I do not know how many cast members are actually in this board but I thought I would put this in here anyway!
I would like to congragulate all of you on your hard work and 'magic' skills. I have been reading these boards for quite some time and I am fed up with everyone getting upset over things like the backside of a mountain or a bad ride.
I worked at Disneyland last summer and it was then and there I realized that for most cast members this is your job. For me it was a Dream Come True, but for most it is what pays the bills or feeds the family. After getting that perspective I have been so appaulled by people who, out of ignorance, complain about the parks -- you know bad rides, bad shows, bad 50th celebrations, bad changes to rides, etc when there is a whole 'nother world that needs attention.
I just wanted to say thank you to all the current/former CM's who have put up with low wages, strict attendance guidelines coupled with an Automatic Scheduling system that doesn't take your personal life into consideration.
You are all genuinely awesome people who I wish had better benefits and compensation.
I think we all over-look the cast member and just focus on how something ruined the magic, when in actuallity it is you, the cast member who makes each and every one of those visists special and magical for each and every guest.
Thank you oh so much for what you do for Disney Parks around the world!