Posted Monday, May 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Contributed by Jeff
During a recent overnight shift, Disneyland provided a rare glimpse into the work that goes into maintaining the world's second-most-popular theme park. Though park officials wouldn't divulge how much money is spent on Disneyland's overall upkeep, they said most is spent on the night shift.
Read more from The LA Times.
I wrote a college paper on this once. It was about how Disneyland was "sustainable", which was the buzzword at the time and was clearly mis-used. The paper was about how Disneyland was "sustainable" as long as the the money and man-power to make it that way. I think when it comes to the environment, we should be using the term "self-sustaining" instead. The professor was obviously looking for something more along the lines of this, but I got a B on the paper anyway, so I must have made a valid case.
I enjoyed this part a lot.:)
But instead of evicting the cats, Disneyland's animal wranglers work to control the feline population by spaying and neutering the adult cats and finding homes for all kittens born in the resort. The cats eat at five permanent feeding stations installed throughout the two parks.
Knotts has some working cats too! I have seen one at Universal Orlando too, not sure if it was on mouse duty or not.
When my wife and I worked at Cedar Point we took home a kitten from a litter that was making Peanuts Playground (the dinosour bones) its home. Thankfully it was the last week of our contract so we only had to keep the little guy in our dorms a few days. I remember cats living in the bushes at the base of Raptor's life hill as well all three summers we were there. I'm not sure if I remember hearing whether or not Cedar Point would do anything about all the cats in the park.
I remember a few cats living at the employee eatery in the back of the park when I worked at Cedar Point in '06. That's near Boneville on the train, fyi.
There use to be a huge population of cats at Cedar Point, good bit of them lived under Breakers. I have not seen any in a few years. Wonder why?
My girlfriend just made a good point about the cats living at Disney. Why encourage the cats to rid the resort of rodents when the cats are in fact working for a rodent? :)Last edited by 99er, Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:36 PM
The cats have to be carefully monitored to make sure that they only dispose of the correct rodents.
Not a problem at Universal.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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