Cast Members see it all - probably a lot more often than you realize.
You’ve probably read some of the stories of the extreme and bizarre things that Cast Members will encounter from time to time. Put that many confused tourists together in one park, load them up on sugary treats, toss a few language barriers in and you’re sure to have some entertaining mishaps. While the really extreme things only happen once in awhile, there are several great and not-so-great occurrences that Cast Members run into fairly regularly. Here are the top best and worst things most Cast Members have to see.
1. A Smile on a Sick Child’s Face
Many families with Give Kids the World choose to come to Walt Disney World and Cast Members do everything they can to create a magical experience for the families. Sometimes it’s obvious that the children aren’t feeling too well on their visit, but you often get to see their faces light up despite what they’re going through thanks to something you were able to provide.
2. Small Children and Their Favorite Characters
Character meet and greets are the best when children are at that magical age where they truly believe that they’re meeting the iconic Mickey Mouse they saw just that morning in their favorite cartoons. With characters popping up regularly throughout the parks, you can witness these moments just about anywhere, whether it’s a little boy’s delight at spotting a couple storm troopers, or a girl meeting her favorite princess for the first time.
3. Your Own Favorite Characters in all their Glory
Some characters just do it right. I used to pass Captain Jack Sparrow in the tunnels on my way to work and when I saw him I always got to see the actual Jack Sparrow, with a flourish, bow, and “’ello love.” Sometimes the magic hangs on, even when you’re backstage. Moments like those make it easier to remember why all those hot sweaty guests are really there.
4. Guests Who Know What They’re Doing
It’s fine to have questions, really. But it’s so refreshing to encounter guests who’ve done a bit of research and have something intelligent to ask. We know what guests really mean when they ask “what time is the 3 o’clock parade,” but it’s still nice to hear it as “about what time does the 3 o’clock parade get to this point?”
5. Guests That Appreciate the Cast
Around the holidays we’ll occasionally get guests who have actually considered the fact that all those Cast Members who are helping them enjoy Christmas Day at Disney with their families aren’t themselves celebrating the holidays with their own spouses and kids. It doesn’t take much, but those “thank yous” from people who realize you gave up your own holiday for theirs make it much more worthwhile.