This is one of the best insider accounts of Disney I've ever read. What it's like to audition to be Jack Sparrow, entertaining the crowds, being offered BJs on your lunch break, and ultimately being broken by what sounds like insanely intense working conditions.
Really fascinating read.
We use to have management hide out in the jungle and listen to our speils to make sure we weren't going off the script. I took my chances but always remembered the fact that it was a family park.
Of course, most good skippers had an "after dark, adult" version of the script that was quite popular, particularly with the jungle groupies. That version we performed without a microphone just to be sure we didn't get caught. Of course, we only had a small group of riders usually when that version was presented. Sometimes only one or two riders.
Oh, the good old days.....
Is anyone really surprised that's how things work inside Disney though?
I work at MFi here in buffalo as a cowboy in the shootouts and the people are the park are pretty weird also. I wouldn't think because MFI is no Disney but some of the regulars are out there.
Its sad when your best friend asks you the exact running time of a ride. Good thing I didnt know.
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I worked at WDW MK over 10 years ago on the college program and they had just elmiminated the Lead (asst manager) position company wide. When they eliminated the position the existing leads either went up to a management position or back down to a highly paid line position. The ones that went down were super bitter about it and would do anything and everything to make it seem like the operation was disfunctional without the Leads to hold things together. Also the bitter ones wouldn't listen to their former peers that had been recently promoted. It was a mess at times and a bit frustrating to start working in the middle of this, but I guess they proved their point in the long run.
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