Free Cake in My Purse – Cast Member Stories from Walt Disney World

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Published on January 05, 2014 at 2:00 am with 7 Comments

Welcome to 2014! We have a couple of new stories for you today in a post we like to call “Free Cake in My Purse.” People like free stuff and will do just about anything to get it and if they don’t you will know about it. Enjoy the latest from the Disney Cast Blast!

Happy Birthday…NOW GIVE ME MY FREE STUFF!

I worked in outdoor foods in the mid to late 1980′s in Mickey’s Birthdayland. We had a cart that sold small birthday themed cakes like cupcakes. From what I can remember, the cakes were $2.95 or more, but that was many years ago. The cart was located right outside the main tent where there was a show that featured Mickey popping out of a cake with streamers and confetti. The tent smelled like birthday cake and it was neat for a “temporary” show.

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As the crowds exited the main tent after one show, a lady approached me explaining how much she enjoyed meeting Mickey at the birthday party. She then requested a cake that was on display. I gave her the total for her order and she said “Oh, I do not want a drink I just want the cake.” I smiled and told her that the price I quoted was for the cake. She was shocked by how we could invite her to Mickey’s Birthday Party and not give her a piece of cake.

She then said something that I would never forget. “I paid to get in here to see a mouse and ended up being stood up by a rat!” She then walked off and I put the cake back in the case.

Got Your Purse?

It was about 45 minutes before closing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and I was working the guest relations window.  A younger couple approached the window and explained that they had left his girlfriends purse at the camera shop right inside the park. I told them that I would let them in to go to the shop to get the purse. Normally I would have only allowed one of them in but it was a ghost town and not that big of a deal. I told them to go to the turnstile and ask the main entrance Cast Member to look over and I would wave them in since I was by myself and unable to walk them in.

** NOTE – At Walt Disney World, Guest Relations Cast Members have the ability to walk guests in for justifiable reasons.

They walked to the other end of the turnstiles and spoke with the Cast Member who then looked over at me for the signal and I waved to go ahead and let them in. At this time a security Cast Member came to the window, as they usually did in the evenings, and I explained what was going on with the couple. Not because I did not trust them, but because there was nothing else to talk about.

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The two guests entered the park and I watched them as they walked past cash control, then strollers and wheelchairs and then the camera shop. What? Wait. They were supposed to go to the camera shop to get the purse. I stood up and witnessed them walk about a dozen steps past the camera shop and give each other a high five as they continued to walk into the Oasis.

I jumped up and told the security Cast Member to come with me and we ran out through the front and met them halfway through the Oasis. I asked them if they got the purse OK and they looked at each other like deer in headlights. I then said “Now that you have your belongings we can help you find the exit as we agreed upon.” Security walked them out of the park. No ticket. No purse. No sneaking in the park.

 Quick Complaints

A man once complained that a piece of rock fell from the ceiling of the “cave” and hit him on the forehead in Pirates of the Caribbean.

A guest complained at Spaceship Earth that something was burning and on fire. The Cast Member asked if they actually saw flames. The guest said no but could smell the smoke. Before the Cast Member sprang into action he asked if the guests remembered about where in the ride he could smell the smoke. He said he only smelled it around the area where Rome was burning.

Quick Compliments

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A man came into Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guest Relations when the park first opened. He wanted to leave a compliment based on the float units in “Festival of the Lion King” and how they were much improved over the Lion King floats used in the “Lion King” parade previously at Disneyland. (The same floats were used for both)

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  1. Thank you for giving me a few moments in your moccasins this morning, CMs. It is you who bring the magic to the bricks and mortar.

    Bringing back Mickey’s Birthdayland as a buffet-style character meal might be profitable! Buffet-style because, on one’s Birthday one can make special choices. But The mouse as a rat story feels either rehearsed on the part of the guest or apocryphal. Knowing how everything at Disney with a price is clearly marked, I think that lady just wanted to insult someone and chose my hero. There’s no way Roy would ever have let Mickey give away free cake on a daily basis. I can understand trying to sneak into the park like the one set of guests but I cannot understand insulting Mickey Mouse.

  2. Thanks for your reply. Your reply made us think about the story we posted and we would like to take responsibility and clarify our views.

    Disney Cast Blast does not condone anyone sneaking into any theme park, Disney or not, as that is theft. We want to make it clear that we do not support or recommend anyone trying to steal admission to any theme park.

    The post and personal story was not intended to focus on how to illegally gain admission to a Disney theme park. Do not attempt to gain illegal admission.

    Glad you enjoy our posts and stories from Cast Members around the globe!

    - The Disney Cast Blast Team

    • I know that in Disneyland they will (or did) allow you to go into the park if you leave your drivers license at the retail stand in front. They also give you 20 minutes to claim what you needed to claim. Anything past that and you must purchase an entry ticket into the park. It’s possible they now do this with a credit card instead to ensure you return in a timely manner.

      Great read as always. Thanks.

    • Venality is a common human motivator. Bad People who Steal do it under opportunistic circumstances — anywhere. Members of the 1957 Mickey Mouse Club learned not to take other folks’ stuff. Even if you were to teach us new techniques to do bad stuff we wouldn’t want to do them.

      But insulting Mickey Mouse… You notice the Guest didn’t try insulting Donald Duck — he would have tripped her!

    • Venality is a common human motivator. Bad People who Steal do it under opportunistic circumstances — anywhere. Members of the 1957 Mickey Mouse Club learned not to take other folks’ stuff. Even if you were to teach us new techniques to do bad stuff we wouldn’t want to do them.

      But insulting Mickey Mouse… You notice the Guest didn’t try insulting Donald Duck — he would have tripped her!

      I always imagined the merchandise shrinkage rate would be a horrible number…

  3. This column has really given me a lot of giggles since it started on MiceAge. AND made me wonder if I’ve ever been the cause of some CM laughter in return. I have to admit that sometimes I act like a ‘Disney Dork’ when I’m in the Parks. But if I’ve given someone a giggle or a smile by acting like a kid or bubbling over with ‘teh happiez’, I’m good with that!

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