Oh, so many... one of my favorites was when I was in Merchandise at MK. I was in the Christmas shop in Liberty Square, doing the "Magical Moment." I picked a young girl to help me decorate the store's Christmas tree for the day. When I asked her, her face lit up. She had a blast decorating it with princess ornaments, and insisted that I be in the photo her mom took of her standing next to the tree.
"I don't need intelligent drugs because I don't know what they are. But I will put anything into my mouth that is given to me, whether it's supposed to go there or not. Because... I'm different."
The best experience I had is when I was rehired as a CM for Davy Crokett Merchatile in Frontierland. On this day, I was sent out to do parade duty for the Madi Gras Parade (1990). All CM's were instructed to get the children to get involved in the dance part at the end. I remember seeing a boy of about 4 that just stood there and cried at the end. I called off a parade CM that was going to him and took him by his hand. I was able to calm him down and found his father in no time since I remembered where these children came from. Just seeing his eyes lit up when he saw his father made it all worth while to do Parade Duty.
My greatest memories working at Disneyland have to come from the many conversations I had with Annual Passholders...they would always remember to say "hi" to me and share their stories...I love giving smiles and getting them back in return.
Mine is what inspired me to be a cast member. My brother has downs syndrome and loves most Disney characters. Several years ago we flew out to DL for a christmas vacation and had a blast. At one point, my whole family and I lined up along the main street parade route for the Christmas parade and once the parade started it was amazing. Every character and entertainer that saw my brother came over and danced with him, or hugged him or kissed him...it was AWESOME!
For the first time in his life, my brother was not different, he was special. That was when I decided I wanted to be a cast member, so I could make people feel the same way they made my brother feel that day.