Disney employees share the craziest things they’ve seen at work

Think no one would ever walk around Disney naked? Think again.

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A fairy tale gone wrong

“I was working in the kitchen at Cinderella’s castle when this family of four came in for their dinner. About halfway through the dinner, the husband politely stands up and taps his glass for attention. He announced that his wife of 15 years has been cheating on him for over a year. The entire place stood still in shock. He motioned for his kids, paid the waitress, and left the wife crying at the table.”  —Azov237 via Reddit

Not the ride he had in mind

“One day, a kid ate a bunch of pasta with marinara and then promptly threw it all up right in front of the entrance to the Big Thunder Mountain ride. It was a huge pile of watery barf, easily two-feet wide and three-feet long. We called custodial and set up a couple of trash cans to do our best to block the area off, so people couldn’t step in it. This dude, wearing all white (white shirt, shorts, shoes) comes running down the path from the exit of the ride to try and get back into the line as soon as he can. We tried to yell at him to stop running, but it was too late. He thought he would be a super cool guy and jump between the trash cans. He jumps, lands in the barf and his legs slip out from under him, and he falls/rolls into all the red marinara barf. It took him a few seconds to comprehend what had just happened, but he eventually let out a bloodcurdling scream” —atheistpiece via Reddit

A visit from the stork

“This couple was trying to ride Space Mountain and had a black duffel bag. (A cast member) heard something come from the bag, so he asked them to open it. They refused. Security comes, forces them to open it. It was their six-month-old baby.” —broken_long_thumbkey via RedditYikes! Here are some other secrets Disney employees won’t tell you.

Dying for a snack

“Someone left an abandoned bag at the base of Space Mountain for more than 15 minutes, so we followed the normal security procedures and they brought a bomb dog out to sniff it. When our Pluto came to check the bag, he sniffed it and then sat down which signals there is something wrong with this bag. So we had to evacuate all of Tomorrowland, literally all of the attractions/stores/restaurants, and all the cast members were standing at all the entrances freaking out because now we were sure a bomb was going to go off and we would all die. Turned out that the backpack was just forgotten, full of carne asada burritos, and Pluto sat down because he thought he was getting a treat.”  —steakandasideofsteak via Reddit

Grand theft pin

“When I was there, I worked on Main Street. The one thing that really caught my attention was this lady wanted to buy a huge pin set we had framed and on display for the Haunted Mansion, but not for sale. She leaves and I move positions and then I see her just run out of the store with the frame. It was insane.” —UCMcoyote via Reddit. Well, that’s one thing you can’t take out, but here are some things you can’t take IN to a Disney Park. 

Seeing fireworks

“I saw guests nearly get hit with pieces of firework shell from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event after normal park hours. They were launching fireworks all around the park, not just behind the Castle, and a big chunk of shell landed right in front of the turkey wagon. I ran out and picked it up before anyone noticed a smoking hunk of cardboard and plastic in the street. (I still have it somewhere!)” —phantom_scarecrow via Reddit

Tarzan? Is that you?

“(I saw) a mother climb a tree and swing down in the middle of another family’s meet and greet with Beast. She didn’t want to wait in line.” —anonymous user via Reddit

Time for a bathroom break

“I saw children poop in line at Fantasyland. This happened a lot. Far too often. I couldn’t believe it. A respectful tip of the hat here to the custodial crew.” —hpotter29 via Reddit

More than a cartoon snake

“I worked a ride in Animal Kingdom a long time ago. Saw an eight- to ten-foot-long snake emerge from an area with lots of plants and bushes. It slowly works its way through a line of about 200 people. Weaving its way through people’s legs, strollers, bags, etc…then it just casually slips back into another wooded area. No one noticed!” —anonymous via Reddit

Greed doesn't pay

“I was out in Fantasyland/Hub as the Queen of Hearts and there was an Alice and both Tweedles out there with me as well. We were having lots of fun as a unit, with me making people bow/curtsy to me and kiss my hand and the Tweedles causing general mischief while Alice talked to kids. We were over near the Dumbo ride, and there’s a small fountain over near the line for the ride that was drained for whatever reason on this day. All of the coins that people throw into were still in the fountain. I guess one of the Tweedles decided they wanted to steal some change, but they’re only about 5’5″, and the costume is basically built around a hula hoop to give them the round shape, so when he bent over into the fountain, he fell in and was stuck. I just remember turning around and seeing his feet sticking into the air kicking back and forth out of the fountain. It was amazing.” —IWasGoofyAMA via Reddit

Lashing out

“I was standing out there telling everyone that we are out of Fastpasses when this kid rides up to me on a scooter. He demands passes and when I tell him we are out, he demands to ride the ride. I tell him he can wait in line (120 min wait) and he gets really upset and guns his scooter into my leg then rides away. I was so shocked and amused I did not call security on him.” —killerwhate via Reddit. Maybe it’s just a better idea to take these insider secrets from a Disney superfan to heart instead.

Playing dead

“Back in the day, I used to work Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. One day, we put a group of kids—one of which was admittedly too small to be on the ride, but we let him on because his bigger sister said she’d hold onto him. When they finally come back, two of them are missing—the boy and his sister. So, naturally, we shut down the ride, tell everyone someone vomited all over the seats, and go looking for this kid and his sister. We literally had to climb around Space Mountain looking for these two, using the carts as something to hold onto.  When we finally see them, it’s bad. The boy is facedown on the tracks, dead as far as we could tell. And his sister is leaning on a pole connecting to the tracks, looking completely shot and dejected. Me and two other employees literally just broke down and started crying for a solid 15 seconds or so before the girl bursts out laughing and her apparently-not-dead little brother follows suit.”—Anonymous user via Reddit

No skinny dipping in the parks

“I worked at EPCOT in the early 2000s at the Silicon Graphics demonstration area in one of the buildings underneath the golf ball. One morning as I was going to my area, I noticed a group of people gathered around one of the fountains we had. These fountains are inlaid in the ground, under a Nerf-like material, so guests could walk on them. I parted the crowd, and there stood a family of four—Mom, Dad, teenage son, and toddler daughter, buck naked, frolicking in the fountain. They were Brazilian, got too hot, and just went naked in the fountain: they thought nothing was amiss as sun-burned tourists took pictures of them. I gestured to them to put their clothes on, and that was that.”—therealdannyking via Reddit. Next, check out the craziest things zookeepers have seen on the job.
 

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Stay on-site at a Disney hotel

Staying on site can be a timer saver, says Shani Wolf, a travel consultant specializing in Disney vacations. Not only can you use Disney’s transportation to get from park to park, purchases made in the parks can be delivered to your room and Disney’s Magical Express will transport you from Orlando International Airport to your hotel—you don’t even have to wait for your luggage. There are hotels at every price range from the budget Disney's All-Star Sports Resorts to the luxury Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Take advantage of early Extra Magic hours

Another advantage to staying at an on-site hotel: you’ll have access to Extra Magic Hours at select parks on certain days. Although these hours can be in the morning or evening, Tom Murray, a 20-year Disney travel expert, says that it’s best to go in the morning. “Guests have the flexibility of moving at a slower, more relaxed pace and can then save their FastPass+ reservations for later in the day when the crowds and wait times increase,” he says. Before the park opens to the general public, you’ll have already experienced Space Mountain or Rockin’ Roller Coaster (where wait times can normally exceed two hours) and can enjoy a leisurely breakfast while the masses charge at rope drop.

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Eat at unusual times

Eating your mid-day meal at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. can pay off. Sure, you’d rather eat lunch at noon, but so would everyone else. Wolf suggests eating at non-peak times to cut down on time spent waiting in line to order your food. Here are some things you should make sure to book in advance of your Disney World trip.

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Miss a fireworks show or two

Fireworks and parades are something special at Walt Disney World, however, if you’re willing to miss one or two, Murray says show times are the best time to check out popular rides. “These are key opportunities to get in line for your favorite attractions, since most guests will be gathering to see these events,” he says.

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Don't follow the crowd

The excitement of entering Epcot or the Magic Kingdom for the first time might lead you to the closest ride right away. Of course, that’s where everyone else is headed, too. Instead, Wolf suggests walking a bit further at the beginning of the day. “Earlier in the day, it’s a good idea to start visiting the attractions in the back of the park and work your way forward,” he says.

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Book a breakfast reservation before park opening

Several restaurants inside the Magic Kingdom open an hour earlier than the park for breakfast. Some even offer character breakfasts, which Murray says can save your family time later because you’ll already have that much-needed autograph and won’t need to wait in line to meet Cinderella or Minnie Mouse. This trick works for the other parks, too. Do note, though, that reservations at popular breakfast places (like Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom) can be booked up weeks or months in advance, so it’s best to make your dining reservation as close to the allowed 180 days out as possible. (Set up an account at Disneyworld.com to make reservations.)

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Use the services of a Disney vacation consultant 

You might be used to traditional travel agents who charge fees, so here’s a surprise: “Authorized Disney vacation consultants such as myself do not charge a fee for their services,” Wolf says. “Disney makes sure I get compensated so that their guests are not out a cent.” Using an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can save you time because they can make reservations, help with special needs, and walk you through technology like the My Disney Experience app. Check out these secret spots in Disney parks you never knew existed.

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Take a break

Your Disney vacation shouldn’t be all go, go, go. In fact, you should try to go back to your hotel for a swim or rest mid-day, Wolf says. This tip might seem counterintuitive if you really want to get the most out of your vacation, but it makes sense. Wolf says you’ll return to the parks feeling refreshed and able to stay through until closing, long after many guests have left, thus leaving rides with shorter wait times.

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