;)
I saved a really good one for Bruce for when he got back, I wanted him to hear it too. It's my favorite, and it is the topper. It's been awhile ago, but does anybody remember a certain night in summer 1989? Think hard.....think Main st. chaos......think nightime.....

Posted by: Rufus on July 24, 2003 2:58 am/pm

Eric wrote:


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It sounds like Bruce really has been in the MK alot! Can't wait to talk to him. I still new to these parts, does he work there?
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I think "work" is a pretty strong word for what I do at the MK. Mark Twain described it best when he defined success as, "Making your vocation the same as your vacation."

I've been a Conductor on the WDW Railroad for the past five years, and a Main Street Show Quality Monitor for the past year. Before that I was just one of those AP holders who visited so frequently that even Cast Members asked me questions.

Welcome to the Disney Echo, Eric. Feel free to chat me up all you like!

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 24, 2003 3:49 am/pm

Thanks for the welcome! I soooo glad I found ya'll! Thanks for letting me be part of such a wonderful group -  :wwww:
Posted by: Goofyteer on July 24, 2003 9:15 am/pm



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Thanks for the welcome! I soooo glad I found ya'll! Thanks for letting me be part of such a wonderful group -  :wwww:
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I'm really enjoying reading all this am I'm glad you showed up! ;)

Only trouble is, I'm not a CM so I'm stumped as to what I could add to it! :blush:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 24, 2003 9:19 am/pm



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I'm not a CM so I'm stumped as to what I could add to it! :blush:
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Oh, I bet if you think about it anyone could think of funny things that happened to people at a Disney theme park -- you don't have to be a CM to notice things like that and the incidents can be about a Guest, a CM, or even yourself if you wanna fess up to it!
:coolgrin:

Posted by: Rufus on July 24, 2003 9:51 am/pm

Rich wrote:



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Over at Disneyland they quite often have monorail breakdowns. They really need new monorails there or at least more  for maintenance...

It is quite common to have DL Guests taken out of a broken-down monorail on ladders.

Do you know if they've ever had to take such drastic measures at WDW, or do they use something like a pusher monorail to bring a faulty monorail back into the nearest station?
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At WDW there are three diesel-powered tow motors that can be used to move disabled monorails. Alas, their use is not as infrequent as one might wish.

About half the failures are power failures at substations -- usually caused by lightning strikes. The other half are monorail failures. The latter are getting more common as the equipment ages, but at least they aren't catching on fire any mroe. :devil:

The big worry is that a monorail will fail stopped on top of the shop switch. I don't know what the contingency plan is in that case, but I'm sure there is one. Probably the same as at Disneyland -- ropes pulled by trucks on the ground.

Reedy Creek also has an annual evacuation drill using volunteer cast members. They used to do these at night at a location selected at random, but lately they've all been on the connecting track to the Epcot beam in mid-afternoon. Fun to watch, less fun to participate in, to all reports.

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 24, 2003 11:39 am/pm

Wait a minute, am I getting this right, that cast member was actually right when he said one of those caught on fire?  :o I'm taking the ferry from now on!

So what do they do with the rest of the line while a particular monorail is stuck? Can they go backwards into a station to let the guests off, or does it throw a safety switch?

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 24, 2003 11:58 am/pm

Switched colors per your request Rich, does this work better? :)
Posted by: Rufus on July 25, 2003 11:38 am/pm

Rich asked:



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Now what I wanna know is if those fabled Disney Jails exist... you know, the ones supposedly at WDW that have bars but also Disney Characters painted on the wall?

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Can't say. Ain't never been evil enough to find out. :pirate:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 25, 2003 11:38 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Eric!



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Aaaaaah, so restful, so easy on the eyes, muuuuuch better! Thanks.
:bowdown:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 25, 2003 11:58 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Rufus!

What do you think of < Al Lutz's column > that includes his opinions/news about the current state of Disneyland's monorails and their future?

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 25, 2003 4:26 am/pm

Interesting piece Rich. I'm going to wait to hear what Bruce says before I weigh in, (be polite and wait my turn is what my mother taught me :) ).
Would this be an appropiate forum to make some brief (I promise) civil (as always) and maybe suprising comments about the CEO of the Walt Disney Co.?
Eric

Posted by: RichKoster on July 25, 2003 7:01 am/pm



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Would this be an appropiate forum to make some brief (I promise) civil (as always) and maybe suprising comments about the CEO of the Walt Disney Co.?
Eric
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Good question!

Even though he's technically a Cast Member (yeah, right! ), I'd say a better place to put comments about Michael Eisner would be in the Disney Destinations General Comments and Questions area. Thanks for asking!

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 25, 2003 10:25 am/pm

O.K. I did it. Hope it is appropiate, feel free to rename it if you think it is too irreverent of a title!
Eric

Posted by: Rufus on July 26, 2003 5:55 am/pm

Eric wrote:



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Some of you may have actually seen this happen. Before Spectromagic happens, parade ops is responsible for putting big rubber stoppers in the trolley tracks for the floats. Yes, they are VERY HEAVY, and no, I cannot tell you their nickname.
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Well I can!

We call them "cheese" because when brand new, they are the color of fresh cheddar cheese. Mind you, after a few years of sitting in the tracks where the horsies go to the bathroom, "cheese" isn't what I think of and "cheddar" isn't the color any more. :barf:

The cheese used to come in pieces about 8 feet long, they were stored in racks on the side of a building, and we had to carry them on and off stage by hand. Now they've been cut to 4-foot lengths, and we wheel them around in our very own wooden wagon. Much easier to do, and much less likely to smear the shoulders of your costume!

What really amazes me is that we don't have to put down cheese over the entire route. I've never seen a performer fall because they tripped over the tracks, which is more than I can say for my walking over them. Guess there's a reason I didn't get hired to dance, huh? :punched:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 26, 2003 6:58 am/pm



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Guess there's a reason I didn't get hired to dance, huh? :punched:
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Yes, we all know (wait for it...)
Cats Can't Dance!
:tounge:

...Sorry, wrong studio.  :oops:

Posted by: Rufus on July 27, 2003 2:02 am/pm

Eric wrote:



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Wait a minute, am I getting this right, that cast member was actually right when he said one of those caught on fire?   I'm taking the ferry from now on!
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The monorails tended to catch fire when new. The circuitry has been changed and it's no longer a problem. Hasn't been a fire in a monorail for a couple of years now (not counting those set by the guests).




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So what do they do with the rest of the line while a particular monorail is stuck? Can they go backwards into a station to let the guests off, or does it throw a safety switch?
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Yes, the monorails go both directions quite easily. The restriction is a matter of safety -- you not only want to make sure that there's no one coming up behind you, you also want to know that there's a clear station platform to back up into.

Safety rules also require an operator in the leading cab in all but exeptional situations. Some times it'll take a manager a long time to decide if a situation is exceptional enough. :help: While this sometimes leads to half hour delays (as happened to a friend of mine on Friday), I think such caution is a whole lot better than having a collision.

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 28, 2003 12:27 am/pm

O.K. IIIIIIM baaaaack. You've been warned. Thanks for the Birthday greeting Rich, I went over to WDW for my b-day, and indulged myself quite nicely thank you! And I have had a all new dusting of pixie dust, which is making me quite annoying to my wife, but oh, well.

First things first. Found out that those tractors are diesal and not electric - you learn something new every day! Which means they wouldn't have anything to worry about power outage or whatever, so folks if ya get stuck, you'll be okay. (Now that they are not catching on fire anymore).

Didn't get to go to Typhoon today due to family reasons, but will go later on in the month. But spent Sat. at Dis. and have lots of good stuff - told you all you have to do is look!  :shifty:

Found: for all you folks who indulge yourselves @ the Wilderness Lodge - 5 wood ducks making themselves nice and happy at home in the swimming pool. Now don't you just want to go over there and jump in for a swim! Don't swallow the water - :barf:

Just plain yucky: Waiting for fireworks I noticed guest beside me take her children for a nice 10pm swim - in the seven seas lagoon. Nice beach, but I wouldn't go swimming in that water - especially that late!

Double yucky: Tourists in speedos that don' t have any business owning one, much less wearing one. Makes me not want to go to a water park!

Overheard: "Can you tell me where the nearest boat is to EPCOT" (THAT MADE MY BIRTHDAY RIGHT THERE)

I asked the front desk person if you could hear the fireworks on the beach ( I forgot to check tikiman's website before I left). Cast member: "Yes." where? "I'm not sure hang on I have never been down to the beach" (You know you are in trouble when a Poly cast member says they have never been down to their own beach). "My supervisor says you can hear the music in Ohanas but not at the beach." Security guard: You can if you stand by the speakers @ the pool."
Having been totally confused, I sat by the beach near the pool. The answer is: Technically, yes you can hear the music by the pool - if you get down on your knees and put your head right next to one of the green speakers on the grass while positioning your body in such a position as to throw your back totally out of whack trying to see fireworks. Solution: Watch by Ohanas, or go to the roof @ the Contemporary.
More as time permits.

Posted by: RichKoster on July 28, 2003 1:02 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Eric!



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I asked the front desk person if you could hear the fireworks on the beach
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If that is what you actually asked, and not "Can you hear the music from the fireworks on the beach?" then you've just asked you own funny question from a Guest!
:tounge:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 28, 2003 1:18 am/pm

You caught me on a typo Rich, although I must admit it would not suprise me. I have done my share of silly things too - I once asked a cast member where a water fountain was while standing two feet away from one! That was NOT a good day, and I'm just glad it happened at the EPCOT entrance gate and not the MK or I would have never heard the end of it!
I also have been known to make a very not so graceful fall off the steps of the pool @ the Boardwalk, resulting in multiple castmembers checking on my wounded pride, while my ever so caring wife is by my side wishing she had a video camera! :blush2:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 28, 2003 9:55 am/pm

I forgot to add a item to my post about my trip. Has anybody ever noticed the Mickey Mouse firework in the firework show? It is a very cool addition! :coolgrin:  

To whovever mentioned Kona's cafe=it is great!

Posted by: Rufus on July 29, 2003 1:41 am/pm

Rich asked,



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What do you think of Al Lutz's column that includes his opinions/news about the current state of Disneyland's monorails and their future?
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Al has a reputation for accurate information and pessimistic projections, so I'm very inclined to believe his data but doubt some of his conclusions.

The idea that Disneyland would restrict the number of monorails in service to reduce maintenance costs sounds reasonable -- after all, they did the same thing for the California Screamin' coaster when maintenance costs exceeded expectations.

To go the additional step of restricting monorail use to Disney hotel guests seems a bit extreme. Granting them priority in seating may well prove necessary, but I don't believe they are numerous enough to require all of the seats.

When budgets are tight (for good reasons or not), severe steps must at times be taken. When maintenance is deferred, it almost always causes greater expenses down the line. Disneyland appears to be suffering from both causes, and that saddens me. That such problems may be reflected in operating cutbacks is only logical.

Logical, but sad. :tear: Let's hope someone finds a way to fund some basic changes out there.

Posted by: RichKoster on July 29, 2003 3:51 am/pm



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I forgot to add a item to my post about my trip. Has anybody ever noticed the Mickey Mouse firework in the firework show?
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:buttrock: I have, I have!



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To whovever mentioned Kona's cafe=it is great!
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:buttrock: I did, I did!

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 29, 2003 2:45 am/pm

Thank you, thank you! :bigsmile: I asked them to e-mail me the recipie for that fabulous bread that they make there, so you may be finding it in another posting that is listed soon!

Bruce, when I worked there they had not yet cut the cheese into the smaller sections (you lucky dogs!  :eyebrow: ), and on occasion if we tripped in one of the tracks while carrying those monstrasities the other "nickname" would come out as soon as we got backstage. I never could figure out why they would make us remove it after the afternoon parade anyways. I am sure there was a reason, but the horses weren't running, and I never really got a good answer. Do you know :confused:

Posted by: Rufus on July 29, 2003 8:17 am/pm

Eric asked,



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I never could figure out why they would make us remove it [the cheese] after the afternoon parade anyways. I am sure there was a reason, but the horses weren't running, and I never really got a good answer. Do you know?
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These days, if there is to be an evening parade, we just leave the cheese in place.

It's been a long time since we had horsecars in the afternoon, but we've had horseless carriages in the afternoon as recently as two years ago. When they were scheduled, we pulled the cheese for the afternoon so that the weight of the vehicles wouldn't wedge the cheese in so tightly we couldn't get it out.

Lost more good cheeses that way....

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 29, 2003 11:39 am/pm

And everyone knows there is nothing worse than cheese gone bad!
Bruce are you planning on doing any more attractions on your website? May I suggest the American Adventure - my personal favorite!

I never passed on that last story I had written in before, from 1989. I am assuming nobody knows about it, because I never got a response - so here goes.
I'll make it short. Picture this: Summertime crowd. just after the end of the first performance of the M.S. electric parade. Remember, this is 1989, so there is no M.S. ops. at this time.
The power goes out on the east side of Main St., from the old Kodak Center to the Ice Cream Parlor. (It may have been out elsewhere, but I had my hands full and could'nt stop to check). I was working Merchandise at this time, and our glorious registers went down. So you have no power, and no way to sell anything when it comes back on, and no way for the guests to get any food at the bakery or Ice Cream Parlor. We wound up dragging out one of the old Sweda registers - does anybody remember them? - and using it to ring up some sales. (We had just gone to the computer ones, so I guess they found one in the utilidors). The fireworks went on, and the power made it up just in time for the second parade, but it was very crazy!

Posted by: Rufus on July 30, 2003 12:44 am/pm

Eric wrote,



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Bruce are you planning on doing any more attractions on your website? May I suggest the American Adventure - my personal favorite!
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Work on new "Attractions of the Week" was discontinued when my writing partner had cataract surgery, and was unable to get on line for several months during her recovery.  :sniffle: Sadly, she's married to an anti-Disney person who actively disapproves of her activities, so it's an open question if there will ever be more.

Your nomination of the American Adventure is, however, duely noted and has been added to the list. :flag:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 30, 2003 2:31 am/pm

Well, shute, sorry to hear about that. Let me know if there is any way I can help out, I loved reading about all that trivia behind the rides!
I hear you have been working at the M.K. for the last five years, does that include summer 1998? That was my last time working in the Kingdom. Maybe we can keep up real fast on some of the old cast members, and what has changed.
A bit of advance warning: My wife is going in for surgery Fri. so I will be on and off of this thread sporadically until she returns back to work on Wed., so as to give her lots of r&r. I will try to talk at least once or twice, but keep the thread active PLEASE   ;) and I will return! It is minor surgery, so our trip to Typhoon is still on for the end of the month, and you know I will have lots of good stuff to tell after a day there! :laugh:

Posted by: Rufus on July 31, 2003 1:19 am/pm

Eric wrote,



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I hear you have been working at the M.K. for the last five years, does that include summer 1998? That was my last time working in the Kingdom. Maybe we can keep up real fast on some of the old cast members, and what has changed.
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I haven't been there quite that long; I started in January 1999. Been a whole lot of turnover since then. Just so we don't bore the others, perhaps it would be best to discuss cast and ex-cast in email or PM.

Don't worry folks, we'll still post the funny stories here! :laugh:

Posted by: utilidor27 on July 31, 2003 2:18 am/pm

I found out today that awhile back somebody was using a water mouse on the lagoon and they ran the thing into a ferry that was in the process of making a crossing. Then they sued Disney over it. Now I am still trying to make sense of how you can miss a ferry boat! Unless of course you are a fish :wow: Anyways the judge threw it out.

Another one I was told about while in training was a person who swore that they got hit by a piece of cement falling down from the castle. Well folks, there was only one problem with that one. Cinderella's castle is made of fiberglass. (Pretty hard fiberglass if you ask me, but that's what they told us.)

Any other silly little things anybody know of?

Posted by: RichKoster on July 31, 2003 5:45 am/pm



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Another one I was told about while in training was a person who swore that they got hit by a piece of cement falling down from the castle. Well folks, there was only one problem with that one. Cinderella's castle is made of fiberglass. (Pretty hard fiberglass if you ask me, but that's what they told us.)
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Yeah, I've heard the same story -- but it was a brick in the version I heard. And if anyone is wondering... no, the fiberglass is all one piece, not individual bricks.

And no, they cannot disassemble Cinderella Castle if a hurricane is coming.
:tounge:

Posted by: Rufus on July 31, 2003 9:00 am/pm

Eric asked,



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Any other silly little things anybody know of?
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:musicsad: My favorite was the woman who sued Disney for damage to her ears from the sudden change in pressure as the Hydrolators in the Living Seas changed levels.

Disney's attorney's brought a bus, invited judge, jury, and all to come with them to the Living Seas, where they opened both sets of doors to one of the Hydrolators. By the time they all stopped laughing, the plaintiff was nowhere to be found.

:wwww:

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 02, 2003 5:55 am/pm

Well folks, here's a story sent to me by way of a cast member visiting the Disney Store here in Lakeland. It seems a while back in EPCOT the fire alarm went off by Innoventions. Apparently the horn or what ever it is that they use to make the alarm noise could be heard all up and down the entire plaza - and it took them over 45 minutes to get it turned off. Considering how loud that thing had to be, I bet that made for an interesting day in Future World! I am suprised it took them that long - you would have thought it would have lit a "fire" under them and sent them "smokin" for the nearest shut off switch. (drums please) :D
Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 04, 2003 4:22 am/pm

I am curious to know if they ever solved the problem of the castmembers getting showered by the ashes from the fireworks while waiting for the bus at the utilidor entrance. I rember on more than one occasion having to make a dash inside while they were going off because we knew the smoke and ash would be HORRIBLE!
And does the roof in the utilidors still leak right about the spot where it passes under the castle moat? That was very disconcerting to say the least walking to work everyday! Kept you looking up! :rolleyes:

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 05, 2003 1:14 am/pm

Eric asked,


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I am curious to know if they ever solved the problem of the castmembers getting showered by the ashes from the fireworks while waiting for the bus at the utilidor entrance. And does the roof in the utilidors still leak right about the spot where it passes under the castle moat?
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Nope. Yup.

The biggest leak right now is in the Bomb Shelter (Main Street Station break room). Not only does the drain for the balcony above leak, the new A/C unit's condensate drain slopes up, causing it to leak. Add in the new drop ceiling and you have water and chunks of acoustic tile dripping and dropping all over the room.

We're addressing the issue in three ways. First, a repair has been placed in the budget ... for Fiscal Year 2005 (subject to delay). Second, the floor is covered with nearly a dozen buckets under the largest drips. And finally, I understand cast members will each be issued an official Disney rubber duckie!
:idea:

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 05, 2003 5:05 am/pm

Coming soon a new Magic Kingdom Attraction - Amphibious Railroad Conductors! :laugh:
Since we have so much dedicated to the Polynesian Resort, and Fort Wilderness, can anybody answer a question about MY favorite MK resort - the Contemporary (there, I admitted it! :) )
I am wanting to know if there is a launch to it's marina to the M.K., or is the only way to get to the M.K. the monorail or walking.

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 06, 2003 1:36 am/pm

Eric asked,


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... can anybody answer a question about MY favorite MK resort - the Contemporary[?] I am wanting to know if there is a launch to it's marina to the M.K., or is the only way to get to the M.K. the monorail or walking.
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Yup, it's monorail or monotony. Too short a trip to need watercraft.

Of course, you can take the Ft. Wilderness/Wilderness Lodge cruiser to one of those points, then transfer to the Wilderness/Wilderness/Contemporary launch. Takes a lot longer than just walking though.

Not that I haven't been known to go that way.... :pirate:

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 06, 2003 3:14 am/pm

I was just wondering, because when the park closes the line for the resort monorail is terrible,  :sniffle: the bus ride can make you sick :barf: and I'm not sure about fighting the traffic near the resort!  :o

Since this is entitled funny/interesting stories, I have a question for you that I posed earlier on this thread. Do the guests still make those infamous last minute jumps off the train to another seat just as the train starts moving? I know that used to drive the engineers and conductors totally batty!

By the way, it's an old joke folks, but I love it. The acronym EPCOT stands for Experimental Polyester Costumes of Tommorow. Drumroll please - again. :upside:

Here's something to think about Bruce. The next time you hear the AVAC go off, remember that is somebody's dirty diaper flying over your head at 60mph. Appealing, huh!

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 07, 2003 9:14 am/pm

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I find the traffic is much more reasonable when I head south and join the guest traffic than when I head north with CM drivers. Hard to believe, but true.
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Do the guests still make those infamous last minute jumps off the train to another seat just as the train starts moving? I know that used to drive the engineers and conductors totally batty!
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Alas, yes. Stupidity has not yet been eliminated from the Parks. Apparently Darwinian evolution works very slowly.
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The acronym EPCOT stands for Experimental Polyester Costumes of Tommorow.
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Alternatives include:
Excruciating Polyester Costumes Of Torment
Every Parent Carries Out Toddlers
Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday
Every Pocketbook Comes Out Trashed
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Here's something to think about.... The next time you hear the AVAC go off, remember that is somebody's dirty diaper flying over your head at 60mph. Appealing, huh!
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More appealing than the guests who leave little surprise packages on the train, as happened three times yesterday. Also a whole lot more appealing than when such packages are dropped for someone to step on.

Can you say, "Exploding diaper"? :barf:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 07, 2003 11:16 am/pm



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Here's something to think about.... The next time you hear the AVAC go off, remember that is somebody's dirty diaper flying over your head at 60mph. Appealing, huh!
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More appealing than the guests who leave little surprise packages on the train, as happened three times yesterday. Also a whole lot more appealing than when such packages are dropped for someone to step on.

Can you say, "Exploding diaper"? :barf:

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Boy, talk about having Pooh on your shirt...
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Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 07, 2003 2:25 am/pm

Ah yes, I remember the days when the street managers used to tell us to remember to pick up the trash we ran into - "help keep the street clean" they said.
I really feel sorry for the kids who's parents drag them  through all the heat though, and don't seem to care. Had one get sick on M.S., lose his meal, and then the parents just kept on dragging him along like nothing happened - cleaned him up with a hankerchief. You got to take breaks! When station break still sold drinks we used to give ya'll ice in little bags to stick under your hats - it was so funny - and you'd sneak a couple up for the engineers! I think that's why they may have stopped selling them over there, somebody probably caught on! :D
Now's here's one of the most ridiculous things I ever heard - somebody told me once that when tinkerbell flies out of the castle at night, to help stop her they use a mattress like object! I really didn't want to argue with the individual because it was too absurd - but it is a funny picture to think of - Watch out for flying pixie dust! :pixiedust: there goes the wand! :upside:

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 07, 2003 3:39 am/pm

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I really feel sorry for the kids who's parents drag them  through all the heat though, and don't seem to care. Had one get sick on M.S., lose his meal, and then the parents just kept on dragging him along like nothing happened - cleaned him up with a hankerchief. You got to take breaks!
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Yeah, one of the saddest things I've ever seen in a theme park was a "family" I observed on opening day at Animal Kingdom: A father, nose stuck in the back of an Unofficial Guide (where the "Dumbo or Die in a Day" touring directions are located), dragging his 4-year-old daughter behind him. They had just come out of Countdown to Extinction (now Dinosaur! ) and the girl was still crying huge tears of terror from the experience.

All dad had to say to her was, "Hurry up, only two more attractions and then we can move on to the next park!"

Talk about your urge to kill! :tsk:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 07, 2003 7:53 am/pm



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Now's here's one of the most ridiculous things I ever heard - somebody told me once that when tinkerbell flies out of the castle at night, to help stop her they use a mattress like object! I really didn't want to argue with the individual because it was too absurd - but it is a funny picture to think of - Watch out for flying pixie dust! :pixiedust: there goes the wand! :upside:
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Believe it or not, I saw said mattress for myself over at Disneyland when I got a backstage tour. I don't know if the same "braking technique" is used at WDW's MK, however -- but I can verify that is indeed the case at Disneyland.
:nod:

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 07, 2003 9:35 am/pm

Eric wrote,


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You got to take breaks! When station break still sold drinks we used to give ya'll ice in little bags to stick under your hats - it was so funny - and you'd sneak a couple up for the engineers! I think that's why they may have stopped selling them over there, somebody probably caught on!
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Whoa doggies, what a great idea! I'm going to try that next week. :clap:

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 08, 2003 2:20 am/pm

Eric asked,


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Now's here's one of the most ridiculous things I ever heard - somebody told me once that when tinkerbell flies out of the castle at night, to help stop her they use a mattress like object! I really didn't want to argue with the individual because it was too absurd - but it is a funny picture to think of -
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As Rich says, that's how she does it at Disneyland Park.

At the Magic Kingdom, Tinker Bell has a handgrip brake that lets her control her speed and come to a safe stop. Much more gracious approach.

Of course, there are a couple of matresses in case the brakes fail.... :pixiedust:

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 08, 2003 4:00 am/pm

I forgot to say that one of the principal reasons for putting ice in their hats was to keep them from becoming "hotheads" (could I have ANOTHER rim shot please)

Now for all you kids, the only reason Tink needs a handbrake, wire, or mattress is because if she were to fly at night on her own, all the flashlights would blind her and she would go straight into the train station and hit the conductor. And nobody wants that - do we?

Disney magic restored, ever wonder how cold Tink must get up there on the castle balcony - hmmm. Reminds me of when I got the chance to do a Christmas stint in a show over at EPCOT back in '89 when we had that hard freeze. Those outfits the entertainers wear are thin, and believe me, standing on the American Gardens theatre stage was COLD. But it was my short time in the spotlight, and Andy Warhol said we would all get one, so I figured I had better make the best of it. Although I pitied all those people standing waiting for Illuminations! At least now you get a brief period of heat in the current show. Well, getting back on track....(we need a mickey in a train hat emotion, don't you think?)

Do they still have the fire problem back in the area between frontierland and Mickey's toontown fair. I remember the dry spell of 98' caused a few brush flair ups back there, and they were going to do something with the sprinkler system.

I know this is fifty questions, take them one at a time, they have a TERRIBLE problem with poor lighting in Frontierland at night, are they ever going to address the problem? :confused: I am so afraid that one day somebody is going to fall over a step or run into something, especially after spectro :o    :cowboy:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 08, 2003 4:44 am/pm



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....(we need a mickey in a train hat emotion, don't you think?)
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Yup! I hope someone looks through their old Eyes & Ears and perhaps finds a cartoon of Mickey looking like that which they could send to me...
:smart:

Posted by: Rufus on Aug. 08, 2003 9:01 am/pm

Eric wrote,


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Now for all you kids, the only reason Tink needs a handbrake, wire, or mattress is because if she were to fly at night on her own, all the flashlights would blind her and she would go straight into the train station and hit the conductor.
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Wouldn't be the first time Tink hit on me....  :pixiedust:



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I don't hear me complaining!

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 08, 2003 9:16 am/pm



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Wouldn't be the first time Tink hit on me....  :pixiedust:
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So that explains why on my last trip I noticed furballs on her wings!
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And I don't speak tinkling bell, so I can't tell if she's complaining!
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Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 08, 2003 11:15 am/pm

0.K. Guys, lets be good now :tsk: Besides, Pete's gotta look out for his Tinkerbell!  :) Sounds like there's been some stray cats wandering around the neighborhood!
Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 12, 2003 12:19 am/pm

When I worked at the MK we used to dread the rainy days that lasted all day long, because everything stayed a mess, and sure enough, you would roll out the stanchions (those things are HEAVY folks), set up the ropes, get into position and then it would start sprinkling and, well , there goes Spectro! It wrecked havoc on guest relations too, because not everyone can look on the sunny side of things.
I say all this because I am interested in how things are going now over at the park, as we have just finished having three straight days of rain, and everything is SOAKED.
And pray tell, can anybody tell me if they are EVER going to fix the drainage problem at DD WestSide?

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 13, 2003 4:48 am/pm

Since we have had some return visits lately by several people to WDW, I would like to put out the request one more time and see if anyone would like to add a funny or interesting thing they may have noticed at Disney on their travels. I am going to have my own return trip soon, so I know I will have more to add, but I know that there has GOT to be some that ya'll have noticed. Or maybe some of our new cast members want to throw something in? I can't wait to hear 'em! :ears:
Posted by: SGault71 on Aug. 17, 2003 8:07 am/pm

I have a funny story to share.  I am not a castmember, but I have been to Disney many times.  The one thing that happened was in Typhoon Lagoon.  We were floating around Typhoon Lagoon just relaxing, while a family member was videotaping.  We went under one of the waterfalls and one of my relatives swimsuit came down, and she was caught with it down on video. Boy did her face turn red. I was just relieved that it didn't happen to me.  The lesson learned from this experience is that you should always where a one piece swimsuit with straps that work well, when you visit a water park.   :blush2:


Thanks for sharing all of the great stories.


Sue

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 18, 2003 10:13 am/pm

There's always a funny moment somewhere at Disney, it's just part of the magic :sorcerer:  :pixiedust: Some non-cast member stories are the best ones! :mickey:
Posted by: Mary on Aug. 20, 2003 12:26 am/pm

I am not a CM (but wish I was!;) and have enjoyed reading this thread.  One memory that stands out in my mind, was a few years ago, when they were selling the "Walk around the World" bricks.  DH and I decided to buy one if it could be at the Poly (which they did :minnie: )  As we were approaching the tent where the CM were "selling" the bricks, we saw a family of 4, with the "kids" in their late teens.  The husband looked very angry and there were 2 CMs talking to him and then leading him and his loved ones back to the MK entrance.  Being a nosey sort  :depp:  I asked the remaining CM what was going on.  It seems the upset man claimed to have purchased a brick during a prior visit and could not find it.  He stated that his family's whole vacation was "ruined" by this fact!  Now, the CM had gone through there computer listings and there was never a brick bought by this man on record, nor did the man have his "proof a purchase" mock up with him.  The CMs had offered to have a "new" brick made for him, even though it was obvious that he hadn't purchased one before, but that didn't appease him!!  He kept screaming that his vacation was ruined!  So, higher authorities were called (the 2 CMs we saw initially with the family) to deal with the situation.  

Wow!  Good story huh?  But it gets better!!   :depp:

We were filling out the forms for our brick, when another CM came down to the tent.  Seems the angry family were demanding to have a free 7 night vacation to replace this one that was "ruined", and ......are you ready for this.......were on their current 7 night GF vacation, with all the bells a whistles included, on the house (free) because something happened to "ruin" their prior vacation in WDW!!!!!  I just wish I knew what happened when that was discovered!!  Ah, to have been a fly on the wall!!

Posted by: SGault71 on Aug. 20, 2003 12:44 am/pm

I enjoyed that story, and it kind of reminded me of another one that I read in the paper a few years back.  There was this lady (I think it was a lady) who claimed she got hurt by one of the bricks from the castle.  She sued Disney, and they let her take it to court.  The reason for that is because the castle really isn't made out of block where she said she got hurt, it is made out of fiberglass.  They let her waste her money on court costs, attorney fees, etc. because she was trying to pull off a scam.  If anyone still has that article, it would be a good article to share with this board.  Have a great day everyone!!!


Sue




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Posted by: utilidor27 on Sep. 02, 2003 10:57 am/pm

Hey guys, sorry I have been out of the loop but it is a loong story. However, to add to this thread, this labor day weekend I donned my suntan lotion and sunglasses :coolgrin: and cruised over to the Magic Kingdom for the weekend. And Labor day weekend at the M.K. brings out lots of funny stories! :laugh: So here goes:
First of all, a word of warning. Should you wear your Disney Fantasears nametag, people will assume you know everything about the magic kingdom - and they will ask! Such as:
Does this monorail run to EPCOT?
Can you tell me where the nearest restroom is?
When does Mickey Phil. open?
and the kicker was when this wonderful lady who had to be no less than 8 1/2 months pregnant asked me if I thought it would be okay for her to ride the Astro Orbiter. I am afraid I had to tell her to ask a cast member, because I was too busy trying to figure out what she was doing at WDW on a hot summer day in the first place. Of course this was Labor day weekend! :idea: (thank you, thank you)
I knew I would see lots of people renting strollers for older kids, that is normal for Disney, however this time around I know I saw at least 5 pre-teen children in the double ones, along with a couple kids using wheelchairs for transportation. And people wonder why they have to have so many!
Spotted: Elderly lady plowing over curb, people, and nearly running into merch. stand with her rented Electric Cart. Just kept right on going, get out of the way!! :o
New World Record: Gentleman racing stroller up the handicapped ramp in Frontierland for the train station before a cast member could catch up with him to tell him to stop and carry it up the steps. Guess he thought there wasn't going to be any more trains! :coonskin:
Poor Dwarf: Dwarf in Spectromagic parade reached down to shake my three - year old's hand and promptly got his nose grabbed  and pulled. What a story he had to tell Snow White.
And finally,
Flown away: all the money I had set aside for one day at the parks :dollar: By the time I got settled in the car and figured out the bill for the day: :hurt: oh, my aching head........... :mickey:

Posted by: irishone1979 on Sep. 03, 2003 11:51 am/pm

I have a story, but it is nothing like the other ones that have been told here.

While my husband and I were on our honeymoon at Disney, I had on the Minnie Mouse bride headband (got it at Disney Land before we went to Disney world :) )  Anyway, he couldn't wear the top hat because his head was too big.  Well, by the end of the honeymoon my husband wrote on a plain white shirt, "One Size Does not fit all" so that people would stop bugging him about not wearing the hat.

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 03, 2003 4:30 am/pm



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by the end of the honeymoon my husband wrote on a plain white shirt, "One Size Does not fit all" so that people would stop bugging him about not wearing the hat.
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Posted by: mickeyvw98 on Oct. 14, 2003 9:55 am/pm

irishone1979 - If it makes you feel better. We just got back from our honeymoon in Disney (Sept. 15 - 20) and my husband's hat didn't fit either. He instead used a Mickey flag baseball cap.  :D Some of the cast members picked on him too. But when we went to Fantasmic! the CM that picked on him (along with the Yankees shirt) moved us into the reserved area!! We had an awesome view of the show!!! I'll have to mention what your husband did, my husband will get a kick out of it! :bowdown:  :clapping:
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