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Topic: Funny/Interesting Stories!, Also Looking for former Main St. Ops CMs< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: July 14, 2003 11:18 am/pm Quote

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:

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Posted: July 14, 2003 11:28 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Eric / utilidor27

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


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Posted: July 15, 2003 2:17 am/pm Quote

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"?


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Posted: July 15, 2003 8:12 am/pm Quote

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...


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Posted: July 15, 2003 11:21 am/pm Quote

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:


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Posted: July 16, 2003 12:30 am/pm Quote

Great story!
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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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Posted: July 16, 2003 2:56 am/pm Quote

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?


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Posted: July 16, 2003 6:38 am/pm Quote

Gee, I hope so! I hear crickets.
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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?
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Posted: July 17, 2003 2:52 am/pm Quote

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?


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Posted: July 17, 2003 3:41 am/pm Quote

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!

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