Welcome to Jim Hill Media - Entertainment News : Theme Parks Movies Television

Cast Member Corner: Life after Disney

Cast Member Corner: Life after Disney

Rate This

What happens when a Disney Cast Member finally, reluctantly breaks out of the Disney fold? What kinds of jobs is he likely to do when the parades and shows and Goofy Studio Mysteries are over, and he's faced with life in the real world? How does his tenure at the parks affect his view of events and people and places?

I have a friend whose entire reason for working as a tour guide at Disney-MGM Studios was to become an animator. Which he did. Then he was laid off, and then he got picked up by Dreamworks. But I imagine that's a pretty rare case. I ran into another former-cast-member friend in the bank, of all places. But he wasn't a teller or a security guard. He was on a production crew, filming a commercial for said bank.

Many of us can be found trying to make a go of it at radio and TV stations, where we've sadly discovered that they don't pay all that well, either. I worked the morning show on a small town AM station, did some voiceover for local TV ads, and at my current real life computer job for a local ISP, I'm also 'The Voice' on our phone menu system: "If you know your party's extension, please dial it now." "To report a problem with your service, press 2." "To hear me say that in Swahili, press 8." It ain't the jungle, but it pays the bills. I also announce the soccer games at our local high school, and am hoping to work my way up to football - volunteer, of course.

It may be a testament to the types of people that apply at Disney in the first place, or it may be something that is instilled in us when we get there. That desire to be 'on stage,' to perform, to be the center of attention, to direct and lead, to be heard and seen doesn't go away when you pack up your locker and turn in your ID.

And what about when you're back in the parks as a guest? Do you sometimes find yourself still picking up trash? Do people inexplicably approach and ask you questions as if you're still a cast member? How do they know? You're in civilian clothes, right? But still they come, and still they ask.

When you hear Disney conversation, in the parks or somewhere else, do you hold a debate in your mind, back and forth, whether to walk up and get involved in the conversation and set them straight, or to just walk away and leave them wallowing in their ignorance? Can you even do that? It's hard, but sometimes talking to them is even harder, particularly when they're absolutely sure they know that there's a tunnel entrance on Tom Sawyer's Island and that Disney trains mosquitoes so they can sell more bug repellant and that Walt's head is frozen and stored somewhere under the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Sometimes the "I used to work at Disney" card will open many doors. It can also open the way for a barrage of questions and headaches. Ever had this one:

Potential Employer: "It says here that you used to work for Disney."

You: "Yes."

Potential Employer: "Wow - what was that like?"

(fifteen minutes of stupid Disney questions, including that Pirates thing)

Potential Employer (without even glancing over the rest of your carefully prepared resume): "That's so cool. When can you start?"

Not that instant hire-ability is anything to sneeze at, but really, I mean, c'mon. They're kidding, right? Of course, given the current state of affairs that particular little exchange may very well be going out of style.

So we do the 'monorail guy' voice on our answering machines, collect the collectible collectibles (further lining The Company's coffers) and carefully select when to bring out the "Oh, yeah, I used to work there" and when to leave it safely tucked away. It's something you never quite get rid of though, isn't it?

Wanna see what I mean? Let's play a little game, and find out how much of a MouseHead you are. Get up from your PC (if you're at work, you'll have to wait until you get home) and do a quick walkthrough of your house. Count the number of times you see Mickey's head. Clothing and hats, if viewable from the walkthrough, count. So do paper products (cards, calendars, paper towels). A repeating pattern, such as wallpaper or linens, can count as one. Score yourself:

1-15: Lightweight (and probably saner than most of us).
16-30: Middle MouseHead
31-45: More MouseHead than average
46-60: Leaning towards MouseHead obsession
61-75: You're on the MouseHead edge
75 +: Major MouseHead. Seek professional help. Please. Now.

Guess which group I'm in...

By the way, you can come on over and compare your scores with other MouseHeads at www.MouseHeads.com. While you're there, why not vote in our online poll, leave a forum message, submit a story or comment on an existing one? We look forward to seeing you there.

www.MouseHeads.com. We miss you, too.

Blog - Post Feedback Form
Your comment has been posted.   Close
Thank you, your comment requires moderation so it may take a while to appear.   Close
Leave a Comment
  • * Please enter your name
  • * Please enter a comment
  • Post
  • Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything such as this prior to. So nice to find somebody by incorporating original applying for grants this subject. realy i appreciate you for starting this up. this site is a thing that is required on the net, a person if we do originality. valuable purpose of bringing new stuff towards internet!

  • Sometimes, blogging is a bit tiresome specially if you need to update more topics.,-`”.

  • Just added your blog to my list of price reading blogs

  • I read your post. It is very informative and helpful to me. I admire the message valuable information you provided in your article.

  • I think this internet site contains very fantastic written subject matter blog posts.

  • if the buffalo in my head could speak german i would not know a god damm thing. What i do know is that the language of art is out of this world. <a href="thefinchfarm.com/">parrots for sale</a>

  • I took a break to view your article. I found it very relaxing

  • Took me time to learn all the feedback, but I actually loved the write-up. It proved to be Very beneficial to me and I’m positive to all the commenters here! It really is always superior when you can not solely be informed, but additionally entertained! I am positive you had enjoyable penning this post.

  • Very interesting points you have remarked, thanks for putting up.

  • Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. <a href="sites.google.com/.../home">hotmail login account</a>

  • Technicians follow specific procedures when filling prescriptions. After receiving an initial prescription or refill request, they must verify that the prescription information is accurate and then count, pour, retrieve, weigh, measure and if necessary, mix the required medication for the prescription. The next step is to prepare and affix the labels to the proper container. After filling the prescription the technician will then price and file it. Another important aspect of a technician's job is to prepare patient insurance forms and establish and maintain patient profiles.

  • Took me time to learn all the feedback, but I actually loved the write-up. It proved to be Very beneficial to me and I’m positive to all the commenters here! It really is always superior when you can not solely be informed, but additionally entertained! I am positive you had enjoyable penning this post.

  • Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

  • Thanks for this blog post, I enjoyed it’s content and style. I came across this blog on the internet and today have additional it to my personal favourites list. I’ll be certain to arrive again quickly.

  • My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Page 118 of 124 (1,851 items) «116117118119120»