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eastriverdriveII29 karma

How many people approximately does Disney employ in Florida?

sweetdickwilly6742 karma

On average, 75,000.

hellomygoodman-60 karma

How the fuck did you know that? I've worked at Universal for three years and I have no idea how you got that number. Seems like that was a Google search.

sweetdickwilly6723 karma

I asked the orientation leader in my Traditions class because I was curious, and that’s the answer she gave me.

EatAssAndSkateFast27 karma

You get free tickets?

sweetdickwilly6761 karma

I had a "Self Admission Pass" that could get me into the parks for free whenever I wanted. I also earned 3 guest passes for every 150 hours I worked.

Fenway_Refugee8 karma

That's how they do that nowadays? It used to be we could bring 3 guests with us any day, any time for free (except for special events).
Also, here's the obligatory "What time does the 12:00 Mickey's Main Street Parade start and where?"
(It's been almost 20 years so forgive me if I messed up the quote).

sweetdickwilly6717 karma

This just goes to show everyone how often Disney changes things up. It’s actually the 3 o clock parade now, but yes that’s still a question CM’s get a lot. The reason they changed the guest pass rule for interns is because there used to be people who would apply for the College Program for the sole purpose of getting free tickets. They would work for a couple weeks, use their guest passes to take their whole family on a free vacation, then quit. Because of this, Disney made a rule that CM’s have to work to earn their guest passes.

cobaltcollapse26 karma

Are there any stereotypes of people that play certain roles? Like, all Jasmine's are bitchy, or all Snow Whites are sweethearts?

sweetdickwilly6753 karma

I've met a lot of really sweet Rapunzels. Elsa is stuck up. Anna is also a sweetheart. Ariel is a mix. Tinker Bell is also really sweet. Oh and Tiana is always sassy and sarcastic and the very few Elena's that I met were such sweethearts and very friendly.

Imakecutebabies9124 karma

https://imgur.com/a/2voyv

Elena was so good with my daughter. She was weird around Cinderella but instantly was comfortable around Elena!

Also, we've met Mickey a few times. He can talk in other languages based off cues. Any idea how expensive that device is?

sweetdickwilly672 karma

That’s beautiful! I’m not sure about how expensive the equipment is.

DrunkWino26 karma

Is Vista Way still called Vista Lay?

sweetdickwilly6714 karma

Yes.

papervstomatogrenade18 karma

How aggressively do they update rides/walkways? Like from large scale rides to small details inside the park.

sweetdickwilly6735 karma

It depends on what you mean by "update". The attractions have repairs/renovations done to them at least once a year. Every attraction has an opening checklist to be completed every morning, and a closing checklist to be completed every night. The items on any checklist usually relate to safety and show (everything should look the way it's supposed to). If even one of the items on the opening checklist doesn't pass, the attraction won't open until it's fixed.

riptide74717 karma

My sister worked for the mouse and was treated horribly, especially when it came to housing where she was living with 4 people in a 2 bedroom apartment, how was your experience?

sweetdickwilly6727 karma

I had an amazing experience. Everyone seems to have a different experience when they come to work for Disney. It all depends on your perspective I guess. My experience with housing was pretty great, and I'm actually still friends with most of my roommates. I lived in two different apartment during my time there: the first was a 1 bedroom 3 person in Chatham Square, the next was also a 1 bedroom 3 person in Patterson Court. Which complex did your sister live in?

riptide74716 karma

Not sure, but the whole complex got covered in black mold and they refused to pay for hotel rooms while the rooms were being cleared and then refused to pay for the medical bills for the lung problems the mold caused.

sweetdickwilly6719 karma

That's awful. Yea I've heard a few horror stories like that from friends of mine.

Alberius16 karma

Have you ever seen someone do anything terrible to the food that worked there? If so, what happened?

sweetdickwilly6745 karma

I never did, actually. Disney is very strict about food safety. Coordinators/leaders are watching the kitchen at all times, and there are cameras everywhere. I once got in trouble for eating a single french fry in front of people.

coryrenton15 karma

If you had a season pass and were forced to spend a year there, how would you plan out your stay as a guest/prisoner at Disney World?

sweetdickwilly6717 karma

Annual passes only get me entry to the parks, so do I have any money to spend on food/resorts?

ilofty13 karma

You are a prisoner for a year, basic 3 meals a day, you can work to earn extra money but only Disney bucks and at a prisoner rate.

sweetdickwilly6713 karma

This would be the coolest thing ever because that means I could spend an entire year in Disney World and do whatever I want without consequences. I’d mess with people so much. Like I’d switch all the dolls in Small World around to all the wrong countries. I’d try to trick character performers into wearing mismatched costumes. I’d figure out how the interactive attractions work (Turtle Talk with Crush, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor) and use those to prank people. Stuff like that. As far as where I live, I’d probably figure out how to set up a permanent camp somewhere in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, since that’s the most I would be able to afford.

RitzyVagabond15 karma

Did your dreams come true?

sweetdickwilly6746 karma

Yes, all of them. Even the weird ones.

thesilentrebels15 karma

Did you serve alcohol there? Follow up, any funny stories of drunk parents and their embarrassed kids?

sweetdickwilly6755 karma

Duh. Actually, I worked in EPCOT, which most Disney cast members have nicknamed "the drunk park". EPCOT houses the world showcase (alcohol from every corner of the world, pretty much), and hosts the annual International Food & Wine Festival. I had to deal with drunk guests on a daily basis, and I have two pretty funny stories pertaining to drunk guests:

  1. I worked at a restaurant called the Electric Umbrella in EPCOT. One day, I was working at the counter, and a middle aged man came up and bought a can of bud light. I opened one and handed it too him, and he chugged the entire thing in front of me, then handed it back and asked me to throw it out. A few minutes later, he came back and did the same thing. This happened two more times, then about 30 minutes later, I looked across the restaurant and saw his wife (I assume) yelling at him in front of their kids.

  2. An extremely inebriated guest was trying to find Test Track. I spent 15 minutes (I counted) trying to explain to him that the ride he was looking for was right behind him.

jasperkota11 karma

How accurate is Swoozie's diaries of an ex disney employee stories on YouTube?

sweetdickwilly6720 karma

Mostly accurate. Keep in mind, he’s a storyteller, so a lot of what he says is exaggerated since it makes for a better story.

lc0107019 karma

Worst customer experience?

sweetdickwilly6742 karma

A woman called me racist and screamed at me for 10 minutes because I told her she had to wait in line to buy food.

NYR-75 karma

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sweetdickwilly6712 karma

You’re right. I fixed it.

theflamingskull8 karma

I've had sex at Disneyland as a guest, and expect it would be easier for an employee. As a cast member, how many escapades were you able to get away with?

sweetdickwilly6725 karma

The attractions all have cameras on them, so I assure you, some cast member saw everything you did. I actually never had sex in the parks, but I've heard some hilarious stories.

eagle16676 karma

What was the work culture there like? Any difference between lower-level and higher-level employees in attitude?

sweetdickwilly6717 karma

I'm speaking from my own personal experience here, since every role is going to have a different feel to it. Most of the people that I worked with were super into their job. Disney trains us to treat everything as if it were one big show, so we just tried to make it fun. Everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy being at work. There were a ton of strictly enforced rules and guidelines we had to follow, concerning everything from how you dress to how you have to act when you're "on stage" (on stage means anywhere that you can be seen by guests). The leaders and coordinators usually had more of a stick up their rear end about these kinds of things, but I never had many problems with them. Part time and full time employees have a tendency to look down on/be condescending towards interns, but that doesn't always happen.

Wolfman946 karma

This is really freaky. I'm Scott. I did the college program at the same time, and I started as a Lifeguard and ended as Food and Beverage. Let's see how far these similarities go. What complex did you live in?

sweetdickwilly675 karma

Oh wow. I lived in Chatham Square from February to August, then Patterson Court until the end of my program.

KingUnoit5 karma

If a person in a costume suffers a heart attack, stroke, etc. in the park, are they just dragged off somewhere?

sweetdickwilly677 karma

Disney has plans in place for situations like that. I’m not allowed to say what they are, but they do have policies in place.

Information_High-1 karma

I’m not allowed to say what they are

So you aren’t an EX-employee, then?

Barring a lifetime NDA, pretty sure you’re allowed to talk about them now that you’ve left the plantation.

sweetdickwilly6712 karma

I am, but I don’t want to jeopardize my chance of working for them again in the future. Disney keeps tabs on people that used to work for them, almost like a creepy ex boyfriend/girlfriend.

platypocalypse5 karma

Did you visit the secret restaurant that's reserved for the world's rich and powerful?

sweetdickwilly6715 karma

Are you referring to Club 33? Because that’s at Disneyland in California.

34erqw345 karma

Did the mouse ever touch you?

Dahlinium4 karma

Did you ever see any Spiderman x Elsa type stuff?

sweetdickwilly671 karma

No, can’t say that I did.

AdamDavisYT4 karma

How seriously do they take costume and characters staying on?

sweetdickwilly6714 karma

As a character performer, you could get fired for breaking character on stage.

dataisok1 karma

How do the character actors cope in the big suits when it is completely normal for the temperature to be pushing 100 degrees?

sweetdickwilly677 karma

If they’re outside, They run on a 30 minutes on/30 minutes off schedule. If it’s higher than 90 degrees outside, they’re only in the costume for 20 minutes at a time.

dataisok1 karma

So typically how many ppl will be playing a character on one day?

sweetdickwilly673 karma

It varies.

pm_me_your_foodzzz3 karma

What was your favourite food there?also can we have more proof?

sweetdickwilly678 karma

I'm not really sure what else I could submit, would some pictures of me in costume work? (At Disney we call them costumes, not uniforms). As far as food is concerned, definitely the pizza in the Italy pavillion.

pm_me_your_foodzzz19 karma

Can you PM me some proof of the pizza?

sweetdickwilly672 karma

Done.

panickyyy3 karma

Do you miss working there? What’s one of your more memorable moments (good or bad)?

sweetdickwilly679 karma

I miss it very much. I had a lot of memorable moments, but if I could pick a favorite, it would be a few nights before I left. I went to see Illuminations with all of my (attractions) coworkers from EPCOT. Our leader let us up onto one of the balconies in Italy to watch, which is a spot that not even guests get to go. I had become really close friends with these people, and a lot of them cried that. I totally didn’t, because I’m just that manly...haha

lemipuck3 karma

Have you ever seen/interacted with someone famous or prestigious at the park?

sweetdickwilly6722 karma

Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Evans. I found out that I’m a few inches taller than Chris, which made me feel really good. Like, I can tell people I’m taller than Captain America.

aleister943 karma

Do they really have underground tunnels for employees?

sweetdickwilly676 karma

Yes, but only at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. They’re called the “Utilidor”, because Disney loves making new words for things.

mr_blck3 karma

Did you save any money while working at Disney? I've heard that they don't let you eat outside food, make you live in certain places, etc. so that in the end you don't really make any money.

sweetdickwilly6715 karma

Those rumors are pretty exaggerated. Disney does offer housing to their interns, but they give you the option to live off-site. You can eat wherever you want. The last part is true though. By the end of my internship I broke even with my money.

AnnieTsukino3 karma

Do those who are in the Mickey Mouse costumes and etc learn how to write their autographs as identical as possible?

sweetdickwilly675 karma

Yes, that’s a requirement.

stratofarius2 karma

I did the international college program earlier this year (from December to February). Were you in Chatham? Did you by chance meet the people currently occupying apartment 2013?

I just really wanna know if anyone found the onion we forgot in the cabinet.

sweetdickwilly671 karma

I was in apartment 8107. That sounds hilarious though.

Kadf192 karma

When did you do the college program?

sweetdickwilly672 karma

Last year. I was Spring Advantage 2016 (February 5 - August 4), then I extended my program through January 5 of this year.

Beryl_Yaakov1 karma

What college?

sweetdickwilly672 karma

I go to a community college.

andrew1018992 karma

Is it hard to work at disney and go through the internship?

sweetdickwilly673 karma

Yes.

ginga_gingaa1 karma

You know Shannon S.?

sweetdickwilly672 karma

Not sure, PM me.

candidcantaloupe1 karma

What is Quick Service Food & Beverage?

sweetdickwilly673 karma

It’s basically the Disney World version of fast food. So any restaurant that doesn’t have waitstaff, or any of the food carts outside.

sweetdickwilly671 karma

Hey everyone! I will not be answering anymore questions until later this afternoon (EST). I’m going to get official verification from the mods by then as well.

the_shit_disturber0 karma

Paid internship? Isn't that actually illegal? If so, surprised a corporation as large as Disney is practicing this.

Edit: added a word

sweetdickwilly671 karma

I’m not sure about this, but if you’d like to know more, you can look up “Disney College Program” and do your own research. Disney has been running the College Program since the 80’s and they haven’t gotten in any kind of legal trouble for it yet (as far as I know).

GrapeMan0612-2 karma

Was it the happiest place on earth?

sweetdickwilly671 karma

Yes.