Originally seen here on Reddit.
As my name implies, I work at WDW as a Cast Member. There are a lot of crazy things I’d rather not get in to, but the worst was one night during the fireworks exit, we had a bunch of twenty year olds being dumb asses on the resort platform.
They start punching each other in the arms, being the usual pricks to each other. One of them ended up missing his friend and cold clocking a 12 year old girl. 12 year old girls dad had to be 6′ 4″ and 320 pounds. And built. I mean really built.
It took 4 security guards and 2 orange county deputies to pull the guy off the bloody pulp that remained of the kid. His friend ended up jumping into the bushes to get away from one seriously angry father.
I worked in Tomorrowland attractions at WDW and there were many stories, but one of the craziest was when I noticed a down syndrome child waiting in the back hallway – not a normal place for guests. I figured he was waiting on his party to finish riding. I was bumped out of my position for a break 5-10 minutes later and he was still there. I got him to walk down to the unload area with me figuring his family was probably freaking out about where he was. No one was down there waiting for him. I waited for 15 minutes and realized his family was not on the ride. After calling managers and coordinators conducting a search throughout Tomorrowland we found his family riding Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. They just left him at Space! I have never been so upset at work. There are so many others but this one always comes to mind.
There was a special needs person that was lost when I was working at the Haunted Mansion. Somehow he made into the mansion, through the stretch room but didn’t want to go any further because he was scared so he just stopped in the corner. Me and my co-worker saw him and were able to get him back with his family. Poor guy, was so afraid…it still makes me sad to think about it.
Way to go Disney Ambler alert!
My brother-in-law worked there in the student program. Two things he told me were the worst.
1) This couple were trying to ride Space Mountain, and had a black duffelbag. He 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 6 month old baby. ಠ_ಠ
2) I don’t remember what attraction it was for, but he said a little boy from Make-a-Wish got to go to the front of every line. This one lady saw it, and bitched so loud about how this little trash kid didn’t deserve to cut in lines and a bunch of other bullshit. He described the look on the boy’s parent’s faces as nothing but nightmarish heartbreaking shit. ಠ_ಠ
He told the lady to get out of line and stop being such a bitch, explained that the kid was with Make-A-Wish. She apparently didn’t care, and asked for a manager. Bitches to manager. She is banned from WDW. My brother-in-law almost lost his job right there due to all of the commotion that was caused. Luckily he didn’t.
I worked at Club Disney for the brief time it was open. We had codes we used on the radio headsets that were coordinated with character names. For instance, code Baloo meant there was blood that needed to be cleaned up immediately.
One day, I’m taking a stroll around the club to check on things when I spot a small boy about two years old taking a massive dump right in the middle of the play area. He sees me, starts to cry, and runs away with no clothing on the lower half of his body. I get on the radio and can’t think of what to say as we hadn’t discussed a code for “human feces in the play area and naked kid running around.” So I just called, “I have a code Pooh situation in the play area and Piglet’s on the loose.”
Screener at Disneyland here, if we see something you have that’s forbidden, we know you will just rehide it. We have people in front of us and behind us that are always watching and we can call them to follow you once we know you have something. It’s actually really fun to bust people lying like that. Some people flip their shit.
I used to be a cast member at the Disney store in my local mall. We were required to greet everyone within 10 seconds of them entering the store.There used to be a game online that kids would play about getting to the back of the store, grabbing a stuffed animal from the” plush mountain” and get back up front before getting greeted. I saw this one teenager run across the store and dove head first in the mountain of stuffed animals… only to quickly find out that they were on risers. He was taken away on a stretcher but ended up being fine. And yes, I greeted him while he was in mid air so he lost the game.
Had the worst gas of my life at Disneyland. I remember the indoor line at Space Mountain. It was potent enough to affect the line. There was nowhere to go. People would try to move away and cringe. They would audibly respond with things like “mother of god”, “did someone shit their pants?” and “mommy, make it stop”. It shouldn’t have been, but it was morbidly satisfying watch the affect on a captive audience.
Used to work attractions at Anaheim Dland. On the Indiana Jones Adventure there are 3 48″ height checkpoints which small guests must hit, and there’s often drama here. One of the lowest points in my Disney career was having to height check a midget. I couldn’t make eye contact. All he said was, “Really?” and I hung my head in shame and nodded. Another time an African American family had made it all the way down to the last checkpoint, which was in the station. The poor kid was too short but the mom lost her mind when I said her child couldn’t ride. She started screaming at the top of her lungs that “this racist motherfucker wont let my precious baby girl on the ride” “You are racist, you are racist” etc etc. Cleared out the station, temporarily shut down the ride. She was escorted out and banned from the park.
Tl;dr: Height checked a midget, didn’t let a little girl ride because she was black
I was working in the kitchen at Cinderella’s castle when this family of 4 came in for their dinner. About half way 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 in 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.
I was a Disney employee for the summer. My two favorite memories:
Coming out of a bathroom stall and washing my hands next to a half dressed Mary Poppins.
I was sitting with a group of guys by where Mickey and Minnie get dressed. When they came out, the guys started cat-calling Minnie. The guy that was Mickey said, in a perfect Mickey voice, “If you look at my girlfriend again I’m gonna pop ya!”
A co-worker of my at Disney World once helped escort Michael Jackson through some employee only areas to avoid the crowds surrounding him.
He got an autograph on a napkin.
I was out in Fantasyland/Hub as the Queen of Hearts (who is pretty much always played by a dude) 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 acting like a prissy bitch and making people bow/curtsy to me and kiss my hand etc; 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 he fountain. It was amazing.
overnight cast member here. Please PLEASE leave your cremated loved ones at home. stop dumping them in Haunted Mansion. They just get vacuumed up and disposed of.
Not a cast member, but I witnessed a cast member do this: I was in line at Disney Land California with a group of Japanese teenage tourists were ahead of me in line. I speak Japanese, so I could understand that they were making fun of Americans. They were mostly saying things to the effect of “On TV they seem so cool, but all of these Americans are so fat and ugly.” They were laughing and even occasionally pointing at people. I was just staying quiet but then one of the cast members who evidently also spoke Japanese walked up to them and told them in perfect Japanese “You guys should really be careful, most Americans can speak Japanese.” They all froze up and looked around at people, many of whom were giving them dirty looks. I nodded at them like I was backing him up, and they were horrified. They all left the line promptly afterward.
Grad nite 2007: I was walking out of the space mountain breakroom, and saw one of my guy friends at the then “Honey I shrunk the audience” look like he was about to vomit, and one of my girl friends who was laughing hysterically. Apparently in the dark of the theater, some girl decided this would be a good time to go down on her boyfriend. Little did she know, about halfway into the show, one of the effects is this little tube that comes wiggling out of the seat to simulate mice running by your legs. This hit her throat, she bit down, and he was bleeding pretty profusely. A grad nite to remember!
Other crazy space mountain stories usually involved stupid people jumping in/out of moving cars/the track. The two I remember the most:
1- this guy was separated from his wife getting into the first row because he wasn’t paying attention and the gates closed. Space mountain has a very delicate time system, and generally we don’t have enough time to re-open gates. I was trying to shout across the track and tell him that we would pull his wife out so they could be re-joined, but I guess the CM checking lap bars asked and she said she didn’t mind and didn’t want to be pulled out. So he solves this problem (was he too scared to ride alone? just a dick? I will always wonder…) by JUMPING INTO THE TRACK LIKE AN ASSHOLE to chase after her car when the gates opened. My first time that I ever had to hit the emergency stop.
2- a rather tall man was sitting in the back row, and looked really uncomfortable. I asked him if he was SURE he wanted to ride, as his legs were smashed against the seat in front of him, and he assured me that he did. Next thing I know, I turn around as see him climbing down one of the flights of stairs leading up into the attraction. This asshole decided he wanted to get out, and because he was so tall, the lapbar didn’t go down so far as to lock him in the ride. It just boggles my mind that he decided to climb out in a pitch black area, where he has no idea where any stairways/walkways are, and just take his chances that he wont fall into a track and be crushed by a ride vehicle.
When I worked on Space Mountain circa 2003, Tom Cruise came on Space Mountain with his then-girlfriend Penelope Cruz and her family.
His group gets on the ride, they go have fun, and they come back to the station. As is standard procedure, we asked if they wanted to stay in the car and ride again. This is so they dont have to get out, just to immediately reboard. (star privilege!)
We dispatch the car, and as it starts to move forward, Penolope`s non-English speaking family starts flipping out. Apparently they didnt want to go again. So they stand up. This causes us to press the button to stop the cars (in the station only).
Alarms start going off (as the ride is about to break down if we dont start moving them).
The alarms start flipping out the escorts. Everyone but the people who work the ride are flipping out. Beeping, yelling, good times.
Anyway, we release the “station stop”. I have to manually tug the car to the next spot in the station, via the passanger handle bar in the front. This is when my hand came in contact with Tom Cruise`s.
I never washed it again.
I used to be a Cast Member, and would work evenings on the attraction Sounds Dangerous: Staring Drew Carey. Sadly, this attraction is now closed, but it was fun for me during my College Program. Most of the workers didn’t like the gig because you had to get on stage and give a speech, and it was a “one man show” kind of attraction, so you worked alone. For me, it was a chance to get a few hours to myself while working in the busy park (my other position was at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular).
Anyone who is familiar with the attraction knows that there were eight minutes of complete darkness during the show so that they can play mind games with sounds (buzzing bees, knives whizzing past your head, etc.). What they didn’t know is that I had a monitor in the back connected to a night vision camera so I could keep an eye out for children that got scared and I could help escort them out.
Yeah, it was fun to watch the reaction of audience members when the sounds were happening, especially how everyone would squirm and scream when the elephant squirted water at them, but it was far more interesting to watch people who thought no one could see them.
There were lots of people making out. I have heard some stories of people trying to have sex (don’t ask me how, but I’m pretty sure they were caught since the screen comes back on half way through and then goes out again).
I never saw anything that extreme, but here is my wildest story. One time, as soon as the lights went out, I saw a guy straight up finger bang his girlfriend/wife. It was obvious that he had been on the attraction before because he had it timed perfectly so that no one knew what he was doing. He wasn’t even caught when the lights suddenly came on, and he was back at it as soon as the lights went out again.
These kinds of things were not common occurrence, but it was funny to watch those people carry on as if nothing ever happened afterwards.
TL;DR: Disney is not just a family park. Sometimes, it’s a family making park, and not even Drew Carey can stop it.
Former WDW Cast Member. I swear most of my crazy stories come from working there. Things I’ve seen…
(more than once) Adult drop trouser and take a dump next to a line of people and walk off laughing.
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.
Three people in wheelchairs in the same tree at another time. I have no idea.
A man try to swim in Cinderella’s moat during fireworks. I was guarding the ropes, I tackled him. 5.Snow White being thrown over the shoulder of a drunk man in EPCOT in an attempts to carry her away.
A brazilian tour group beat the crap out of Donald Duck.
Nights Of Joy- is Hell on earth. The park is open to Christian youth groups and has Christian rock bands preform. During these nights extra staff is put on and extra security because there is sex and drugs and theft happening around every corner. My managers were preparing us for it. They said if you see a bush rustle kids ARE having sex behind it. the bathrooms have to be checked every 5 mins, and Any ride that goes dark for more that 3 seconds will have randy teenagers whipping their junk out. Those nights…those terrifying nights .
Employee at the original Disneyland here. I have spent most of my time at the gate and screening tents. I’ll list a few.
Man cold clocks a girl security guard in California adventure on New Years Eve. All Disney police come out and a massive fight breaks out between security and the guy with his two friends. The original attacker chips his tooth and starts yelling OWW repeatedly from under like 4 or 5 guards on the floor. States that he gave them NO right to touch him like that.
While screening, an Asian man comes in with a Segway (not allowed) goes right past me and ignored everything I say. He has like 12 people with him (all Mexican) and talks only through them. His friend states that I may not check his things and his Segway is his disability device. The Asian guys manner suggests he is used to being treated like a king. He doesn’t look me in the eye, wearing business attire, says he knows a CEO etc. I tell him to stay there while a lead comes out. He starts heading very slowly to Disneyland gate trying to sneak away. I walk up to him and he tells me that I will get Disney in big trouble for what I’m doing. Security ends up coming and spends two hours with him before they escort him out of the resort. The Asian man and the Mexican group with him reveal cameras and microphones all on them and say they are making a lawsuit case out of this exchange. Nothing came of it…
Recently a hobo man comes in, throws a snail stuffed animal (like from Turbo that one movie no one saw) into some bushes and we treat it like a potential threat (bomb). We separated the area while the dogs were coming to investigate. I lose track of time and a kid hands it to me saying it was lost and found by him. I freaked out a little but it was just a stuffed animal in the end.
Man calls my friend a bitch at the ticket area. I closed off his area and said you aren’t coming in today please choose a day you can be a human being. It felt amazing. He eventually came in though after an hour with managers.
Lady has a jug for her kid to pee in. Idk why. We tell her anything to hold what should go in sewage is not allowed. She says she will take it back to her car. Tries to hide pee jar on her person. Gets it all over her.
Fat fat fat fat fat lady tries to fit through turnstile. Can’t. Tries big stroller gate. Can’t. We had to open our overflow gate for her. She was pissy with me the whole time as if I forced pounds and pounds of sugar and fat down her for all those years.
Guy comes in with his moms pass (he is about 22 years old) no picture on file with a name of Pauline. Wanting to not directly call him out I asked about it and he stated it’s just a weird name his parents gave him and I shouldn’t ask about it. We pull up the file to ask him some questions about the pass (simple things like Birthday, email etc. to see if it matches the info on the card) He gets on the phone as we pull it up and as we ask him questions he describes the question on the phone (saying BIRTHDAY really loud when it’s asked of him). It’s obviously it’s his mom he called because he didn’t know her bday. He even got it wrong when his mom told him directly on the phone. We took the pass and he tried to Bro fight me?? I guess? Where he gets all close and says WTF bro what’s your problem bro? Come at me. He eventually was escorted out.
Big lady driving an ECV crashes into the stroller gate as my friend is opening it, breaking his arm (most gates on Disney side have been removed since if you’ve been recently.)
Many personal vibrators found while looking through bags…some people really like Disney.
Some big lady on an ECV kept snatching her bag from me just as I was about finished, and it made me investigate it more and I found tequila at the bottom. She said she forgot it was in there and chews me out.
Angry guy with poor English is trying to get in to California Adventure with no ticket. I find out he is really trying to go to his car. I explain in as many ways as I can that the park is not where his car is. He gets so mad that he takes all my maps and throws them on the ground and shakes my turnstile. I opened my gate and let him in. Felt evil, I wish I could have followed him to see how far he went before realizing he is no where near where he wants to be.
Late to the party, but I was a safari driver at the Kilimanjaro safari attraction in Animal Kingdom. We had this elephant named Willy. Willy was an exhibitionist. I was driving a safari one day, spewing out facts about Elephants when I hear a tiny voice from the back of tge truck yell: MOOOOM! HE HAS FIVE LEGS!!! I turn, and sure enough, there’s Willy, standing with his five foot long dick just swaying in the Florida breeze. I had to turn my mic off, I was laughing so hard.