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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    My story happened this past Saturday. My friends and I were at the coloring section of Viva Navidad in California Adventure. I was living in the moment because I had been looking forward to visiting Viva Navidad ever since it was announced. Anyways, I was busy coloring my crown and I could keep hearing my friends giggling and laughing. I was a little suspicious, but I figured that they were just having a good time like I was.

    After about 5 minutes, I began to get really suspicious but had NO idea what they could possibly be finding so funny. I finally felt a poke on my back. this then caused my friends to explode with laughter. it turns out, a cast member was putting little jewel/crystal stickers on my back the entire time! I was so embarrassed at the initial moment, but then I couldn't help laughing.

    That was the moment my friends and I realized how much we want to be cast members. We always hear about the "bad" things of working for the Mouse, but after spending an hour with the Viva Navidad Cast members, we've never been more excited to work at Disneyland!
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    And THAT, fellow MCers, is what Disneyland is all about. And why we love it so.

    "Grab your coat and get your hat
    Leave your worries at the Main Gate
    Life can be so sweet
    On the DISNEY side of the street.

    If I never had a cent
    I'd be rich as Rockefeller
    Pixie dust at my feet
    On the DISNEY side of the street."
    Yes, I think this was the point where, after years of thinking this, I just KNEW no one would ever understood why Disneyland and Disney as a whole means so much to me.

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    Nice story!
    I can't even remember how that all went for us - it was a long time ago!
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    My story happened this past Saturday. My friends and I were at the coloring section of Viva Navidad in California Adventure. I was living in the moment because I had been looking forward to visiting Viva Navidad ever since it was announced. Anyways, I was busy coloring my crown and I could keep hearing my friends giggling and laughing. I was a little suspicious, but I figured that they were just having a good time like I was.

    After about 5 minutes, I began to get really suspicious but had NO idea what they could possibly be finding so funny. I finally felt a poke on my back. this then caused my friends to explode with laughter. it turns out, a cast member was putting little jewel/crystal stickers on my back the entire time! I was so embarrassed at the initial moment, but then I couldn't help laughing.

    That was the moment my friends and I realized how much we want to be cast members. We always hear about the "bad" things of working for the Mouse, but after spending an hour with the Viva Navidad Cast members, we've never been more excited to work at Disneyland!
    I hear so many "bad" stories, but you can tell there are really great Cast Members out there and they're such a pleasure to find.

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    My daughter & I were at Disneyland last fall and Splash mountain was having a rough week. We tried to ride various times that week and only made it about three times. Twice we had fast passes and then it broke down. One time we managed to get on and we had to be evacuated off the ride from just before the first drop. The last time we waited over an hour and we were next in line and it broke down again. We live in Vancouver so don't get to Disneyland to often. My daughter was crushed and told the CM that this ruined her whole trip. The CM told us to come back later after we waited over an hour for the ride to start again. He told us to come back and ask for him. We did return and asked for him and he gave us a log t ourselves and a coupon for a free picture. He really did care.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaStitch View Post
    Over the summer, my sister and I were in the bathroom across from the exit of Space Mountain. Suddenly Belle comes out of the handicapped stall. She was in her gold ballgown, full makeup, and hair done. We watched her walk over, wash her hands and then exit out the door. In full character the entire time. We at first thought it was a guest who had changed into the outfit in the bathroom, but about 20 min later we came face to face with the same Belle at the meet and greet. There was no doubt it was the exact same person. Weirdest experience with a character we have ever had.

    That is weird! You would think that they would have bathrooms backstage for the characters? LOL

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    File this one under ugly.

    It was evening time, and we wanted to take a breather. So we decided to hop in line for the DLRR and the NOS station. All was fine and dandy as we walked up the stairs, there were about 30 people waiting at the station. The bell rang as the train pulled in and the anticipation of a relaxing grand tour was building. The train unloaded quickly and soon enough the line to board was moving forward. Everything was fine and then all of a sudden the line stopped. Followed by a collective "ohhhhno" with a few "ewwww's". Turns out a little girl around the age of 5-7 was tossing her cookies right before she was about to board the train.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by moregumboplease View Post
    File this one under ugly.

    It was evening time, and we wanted to take a breather. So we decided to hop in line for the DLRR and the NOS station. All was fine and dandy as we walked up the stairs, there were about 30 people waiting at the station. The bell rang as the train pulled in and the anticipation of a relaxing grand tour was building. The train unloaded quickly and soon enough the line to board was moving forward. Everything was fine and then all of a sudden the line stopped. Followed by a collective "ohhhhno" with a few "ewwww's". Turns out a little girl around the age of 5-7 was tossing her cookies right before she was about to board the train.
    aww poor girl
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    I have some interesting, yet disturbing stories from DL.

    Around 98-99 I was about 6 or 7 years old, I remember going with my older brother to use the restrooms at the Adventureland entrance. I waited for a stall to open up, and while waiting, a 35-40 year old, overweight, man with glasses walks in the restroom and starts making noises. When the stall near to me opens up I enter it and close the door. Within seconds, I hear someone pounding on the stall door loud and making noises. I was scared but heard my brother say "let him in". I open the door, and was horrified to see this man standing there with his pants pulled down, in his briefs standing there screaming. I instantly walked out of the way and he went in and used the stall. He most of had some sort of mental illness, I had never seen anything like that before.

    In 2003 or 2004 (I was either 11 or 12, but looked like I was 9), I went to visit DCA with some relatives who were visiting from out of state. We were at the Burger place at the entrance to Condor Flats eating dinner and I had to use the restroom. I went to the nearest restroom was using the urinal and was minding my own business. All of the sudden I hear someone say "Yo man you got to let it flow" to me. I look next to me to see some white guy in his late 20's was dressed like he was some kind of thug, wearing clothing popular for the time, he was dressed like Eminem in baggie clothes and a sports jersey. He was using the urinal next to me and was looking directly at my "private" area. I was weirded out a little bit but just nodded, finished up and then left. Had I known that what this guy did was completely wrong and illegal I would have reported it or told one of my family members, I'm sure security would have nabbed him in a flash. It didn't scar me or anything, I just thought it was strange. It wasn't until I was older that I realized the guy was a pedophile, violated my rights, and should have been locked up.

    In Summer 2006 my older sister and her boyfriend had annual passes and gave me money to get a ticket since it was crowded outside and they wanted to go in the park since they hadn't eaten anything yet. I wait something like 30 minutes in this long winding line in 100 something degree weather, with no shade. All of the sudden, a man just 3 or 4 places ahead of my in line, loses consciousness and hits the pavement. Some blood was coming out of the back of his head. People gave him room and someone else in line asked if anyone had a jacket, and someone gave one to him, they used it to prop the guys head up while he laid there. Someone tried giving him some water and after 2 minutes or so he regained consciousness. Security showed up a few minutes afterwards and took him away in a golf cart to get treated. I was shocked by the whole thing and later on regretted not trying to help the guy but I really had no idea what to do I was just a 15 year old kid. It was another 15 minutes before I got my ticket and needless to say, the park itself was packed.

    I recall in Winter 2006 going with my sister and her boyfriend again, we went on December 26. They assumed no one would be there since it was the day after Christmas. Of course they were wrong. The park was more packed than I had ever seen it before or since. We happened to be right next to Small World and the lights around the area darkened as a projected 5 minute holiday show was on the building. For some reason tons and tons of people mobbed the area to see this, maybe they thought it was an actual full fledged show. When it ends, the area is just packed with people like I had never seen in any theme park before. After the show ends everyone just stands around a while and Cast Members came out of nowhere with the most confused looks on their faces. The crowd is barely moving at all since the mob is so massive. It didn't take long for Cast Member's to put up some rope and start using flashlights to try and move people along. It still took 20 minutes or more just to get out of that area. That was the dumbest thing I had ever seen and I recall my sister's boyfriend repeatedly saying "this is so stupid".

    Once when I was on Splash Mountain maybe 6 years ago with family, we got stuck at the area where Brer Rabbit is on the handrail mine car (towards the beginning of the inside area). The audio for the ride went off but the animatronics were still moving and you could hear the movements of the motors (it was pretty creepy). We were there for 15 minutes (watching Brer rabbit moving backwards and forwards in that cart many times), before a Cast Member came to escort us off. We had to walk directly through quite a few scenes of the ride on the edge with barely any room between us and the water. I remember specifically touching a Donkey (or maybe it was a mule) animatronic with my hand and feeling that it was disgusting and slimy (must be all the moisture). After a minute or two of walking through some scenes of the ride we went through a secret exit and were on the outside of the park in an employee only area and had to descend a bunch of stairs. It was crazy how plain looking it all was, the other side of Critter Country isn't themed at all and you get to see how what's really shown in Disneyland is half of a facade.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by moregumboplease View Post
    File this one under ugly.

    It was evening time, and we wanted to take a breather. So we decided to hop in line for the DLRR and the NOS station. All was fine and dandy as we walked up the stairs, there were about 30 people waiting at the station. The bell rang as the train pulled in and the anticipation of a relaxing grand tour was building. The train unloaded quickly and soon enough the line to board was moving forward. Everything was fine and then all of a sudden the line stopped. Followed by a collective "ohhhhno" with a few "ewwww's". Turns out a little girl around the age of 5-7 was tossing her cookies right before she was about to board the train.

    Oh, that would be filed under ugly! LOL

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nesboy43 View Post
    I have some interesting, yet disturbing stories from DL.

    Around 98-99 I was about 6 or 7 years old, I remember going with my older brother to use the restrooms at the Adventureland entrance. I waited for a stall to open up, and while waiting, a 35-40 year old, overweight, man with glasses walks in the restroom and starts making noises. When the stall near to me opens up I enter it and close the door. Within seconds, I hear someone pounding on the stall door loud and making noises. I was scared but heard my brother say "let him in". I open the door, and was horrified to see this man standing there with his pants pulled down, in his briefs standing there screaming. I instantly walked out of the way and he went in and used the stall. He most of had some sort of mental illness, I had never seen anything like that before.

    In 2003 or 2004 (I was either 11 or 12, but looked like I was 9), I went to visit DCA with some relatives who were visiting from out of state. We were at the Burger place at the entrance to Condor Flats eating dinner and I had to use the restroom. I went to the nearest restroom was using the urinal and was minding my own business. All of the sudden I hear someone say "Yo man you got to let it flow" to me. I look next to me to see some white guy in his late 20's was dressed like he was some kind of thug, wearing clothing popular for the time, he was dressed like Eminem in baggie clothes and a sports jersey. He was using the urinal next to me and was looking directly at my "private" area. I was weirded out a little bit but just nodded, finished up and then left. Had I known that what this guy did was completely wrong and illegal I would have reported it or told one of my family members, I'm sure security would have nabbed him in a flash. It didn't scar me or anything, I just thought it was strange. It wasn't until I was older that I realized the guy was a pedophile, violated my rights, and should have been locked up.

    In Summer 2006 my older sister and her boyfriend had annual passes and gave me money to get a ticket since it was crowded outside and they wanted to go in the park since they hadn't eaten anything yet. I wait something like 30 minutes in this long winding line in 100 something degree weather, with no shade. All of the sudden, a man just 3 or 4 places ahead of my in line, loses consciousness and hits the pavement. Some blood was coming out of the back of his head. People gave him room and someone else in line asked if anyone had a jacket, and someone gave one to him, they used it to prop the guys head up while he laid there. Someone tried giving him some water and after 2 minutes or so he regained consciousness. Security showed up a few minutes afterwards and took him away in a golf cart to get treated. I was shocked by the whole thing and later on regretted not trying to help the guy but I really had no idea what to do I was just a 15 year old kid. It was another 15 minutes before I got my ticket and needless to say, the park itself was packed.

    I recall in Winter 2006 going with my sister and her boyfriend again, we went on December 26. They assumed no one would be there since it was the day after Christmas. Of course they were wrong. The park was more packed than I had ever seen it before or since. We happened to be right next to Small World and the lights around the area darkened as a projected 5 minute holiday show was on the building. For some reason tons and tons of people mobbed the area to see this, maybe they thought it was an actual full fledged show. When it ends, the area is just packed with people like I had never seen in any theme park before. After the show ends everyone just stands around a while and Cast Members came out of nowhere with the most confused looks on their faces. The crowd is barely moving at all since the mob is so massive. It didn't take long for Cast Member's to put up some rope and start using flashlights to try and move people along. It still took 20 minutes or more just to get out of that area. That was the dumbest thing I had ever seen and I recall my sister's boyfriend repeatedly saying "this is so stupid".

    Once when I was on Splash Mountain maybe 6 years ago with family, we got stuck at the area where Brer Rabbit is on the handrail mine car (towards the beginning of the inside area). The audio for the ride went off but the animatronics were still moving and you could hear the movements of the motors (it was pretty creepy). We were there for 15 minutes (watching Brer rabbit moving backwards and forwards in that cart many times), before a Cast Member came to escort us off. We had to walk directly through quite a few scenes of the ride on the edge with barely any room between us and the water. I remember specifically touching a Donkey (or maybe it was a mule) animatronic with my hand and feeling that it was disgusting and slimy (must be all the moisture). After a minute or two of walking through some scenes of the ride we went through a secret exit and were on the outside of the park in an employee only area and had to descend a bunch of stairs. It was crazy how plain looking it all was, the other side of Critter Country isn't themed at all and you get to see how what's really shown in Disneyland is half of a facade.
    I feel really bad for you after reading these.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by Samval View Post
    My daughter & I were at Disneyland last fall and Splash mountain was having a rough week. We tried to ride various times that week and only made it about three times. Twice we had fast passes and then it broke down. One time we managed to get on and we had to be evacuated off the ride from just before the first drop. The last time we waited over an hour and we were next in line and it broke down again. We live in Vancouver so don't get to Disneyland to often. My daughter was crushed and told the CM that this ruined her whole trip. The CM told us to come back later after we waited over an hour for the ride to start again. He told us to come back and ask for him. We did return and asked for him and he gave us a log t ourselves and a coupon for a free picture. He really did care.

    I would have been so sad, too! I can't imagine trying to ride that many times and it breaking down again and again! That was so nice of the CM to do that! Man, having the whole log to yourselves... awesome!!

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by CinderellaGirl View Post

    That is weird! You would think that they would have bathrooms backstage for the characters? LOL
    Wow, that actually is a big no-no. Cast Members are never allowed to use the onstage bathrooms. There are plenty of bathrooms backstage. I'm shocked to hear that she did this. She definitely could get written up and possibly terminated for doing that.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    One from the "I don't get people" file:

    I'm on Radiator Springs Racers. It's a clear, beautiful night and the stars are out. The stars, the night sky and the illuminated mountains are gorgeous.

    The guy next to me is on Facebook. How do I know? It's all but shining in my face.

    We go around to the waterfall. Everyone oohs and aahs...except Mr. Facebook.

    We go into the mountain. He's still tapping away (how does he have
    reception?!). He finally, finally put the darn phone away when the car sped up, and that was probably because he was worried about dropping it (he said as much to his companion). In the race photo I couldn't help but notice (since he was right next to me) that he was rolling his eyes and looked completely angry and bored.

    Maybe there was something going on with him that I didn't know about...but the impression I had was that he was going on the ride, but just didn't care. If you're that indifferent to the ride, why go? And if you're going just to humor a friend, why not at least try to be polite, or close your eyes, or something?! Sheesh.

    *****
    And now a fun one: at one of the Halloween parties, my friend and I attended dressed as Merida and Katniss Everdeen. We went to see Merida and all three of us took a photo pretending to shoot our arrows. As we left, the photographer cheerfully said "may the odds be ever in your favor!" LOL.

    Another fun (and short) character one: last Bats Day, I said hello to BVS Mickey. He made his fingers into fangs and then flapped his arms like a bat.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    When my daughter and I were there for our annual holiday trip, we made friends with a CM in the Gallery. After several visits, he brought out a couple of pins; they were from a promotion where CMs gave out pins to guests who did something "magical." He asked us to find another guest doing something cool, and give them the pin with an explanation. That evening, we were in Carsland taking photos of the lights, when I heard a girl tell her friend not to walk in front of me, as I was taking a picture (of course, I never expect a person-free photo, but it was very cool of her to notice!). So I caught up with her, gave her the pin, and explained. She gave me a big hug and said it was the neatest thing that ever happened to her at DL. "That's why it's the Happiest Place on Earth!" Totally made my day.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Fun one from 1980: I was going to the park with a few friends and the weather man said it would rain. So we picked up a few umbrellas before getting to the park. We were some of the only people prepared for the day and enjoyed walking in the rain between attractions. A few attractions were closed but we knew the weather would brighten up later in the day.

    Anyway, We came out of Space Mountain and the rain was steady. About 20 people were under cover waiting for the cloud to pass. Not us, we walked right into it the rain and popped the button on our auto-umbrellas. But my umbrella had other plans. When I hit the button the umbrella popped open then kept going. It then caught the wind and took off like Mary Poppins. I was standing in the rain with the handle and about 16 inches of aluminum tubing.

    My friends and all the people under cover started to laugh. What could I do? I faced the crowd, took a bow and followed my friends. I was wet but happy. I remember that moment ever time I use one of those small umbrellas.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    I had a similar experience to something Malina said. I just came back from a trip to DL this past weekend. I was at RSR (single rider line) and ended up getting the third seat next to two teenager girls. They'd been waiting in the stand-by line (50 minute wait at the time). The girl in the middle proceeded to be on her phone throughout the entire ride. She was just scanning through photo albums looking at photos. That's it! Through the entire beginning (it was a gorgeous sunny day) and inside the mountain (very annoying as her screen lit up the car), she was scanning through photo albums. When we got to the race part, she stopped looking at it, but continued to hold it in her hand and grip it hard as we starting revving faster.

    .....I don't get this? Why would someone wait 50+ minutes in line to then completely ignore the ride while on it? What is the point of going to the park at all if you aren't going to pay attention to it?

    I got a small amount of enjoyment over the fact that her Minnie ears almost flew off during the race part. She barely grabbed them (with the hand not holding the phone, of course!) before they flew out of the car

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