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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    I've heard of folks who will buy a few balloons and pass them out to nearby children. You could also "suspend" buy some goodies at a cart, telling the CM that the next X number of people get a churro (or whatever) on you.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    I've done the churro thing. I've given children pins I've had so they could trade. And I've done FP (last trip, I had 6 fastpasses from the AP hotel spring thing. They expired that day and we were headed to BTMRR preview. So, I was going to have someone in our party give them away. Then behind me I heard a mom telling her young son they couldn't ride RSR because the lines were too long. He hadn't been on it yet. I asked if they would like FPs, and she looked kinda wistful and said "There's 6 of us..." WOW, I had 6! Fate. Made that young boy have the biggest grin!!!!)
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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    I just try to stay positive no matter what, when people bump into me and say "sorry!" I try to make sure they know its all good and shoot them a smile, or likewise if I bump into someone I always apologize. We are at the happiest place on earth after all

    Also I pick up trash when I see it, I don't care what it is, pizza boxes, water bottles, I try to do my part to keep my second home as clean as possible
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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
    Thats just about the coolest thing I've ever heard.
    This was not an uncommon thing for exiting CMs to do actually.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    I enjoy helping others experience the magic of Disneyland.
    Examples: Last week at the Fantasy Faire they started letting guests in to the Belle show. I heard a little 4 year old Belle as she walked by with her mother ask, where is Belle? I told them that they needed to quickly go the the show and stay afterwards to meet her. They got in line but just as they got to the entrance they were turned away as the theater was full. They stood outside with har mother holding her up to see. I noticed that there were still two spaces in the middle of the back row. I chased down another Cast Member I knew, and explaned that Little Belle was heartbroken. She checked that the spaces were open. We then walked over to them and she tapped the mother on the sholder and escorted them into the show through the exit side.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    something i did on my lasttrip was a locker RAK (Random Act of Kindness). i use the message board onMouse Wait with the number of my locker and a hint to the passcode with a picof what is in the locker usually small themed items one day did mickey stuffanother day Nightmare Before Christmas stuff the next day glow in the dark andglow sticks just little things i pick up when i see them on sale at the end ofthe day i clean out the locker it’s fun and most of the time people are notgreedy and don’t clean it out so many people are shown the Disney love.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Only thing I can say I've done is, "back in the day", when A-E tickets were used, we gave a family waiting to get in, the tickets we had left.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Quote Originally Posted by mousedaddy View Post
    something i did on my lasttrip was a locker RAK (Random Act of Kindness). i use the message board onMouse Wait with the number of my locker and a hint to the passcode with a picof what is in the locker usually small themed items one day did mickey stuffanother day Nightmare Before Christmas stuff the next day glow in the dark andglow sticks just little things i pick up when i see them on sale at the end ofthe day i clean out the locker it’s fun and most of the time people are notgreedy and don’t clean it out so many people are shown the Disney love.
    That is such a fun idea!!

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    I took a few hours at the park one day last week and was sitting in Fantasyland eating an ice cream bar when this mother came up with her son who was in a wheelchair. It was one of those more customized, personalized wheelchairs so it wasn't like he was using it because he had a cast on for a broken leg or something.
    He was about seven years old, and just adorable. So positive, smiling, having the time of his life. And so well-behaved.
    I was tempted to grab him a little something out of the shop, but thought it might come off as weird. Here I am this dude giving a child a toy out of nowhere.
    He just seemed like this nice little kid and I wanted to do something for him to help make his day a little more special.
    I would certainly ask his/her parent before doing such a thing, but I still entertain the idea of just keeping something in my satchel and if I see a kid like that again giving him or her a little something.
    I wonder if that would be out of line.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    I haven't done anything all that elaborate. But just trying to be genuinely friendly with people. Holding open doors, cleaning my table after eating, that kind of stuff. I have gone out of my way to report an awesome cast member. Really just stuff we should all be doing every day everywhere.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Quote Originally Posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    Most I've done is pass along Fast Passes, take pictures, or just offer help.

    However, one of my next few trips I think I'm going to try something new. I have some leftover plastic tiaras from my baby shower (what?! My daughter is a PRINCESS!) that I'm thinking about bringing with me and passing out to little girls I stand next to in line or something.

    Would this weird any parents out? I only have two, I think, so it's not like I'd be handing them out to masses. Just if I happen to see a couple little girls needing a little extra magic.
    Kelly,

    It would probably be best to ask the parents first. Most wouldn't mind but woe be you to find the one that would. Still a really nice gesture that the little princesses would love.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Big D View Post
    My last day working there I arrived early and picked out four people waiting in line to buy tickets and signed them into the park for free.
    Pretty much about the coolest thing I have ever heard. I can't imagine what their reactions were like.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheriff Lightyear View Post
    Most I've done is given out fast passes as well. I would imagine that the best gesture would be to purchase annual passes for the ticket purchasers behind you, although that is on the most extreme end of the spectrum! I will probably buy beignets for whoever is behind me in line at New Orleans Square this coming April to step it up a notch from the fast pass giveaways!
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    Let me know when we should stand in line and I will take you up on your pass gesture.

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    Re: Best way to pay it forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Attic Haunt View Post
    I've heard of folks who will buy a few balloons and pass them out to nearby children. You could also "suspend" buy some goodies at a cart, telling the CM that the next X number of people get a churro (or whatever) on you.
    I don't remember his name, but I was there one day when some director came up to the balloon vendor and bought all 60 balloons and just started passing them out to all the kids that were around. It was a super cool thing to do, but balloon vendors don't have 60 Mickey balloon weights on them (maybe 20) at any one time, so he ended up having to wait for the vendor to call someone and have the extra weights delivered.
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