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22 Honest Truths Of Being A Disney World Cast Member

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1. Yes, there are tunnels. No, they aren't magical.

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They're called the "Utilidors," and they run underground throughout the Magic Kingdom. Why? The Utilidors are the main way cast members can get to different sides of the park. They're also used to transport trash out of the view of the guests.

2. The costuming department is amazing.

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Disney has costumes for everything. Have you noticed how every person at a restaurant, resort, and attraction has a different costume? Have you noticed that Mickey Mouse has multiple outfits for every occasion? They're all stored in costuming, which is a wonderland.

3. If you see a cast member named Chris from Orlando, their name probably isn't Chris, and they probably aren't from Orlando.

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Any time a cast member forgets their name tag at home, they get a substitute name tag for the day. Substitute name tags are all "Chris from Orlando." There's probably a cast member actually named Chris who's from Orlando, and that lucky person never has to remember their name tag.

4. There are parties exclusively for cast members, and they come straight from every Disney nerd's dreams.

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As a cast member, we get tours of dark rides with the lights on, parties where special characters come out, and special access to parks after hours. It's pretty legit.

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5. We have to stay on schedule, and we're not sorry.

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We can't make exceptions for Fastpasses, meet-and-greets, or reservations if you're late. Unfortunately, there has to be a cutoff somewhere. If you wait until the last minute, we're going to turn you away. We've got to stick to the clock, but it's nothing personal.

6. Sometimes, we stay in character even when we visit the parks as guests.

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There is nothing more strange than the look parents give you when you're in ripped jeans and a Thrasher shirt and ask their child, "Are you having a magical day, princess?"

7. Cast members have a certain way they point their fingers.

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It's called the Disney point, and it's a two-finger point with the middle and index finger. We do it because pointing with one finger is considered rude in some cultures. Walt Disney also used to point with two fingers because he almost always had a cigarette in his hand.

8. We're the best people to go to the parks with because we know them inside and out.

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We know exactly which wall opens in the expanding hallway of The Haunted Mansion, and we always stand next to it so we're the first ones in line in the next room. We also have our Tell-A-Cast memorized, which tells us everything from the times of all the shows to the nearest place to get a turkey leg.

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11. If we had a dollar for every time we asked someone to stay behind the yellow line, we would be retired by now.

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We also tell people to "Get off of the railing" and to "Stop hanging on the rope."

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13. Friends that work at rides with long waits are very valuable.

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Having friends from different attractions is the best. Not only do you get a taste of what their job is like, but they know how long lines are throughout the day (plus, they can probably slip you through the Fastpass line if they're working).

14. You can make anyone happy with a Disney sticker, so we have a ton of stickers everywhere.

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We collect stickers in our purses, wallets, bags, and pockets. We also have park maps, expired Times Guides, and empty PhotoPass cards that somehow follow us home.

16. A lot of times, we let mean guests roll off of our backs.

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People at Disney get hot, tired, and crabby. Sometimes, they like to take their grumpiness out on us. Their complaints are nothing we haven't heard before.

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17. Princesses are just coworkers.

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We fangirl over them for approximately two days when we first start working at Disney. After that, we just end up talking to them about TV shows and their favorite Applebee's appetizers.

18. We respect parents who power through a full day at the parks.

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We see kids in the morning that are happy and full of life. They sit nicely in their strollers and gasp at all the merriment. Then, we see them at night. They're tired, they cry, and they play "the stroller is lava." Parents are champions.

19. We're great at telling stories.

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We don't break character. We're storytellers. We have no problem telling you, in eerily specific detail, why things are the way that they are, even if it's not the truth. We'll say anything to preserve the magic.

20. The people we work with make our job 18,000% better.

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At the end of the day, all we want is someone to relate to. Our friends are there to do late-night runs to iHop after the park closes, to go to fireworks on our day off, to have photoshoots with us in our costumes, and to stay in and eat pizza when we don't want to deal with the crowds.