Disneyland is one of the few places someone can work which will evoke almost polar opposite feelings at exactly the same time. Every morning, I would love going to work, yet every morning, I would hate it as well. I wonder why my brain hasn't exploded.
I would be remiss if I didn't wax eloquently about the Park before it opens, before the Guests come. So calm, so peaceful, so beautiful. This is far different from the Magic Morning crowd who see the Park with thousands of others. This is something you can only get when working there.
Then there is, of course, the smile and wonder on the faces of the Guests. The child who is so excited to meet Mickey Mouse for the first time. The enjoyment on the finely crafted rides.
And the pride of the Cast Members themselves. Now, I can't speak too much for the new hires. But definitely us Old Timers who have been around for a while will go to the ends of the Earth to make sure the Disney magic is still around.
Once upon a time, a child dropped his ice cream cone. I walked, on my break, from the Plaza to the far end of Fantasyland to get that child another ice cream. They didn't ask me. I just did it.
Or the time some child spilled some milk. The child went to clean it up, but a busser stopped her. The child said that she was supposed to clean it up. The busser replied, "Not at Disneyland."
These are Magic Memories and make Disneyland the greatest place to work in the world.
Problem is, there are reasons why Disneyland is the worst place in the world to work.
Why is it that almost every rude Guest identifies themselves as an APer?
Why is it that Management would rather kill its own grandmother before paying a CM a compliment?
Why are some of the worst CMs given the Spirit of Disney award? (Barbie, Don, you know who you are!) While some of the best are overlooked. (Dave, you deserved it for several years in a row.)
I could go on.
Behind the magic, Disney is a company. For those who want to keep the magic, best leave the curtain closed and stay on the Guest side of the berm. But for those who want to taste the magic, both the sweet drop as it hits your tongue as well as the sour taste it will leave behind, maybe a nametag is your destiny.
Anyone ever see those shots of Hollywood they show on television? Did you know that is almost a single strip? That, if they panned the camera to the left or the right just a little bit, you'd see some of the worst slums in the state? Disneyland is just like that. Ah, but there is magic in that one block! Beware, though, the slums.
Pearls of Wisdom - Your new credit limit is $1. Have a nice day.
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