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5 Inconvenient Things Disney Cast Members Deal With That You’ll Never See

4. Distant cafeterias

Each park has its own cafeteria, but only a few lucky locations are close enough to allow Cast Members to actually eat there on a regular basis. Regular hourly Cast Members have only half an hour for lunch, and even those who are a short walk from a hot meal will have to hustle to get their food, get back, and eat it before that time is up. For the most part, it’s usually easier to bring something from home than to rush through the meal for a chance to grab something good.

5. Last-minute schedule changes

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Cast Members who are cross trained at multiple locations in the same area face the unique inconvenience of occasionally getting pulled to a different location at the last minute. While scheduling will do their best to give you a friendly call early in the morning when this is going to happen, there are also times when you show up in full costume just to find out you have to turn around and put something else on.

If you’re at the Magic Kingdom and don’t have that costume with you, it means another round trip ride on the bus to go to costuming and get it. While a little schedule change can be a great thing if you’re going to a location you actually like better, it may go the other way as well.

There’s no question that donning a Disney costume has a certain magic of its own, but the same things that make working at Disney so unique can also present some unique challenges behind the scenes.

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Why didnt they mention the "Wonderful World of Doubles"? Those happen A LOT in the CA Disneyland Resort! lol
Want to ER? NOPE! You're working a Double today because another lazy bastard felt like calling out.

Or force extensions when the park hours have been extended.

already used to getting extended. That's not any news to me lol

That's news to me. I couldn't get hours no matter how hard I tried. Granted I worked 40+ hours during the holidays, but after New Years, they dropped me to 5 or 10 hours a week! I had to quit because of that. I told them I would be quitting due to no hours and casting did not care one bit.

I just realized what "Doubles" meant. But I can't cancel this post. I've worked ONE double shift at Wal-Mart and it was Hell.

"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DOUBLES!"

Backstage bicycles at Animal Kingdom were discontinued in late 2013 or early 2014. New construction, and cast members who could not follow the rules, made their use very unsafe.

What about the fact that employee rest rooms are few and far between, and located quite a hike away from where you might be working?

I was lucky to have my restrooms only a short walk from my attraction. Autopia at Disneyland. Restrooms were directly behind Innoventions.

My major gripe about working at Disneyland was employee parking. We parked in a massive employee lot that was blocks away from the mouse house. This lot had at least a dozen bus stops located throughout. If you were unfortunate enough to end up in the back of the lot, you had to board the bus and sit through every single stop. I would have to arrive about an hour early just to park. Somedays I would be backstage in ten minutes, other days it was a dead sprint to the attraction.

Eating at the cafe was not an option for me. Not because of how far it was, it was only a 3 minute walk from my attraction, but the pricing was ridiculous. They say you got a discount, but that discount was off of the regular super inflated Park prices. So in all reality, the employee food still cost just as much, if not more, than fast food.

Restrooms were a problem for me. I worked on Autopia, backstage was a short walk behind Innoventions, and it was directly behind said attraction that our break room was located.

It talks about the roads being closed during fireworks shows, but nothing about the car alarms that are set off every night.

Oh and its lovely when You work mornings, the lead calls out and you're another one with lead knowledge, so you get pulled to lead and all the way to closing. No matter though, Im a steward and dont have to deal with guest anyway lol

Oh and its lovely when You work mornings, the lead calls out and you're another one with lead knowledge, so you get pulled to lead and all the way to closing. No matter though, Im a steward and dont have to deal with guest anyway lol

We were never allowed to take out coustoms home, we had to return them at the end of each shift at the magic kingdom. Is that something new letting people take them home?

We were never allowed to take out coustoms home, we had to return them at the end of each shift at the magic kingdom. Is that something new letting people take them home?

I dont think that the character costumes could be taken home, but all other costumes can. There's 2 costuming departments at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim (one is for characters and the other is for work locations). The work location costumes can be taken home.

I dont think that the character costumes could be taken home, but all other costumes can. There's 2 costuming departments at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim (one is for characters and the other is for work locations). The work location costumes can be taken home.

It is totally inappropriate to have only a really small bottle of water available while working 4-5 hours without a break in the sun of Florida. On the other hand: if you drink more you have to go more often to the restrooms which you cannot do if you are on a station on your own...shitty system!

Actually, you can have a water bottle now. They provide them to you. They are clip on to your belt loops.

At WDW around 1999-2000, Costuming implemented "Cast Zooming" which allowed CMs to check out multiple costumes and take them home. At this time, they also took away "walk time" from the end of each shift.

Also all the "parts " that constitute our outfits: blouse, skirt, tie , name tag , pin lanyard , black socks, black shoes and carry a water bottle. If you are missing ANY part of this you can catch heck from the manager and get a "notation" on your record card.

Also all the "parts " that constitute our outfits: blouse, skirt, tie , name tag , pin lanyard , black socks, black shoes and carry a water bottle. If you are missing ANY part of this you can catch heck from the manager and get a "notation" on your record card.

I hate marathons at Disney world, Disney keeps adding more marathons every year..a lot of road closures during working hours causes traffic jam, cast members need to prepare more than usual time to get to work on time to avoid being late.. Why Disney likes to make cast members so inconvenient and don't think it's a problem???

It gets worse year after year it seems. The more the parks grow the more they make the cast members lives miserable. Forced to work days off sometimes 7 days a week or face getting points, reprimanded or even fired because you are trying to have a life outside the company. I have to check my schedule everyday and sometimes almost every few hours. Some of us drive for two hours to get to work then have to face these silly alternates routes or temp parking rules. I enjoy the job but they are making it hard to do it sometimes. It use to be fun but now it's become a job trying to do and get too the job. Sorry Mr. Mouse but the pixie dust has turned into a dark cloud.

So moderator... are you approving any more comments or is this dead?

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