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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    Quote Originally Posted by dramaqueen
    I was 13 the first time I went backstage for MMD and honestly, it didn't ruin the magic for me at all- just inflamed my morbid curiosity. Seeing what goes on back there made me want to work there, which I eventually did.

    I was fascinated by seeing things our of place, experiencing what it takes to make such a perfect and magical world. I was under no illusions that it would be a magical place, I never expected it to be.
    This is how I felt as well. It's not all that exciting, but it is super interesting.

    I do know someone who worked at the park for one day and then quit because knowing how everything operated ruined it for him. Or so he says...
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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    I know that Disney World has very strict rules about "character sensitive" backstage areas... when there are guest in these areas (ie: bands; alpha units; VIPs) Characters are not to go out until their back to back is in and they are fully costumed, no questions... unless you get a really bitchy Full Time CM that has lost their Pixie Dust and throws a fit about how shouldnt have to be full costumed... SHUT UP AND MAKE SOME MAGIC!!! haha

    If anything, you should look at this experience and realize how much the Characters go thru to keep the Magic alive... i personally am all about the magic and always walk out of break room in full costume, even somtimes when i came in at the end of the day... CMs like the attention too, especially the LADIES!!! haha BLOW THEM KISSES!!!

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    There are two types of people in this world: those who are disappointed by backstage, and those who are fascinated by it. I'm of the second type.

    I'm not a CM (yet?), but I've done Magic Music Days on several occasions. I found the experience bizarre, but I didn't feel at all disillusioned afterwards. (I should point out I didn't see any characters back there, though.) I would actually be eager to do it again if the chance came up, now that I know more about the backstage areas. Back then, for instance, I didn't realize that the huge "warehouse" we had to circumnavigate was actually the IASW show building.

    I'm sorry you feel disappointed by backstage, FantasyForever. I can definitely understand where you're coming from. But try to just look at it as the other side of Disneyland.

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    Some of the most magical memories I have were formed backstage...

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    When I was backstage in about 2000 I was depressed by all the rubbish and clutter thrown around, there were also alot of rusty old bicycles. Backstage is where Disneyland Really shows its age.

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    I prefer the guest performers do their thing at the new park.

    These bands from local high schools and colleges should be featured in Disney's California Adventure. The performers relate better to the subject matter of D.C.A., and they would also be spared some of the unsightliness of Disneyland's backstage.

    Besides, the main reason Disney has Magic Music Days is to increase visitation by school groups and their attendant friends and family members. The new park needs this additional business more than Disneyland does.
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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    I have gone beackstage at least 1-3 times a year for the past five years for various DMMD trips. I have never seen any characters there all of the times I went, so as far as I can tell, some sort of "secrecy rule" is being upheld. I like seeing the floats resting in the wherehouse behind Toontown when I go and the various ride vehicles being stored and/or worked on right behind the recording studio building.

    I'll be going in January with my marching band again, and I'm exctited to see the parade wherehouse again; it's the first time I'm going backstage since POD premiered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist
    I prefer the guest performers do their thing at the new park.

    These bands from local high schools and colleges should be featured in Disney's California Adventure. The performers relate better to the subject matter of D.C.A., and they would also be spared some of the unsightliness of Disneyland's backstage.

    Besides, the main reason Disney has Magic Music Days is to increase visitation by school groups and their attendant friends and family members. The new park needs this additional business more than Disneyland does.
    Great idea!

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    When I first became a CM, everyone kept telling me that the "magic" would be ruin when I saw the reality of DL backstage.

    But, like Datameister, I am fascinated by it all. I still love what happens on stage, but I also still love to see how it all comes together. The Magic is still there for me, even after seeing all the character heads lined up in costuming.

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    When I was at WDW, we were escorted along w/ other people behind the main street shops after a parade to clear the area. It smells....really bad
    There were so many guests walking to the monorail/boat and i saw characters without heads. It was very wierd.

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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    Quote Originally Posted by cellarhound
    Well, yes...

    I have directed former costumed theme characters, many of which are still good friends of mine...

    Just knowing who they are and what they played is enough for me...



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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

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    I see the Reno Arch in the background of your picture. Are you a resident or just visiting?
    I didn't take the picture... I believe this was taken enroute to Burning Man...
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    Re: Ugh backstage at Disneyland is Depressing.

    Were you guys expecting the backstage to be a fairytale land where the true magic lives? Did you expect Alice to still be Alice backstage even thought she is not onstage? It's backstage! Who said they had to make it look good for the Guests because Guests don't go backstage, it doesn't matter what it look like. I mean, it's not like Guest go back there all the time.

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