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  • Working in the human trap built by the mouse

    With winter heading in hard, it got me thinking about summer (mostly because I'm not a fan of the cold). For us that work in Education, our pay is low, but our summers are off. I was thinking of heading down to Southern California and looking at becoming one of the many summertime Disneyland Cast Members.
    Now the reason I'm thinking about this so very early (apart from the cold) is because as people in Education know, you can't leave your summers unplanned. The sooner you figure out what to do, the better off you'll be.

    Though I have a few dilemma when it comes to playing with the mouse, inside the wonderful dream that is Disneyland. I'm in hopes that it won't damage the illusion of dream (though a few guests do that for me at times in the park) for the future; or even the present. I would hate to become one of those people who nitpicks the park to death (we all know one or two =P). The other thing is I have a vision of Walt's Disneyland, which my be very differently run on the inside then that which we see on the outside (cast member "playtime" and "happy Micky funtime hour").

    What would you do? Any "constructive" thoughts welcome!

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    I love working at the parks so I would totally tell you to do it. Does some of the magic get ruined? Of course. For some reason though when I'm in the park as a guest I never think about all of the action going on backstage. So if your worried about the magic of Disneyland being ruined because all of a sudden you see the backside of Space Mountaine everyday, don't be. It can only be ruined if you let it be ruined in your own mind. Same with the nitpickers. If your looking for a problem pretty soon you will find it.

    As for having a different vision of Disneyland. Thats perfectly ok. Disney, naturally does things differently and in many ways diffrently than how you would do things, but the bottom line is that you are working at Disneyland! You, for just a single summer, year, or even longer are going to have the opportunity to help make someones day at the happiest place on earth even that more special -- thats an opportunity I myself would not pass up!
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      Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

      Originally posted by mainstreetcm View Post
      I love working at the parks so I would totally tell you to do it. Does some of the magic get ruined? Of course. For some reason though when I'm in the park as a guest I never think about all of the action going on backstage. So if your worried about the magic of Disneyland being ruined because all of a sudden you see the backside of Space Mountaine everyday, don't be. It can only be ruined if you let it be ruined in your own mind. Same with the nitpickers. If your looking for a problem pretty soon you will find it.

      As for having a different vision of Disneyland. Thats perfectly ok. Disney, naturally does things differently and in many ways diffrently than how you would do things, but the bottom line is that you are working at Disneyland! You, for just a single summer, year, or even longer are going to have the opportunity to help make someones day at the happiest place on earth even that more special -- thats an opportunity I myself would not pass up!
      I've never been a CM, but that's excellent advice overall. I've been working in TV and Film post production in an ever-increasing capacity for over 10 years now, and I still go see movies at least once a week. And you know what? I'm a lot easier to please than a lot of my friends who aren't in the business. I still like being entertained. I think a lot of it has to do with the experience being what you make it. If you WANT to be there, you'll probably have a good time and good memories. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people who work there for "just a job." Those are probably the ones that are miserable and are LETTING the magic be ruined, if there was any for them in the first place.

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        Originally posted by composerboy View Post
        I've never been a CM, but that's excellent advice overall. I've been working in TV and Film post production in an ever-increasing capacity for over 10 years now, and I still go see movies at least once a week. And you know what? I'm a lot easier to please than a lot of my friends who aren't in the business. I still like being entertained. I think a lot of it has to do with the experience being what you make it. If you WANT to be there, you'll probably have a good time and good memories. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people who work there for "just a job." Those are probably the ones that are miserable and are LETTING the magic be ruined, if there was any for them in the first place.
        Ooooooo! The film post production business. Now I'm uber interested in your job composerboy! lol!

        I like how you say you still like being entertained, because at the end of the day that is what its all about. I love entertainment. I love being part of it and experiencing it. And its totally possible to tell who is just doing something for a 'job' and who truly loves waking up each and every day to go to work. Its more fun to be like the latter!
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          Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

          If you view Disneyland as a "human trap" as you refer to it in the title to your thread then you are already jaded and should not consider working there.

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          • #6
            Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

            Originally posted by mac81962 View Post
            If you view Disneyland as a "human trap" as you refer to it in the title to your thread then you are already jaded and should not consider working there.

            I think the title is intended to be a joke and an attention getter so that people will read the thread.

            Obviously it worked.

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              Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

              my thought on the matter is this: if you are upset on(or about) your job, then find ways,constructive ways to improve the problems that are popping up. go to your cast lead(or any cast lead). talk to all other resort management(including pres. Grier if you can find him). if all else fails, contact the disney company directly and talk to the h.r. department.

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                Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                It's a really fun place to work and none of the magic was ruined for me being able to go back stage.In fact the magic has gotten much stronger for me.

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                • #9
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                  I wasn't a frequent visitor to DL before I got hired here. But since becoming a CM last February, not only has the magic NOT gone from this place, at least for me, it's gotten better. I can't imagine coming to work and not being able to "make magic" each day.

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                    Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                    Originally posted by disneyfan07 View Post
                    my thought on the matter is this: if you are upset on(or about) your job, then find ways,constructive ways to improve the problems that are popping up. go to your cast lead(or any cast lead). talk to all other resort management(including pres. Grier if you can find him). if all else fails, contact the disney company directly and talk to the h.r. department.
                    Again, obviously reaidng the entire OP. They're asking about whether they should apply as a part time CM for summer. There is no issue to talk to anyone "above them" yet.

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                      Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                      Working at DL will be whatever you make of it.

                      Will the magic fade? Did your teaching magic fade after you became a teacher?

                      You'll be ok, and maybe you'll make it as a great CM thread on Micechat.

                      I'm pulling for you.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                        Originally posted by DisneyMouse View Post
                        With winter heading in hard, it got me thinking about summer (mostly because I'm not a fan of the cold). For us that work in Education, our pay is low, but our summers are off. I was thinking of heading down to Southern California and looking at becoming one of the many summertime Disneyland Cast Members.
                        Now the reason I'm thinking about this so very early (apart from the cold) is because as people in Education know, you can't leave your summers unplanned. The sooner you figure out what to do, the better off you'll be.

                        Though I have a few dilemma when it comes to playing with the mouse, inside the wonderful dream that is Disneyland. I'm in hopes that it won't damage the illusion of dream (though a few guests do that for me at times in the park) for the future; or even the present. I would hate to become one of those people who nitpicks the park to death (we all know one or two =P). The other thing is I have a vision of Walt's Disneyland, which my be very differently run on the inside then that which we see on the outside (cast member "playtime" and "happy Micky funtime hour").

                        What would you do? Any "constructive" thoughts welcome!
                        It will be less than you expect.

                        Behind the over-promoted image is a job and hard work.

                        Depending on where you work it will be hot during the summer.

                        You will work long hours for relatively little pay.

                        You will work with some people who have bad attitudes and lousy work-ethics.

                        You will work for some leads and managers who are self-serving a**holes.

                        But there are also warm wonderful people you will meet and there are rewards to be found amongst all the hassles and frustrations.

                        Kinda depends on what you are going there for and what you are willing to settle for.

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                          Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                          Also you can work at the DISNEYLAND RESORT like in the hotels or restaurants, and not have to work IN THE PARK. That way the parks are still playgrounds. If I were an outofstate teacher I'd probably work a summer there as a waiter at Steakhouse 55 for fun.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                            Originally posted by JeffYardDog View Post
                            It will be less than you expect.

                            Behind the over-promoted image is a job and hard work.

                            Depending on where you work it will be hot during the summer.

                            You will work long hours for relatively little pay.

                            You will work with some people who have bad attitudes and lousy work-ethics.

                            You will work for some leads and managers who are self-serving a**holes.

                            But there are also warm wonderful people you will meet and there are rewards to be found amongst all the hassles and frustrations.

                            Kinda depends on what you are going there for and what you are willing to settle for.
                            Well said - in a nutshell, keep perspective. Remember, you are going into an entry-level, hourly job and your peers will be teenagers in their first job. Don't take it too seriously, have fun with it, meet people, and then go back to your regular job. If pay is any kind of issue, then this type of job is obviously not for you (nor would any other entry level, hourly job be).

                            Have fun....

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                              Re: Working in the human trap built by the mouse

                              Originally posted by JeffYardDog View Post
                              It will be less than you expect.

                              Behind the over-promoted image is a job and hard work.

                              Depending on where you work it will be hot during the summer.

                              You will work long hours for relatively little pay.

                              You will work with some people who have bad attitudes and lousy work-ethics.

                              You will work for some leads and managers who are self-serving a**holes.

                              But there are also warm wonderful people you will meet and there are rewards to be found amongst all the hassles and frustrations.

                              Kinda depends on what you are going there for and what you are willing to settle for.
                              Sounds like a lot of jobs I've had...





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