Disney Theme Park Employees Are Sharing Sad Secrets About Working There, And They're Eye-Opening And Not OK
It's summer, so I know a lot of people go to a Disney theme park. IDK on all of you, but I've always wondered about the dark side of working in "the happiest place on earth".
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I recently wrote a post about the theme park staff revealing some dark, behind-the-scenes truths about working there. Well, our BuzzFeed community left their own comments about their experiences working there.
Some Submissions contain mentions of sexual harassment.
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Here's what they said:
1. Spooky Traditions:
"It's quite common for guests to dispose of their loved ones' ashes on the Haunted Mansion ride. They do it because 'there are 999 ghosts and there's always room for 1,000!'”
2. Shaky infrastructure:
“I used to work at Splash Mountain and one time the ceiling fell onto the logs with guests inside. They just put a tarp over the hole and continued on. I never rode it again after that.”
3.The three D's:
“When I was working at Disneyland, I learned a very important unofficial rule from my fellow cast members. We called them the three Ds. Don't Do Disney. Or sometimes 'Don't Date Disney'. As in "Don't sleep with your fellow actors. It pretty much always ends badly. The backstage drama is both hilarious and exhausting.
It's also a known fact that if your managers find out you're dating someone in your area, they'll put one of you off. I even remember someone having to move to a whole different department so they weren't working near their significant other. And yet, Disney loves telling stories about how the cast members met and fell in love in the parks. Such hypocrites."
4.The Disney FU:
"When someone says 'Have a magical day,' they mean you were a gigantic asshole and hated doing business with you. We're calling it Disney Fuck You."
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5. Creepy Participants:
"I remember when I was working at Disney World - an old man grabbed me and KISSED ME ON MY LIPS. You best believe no one cared and I was scared, scared and disgusted. I was also 20 and I moved from Europe to Florida all by myself just to work for Disney."
6. Lack of support:
"A person close to me has been the subject of ongoing sexual harassment at a Disney venue (some submissions mention sexual harassment). Avoid 'damaging their reputation'.”
7. Lack of security for staff:
"I think the worst thing about character harassment is that Disney doesn't prosecute the guests, at least when I was there. When I was working in the 2000s there was someone who had their wrist broken by a drunk guest who really grabbed and twisted it. They refused to prosecute and I think she may have sustained permanent nerve damage in her wrist , which really sucked because she was also a gymnast.
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8. Sticking too strictly to the "Disney look":
"I was just a lifeguard at a pool, but I had to keep the 'Disney look.' Before starting a shift I was given a razor and asked to shave for stubble/5 o'clock shadows.”
"You're being watched everywhere."
10. Unsanitary Water:
"The water on the Pirates ride is not filtered, so we advise you to keep your hands out of the water for a number of reasons: to protect your limbs and because you could get an infection."
11. Strict Cashier Rules:
"If you've worked in restaurants or food service establishments where someone was at a register you walked past to order/bill your food, you couldn't have a drink for your entire 8- or 10-hour shift or go to the toilet. I lost all respect for them."
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12. This, um... interesting strategy:
“Disneyland has resident cats that live on the property. At night, they hunt rodents and help control the rodent population. Who is Disneyland's main mascot? Mickey Mouse. They are literally sanctioning the hunting and killing of Mickey's family."
13. And this, um... interesting salary strategy:
“I worked at Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom. Little secret: we got paid a dollar more than all the other attractions because we're not just fooling around, we're driving 35+ guests in a truck in an uncontrolled lane. If we wanted we could do that. I drove straight into the river where the crocodiles are and told you all to "run". Hence the extra dollar an hour to keep us from doing something this crazy."
14. Scary Accidents:
"People fall off things. Lots. Rooftops, rides, etc. There are mixed results."
15. And finally, trauma:
“I was on the TTC resort platform the night of the monorail crash, working. It will be 13 years this July and I still wake up screaming from time to time. There is no therapy that will or can erase this memory from my mind."
Have you ever worked in a theme park and experienced something similar? Let me know in the comments below!
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