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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 18, 2003 9:02 am/pm Quote

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.)
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Posted: July 18, 2003 9:08 am/pm Quote

Quote (utilidor27 @ July 18, 2003 1:33 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?

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


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Posted: July 19, 2003 12:49 am/pm Quote

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"
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Posted: July 19, 2003 12:58 am/pm Quote

...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.


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Posted: July 19, 2003 1:35 am/pm Quote

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!

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Posted: July 19, 2003 2:06 am/pm Quote

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:

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Posted: July 20, 2003 11:20 am/pm Quote

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!


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Posted: July 21, 2003 12:07 am/pm Quote

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?


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Posted: July 21, 2003 3:17 am/pm Quote

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:


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Posted: July 21, 2003 9:00 am/pm Quote

Quote (RichKoster @ July 21, 2003 12:07 am/pm)
It is quite common to have DL Guests taken out of a broken-down monorail on ladders.
:Oo:

How do they do this with children and/or someone who's handicapped?

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