Dark Secrets Disney World Employees Will Never Reveal

By Nick Hadji 11 months ago

1. They Will Fire You Over Anything - Even A Broken Ankle

Image source/ cinemablendLanding a job at Disney World is notoriously difficult, but keeping your spot is ten times harder! Underneath the flawless exterior, these parks are hiding some ugly secrets that they would rather their guests didn't find out about. A Reddit user revealed their friend was fired for eating a piece of popcorn that fell on their shirt and a theme park princess was given the boot over a broken ankle! Talk about strict...Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. It's Vital To Stay In Character...Even If You're Dying!

Image source/PinterestIf you're wearing a Disney costume then you had better make sure to never, EVER break character -even if you are dying! One of the parks scuba instructors who took on the role of 'Water Goofy' was made to agree that in the event he started to drown, he would have to be taken from the area completely before his costume would be removed. CPR wouldn't ever be performed on scene. Crazy, right?

3. Characters In Full Costume Are Banned From Talking!

Image source/ RedditIf you've ever been to Disney World and asked Mickey Mouse for directions, you probably thought he was being ignorant when he didn't respond. But in reality, everyone in full costume is forbidden from talking to anyone! So even if they wanted to they couldn't.

4. Guests LOVE Bringing Their Dead Relatives To The Park!

Image source/ Walt Street JournalNot all Disney World guests come to have fun on the rides and takes selfies with their favourite characters... One of the weirder things Disney employees have grown used to, is the abundance of guests who bring their dead relatives along with them.One Disney begged:
“Please PLEASE leave your cremated loved ones at home. Stop dumping them in Haunted Mansion. They just get vacuumed up and disposed of.”

5. You Will Be Banned For Life!

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If you are caught spreading your loved ones ashes on Disney property then you could find yourself hit with a lifetime ban. Another employee commented:
“You get banned for life for that, and the ashes get cleaned up, or the water gets dumped. If you respect your loved one’s remains, do not do this.”

6. Security Is Always Watching!

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In order to keep the parks safe, Disney has hired more security guards than you could ever imagine, but where are they? These undercover guards are EVERYWHERE and they're dressed like the average tourist to ensure they fit right in so no one will notice them!

7. Characters Are Attacked All The Time!

Image source/ PinterestIt's not just fairytale villains these characters have to worry about, they also have to watch out for the hostile families that come to visit them! Scuffles are a regular occurrence at Disney World and are almost always the result of inpatient parents. An insider even reported that Pluto's leg was broken by a family, after the employee announced she was taking her break.

8. The Water Around The Rides Is Filthy!

Image source/ Theme Part TouristYou should seriously rethink taking a refreshing dip in the water surrounding theme park rides. Aside from there being remnants of passed loved ones floating around in there, the water is also filled with puke and who knows what else. Pretty gross, right?

9. Lines Are Serious Business!

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Waiting in a long queue could quite possibly be the definition of Hell, and if you go to Disney World it's something you have to expect. But be warned, most park goers take queuing very seriously and anyone that cuts in line could end up with a fist in their face!

10. They REALLY Don't Want To Hold Your Baby!

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Taking photos with your fave childhood characters is what going to Disney World is all about, right? But plenty of people take things too far when they hand over their newborns to fully costumed employees! One former Disney cast member shared:“I can’t see [anything] in Goofy let alone other costumes and I’m wearing giant gloves or paws or whatever depending on what character I am. Why would you let me hold your baby? Yeesh!”

11. A Lot Of S*x Goes On Behind The Scenes!

Image source/ showbizcheatsheetIt's not as innocent as it looks. After everyone has left for the evening, things get steamy between the employees who wind down by having a lot of s*x! According to the Disney staff, public s*x in the park grounds and orgies in the College Program dorms happen all the time.

12. There's A Secret Tunnel That Collects Your Rubbish!

Image source/ cinemablendWhile we see the magical side of Disney, we don't see he massive rubbish dumps. All that rubbish the park accumulates daily has to go somewhere and according to an insider, it gets sucked into a secret tunnel underneath the park. We can only imagine the smell!

13. Disney Jail Is A Real Thing!

Image source/ DisneywikiLaugh all you want, but Disney jail is very real - while it may not be as cruel as The Evil Queen's dungeon, it's no walk in the park either. A former member of staff disclosed:“They have a holding place, and on Disney property there is a police station.”

14. Disney Character Cliques!

Image source/ The Disney BlogIt might come as a shock, but not all Disney characters get along! If you are playing the part of one of the OG princesses for example, you may find yourself snubbed by the newer and ''cooler'' princesses like Moana and Elsa! Okurrrr. In the break rooms, these cast members don't even sit near each other. It's like high school all over again!

15. Staff Communicate In Code!

Image source/ CNBCDisney World employees are all about giving guests a magical experience and to make sure that magic never dies, they go as far as to talk to each other in code in the instance of emergencies, i.e. ''balloon'' really means ''blood.'' Nobody wants to hear blood being shouted around.

16. People Are Always Trying To Sneak Their Kids Onto Rides!

Image source/ Wales OnlineWhen it comes to making the decision between keeping your baby safe or going on a roller-coaster, we'd like to hope you'd make the right choice. Unfortunately, plenty of parents try to smuggle their infants onto rides in the most bizarre ways...A Redditor shared:“This couple were trying to ride Space Mountain, and had a black duffel bag. [A crew member] 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,”

17. There Are No Friends And Family Discounts!

Image source/ Disney Food BlogIf you were hoping to bully one of your mates into working at Disney World so you could get a discount on rides, then we're sorry to say - it doesn't work that way. Cast members can get into parks for free whenever they want, but that luxury no longer extends to friends and family!

18. Bad Things DO Happen!

Image source/ Destination tipsBad things do even happen at Disney. Although Disney tries their best to prevent dangerous situations from happening, some things are unavoidable. One busy holiday weekend saw a guest begin stabbing other park goers, in an attempt to escape the crowds!

20. Sexual Harassment Is Commonplace!

Image source/ Inside the magicIf you've ever fantasised about getting it on with a Disney princess then, maybe keep those thoughts to yourself - trust us, the staff at Disney World have heard it all before and they don't want to hear it again. Each day the ladies (and gentlemen) that bring our beloved characters to life have to deal with skeevy comments. Don't be that person guys!

21. The Little Book Of Rules!

Image source/ SFgateKeeping up with the theme parks strict rules is a tall order but don't worry -employees get to carry around a handy, pocket sized book that details all the dos and don'ts of Disney! This way, they can remember them all and use them as a reminder to look at.

22. Staff Have To Know EVERYTHING!

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If you haven't figured it out yet, working at Disney World isn't as easy as standing around and looking good -the staff have to know everything! If a guest asks a question, ''I don't know'' is never an acceptable answer. In the worst case scenarios, staff are allowed to ask their manager for help but it's never recommended.

23. Not Everyone Was A Fan Of Ratatouille!

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We all loved the Disney Pixar's box office hit, Ratatouille -well, maybe not all of us... Back in 2016, Twitter user @hannaahelisee took to social media to express her disgust at finding a real life rat in the dining-room of a Disney World restaurant. She wrote:''pay my college tuition and i'll delete @Disneyland''But what staff won't tell you is that rats are actually a very common sight in the park!

24. Mickey Mouse Is Everywhere -You Just Have To Find Him!

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Forget Where's Wally, finding hidden Mickey Mouse heads around the park is a fun activity the whole family can join in on, yet very few people know about it! It's just like the movies, little glimpses of Mickey are everywhere to see if you pay attention.

25. Graceful Pick-Ups!

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Picking up litter is probably not what Disney cast members had in mind when they first joined the park, but it's one of  the most important skills they learn. Our beloved characters are tasked with picking up after guests and placing litter in one of the many receptacles that are located every 25 feet. Sound easy, right? Unfortunately the staff have to do it without bending over and no one can notice what they're doing!

26. Rewarding Those Who Follow The Rules!

Image source/ Inside the magicIf you find following the rules is taking the fun out of working at Disney, then you only have to remember one, very important thing: those who keep up appearances are generously rewarded. You can enter any park on your day off free of charge and all food, drink and merchandise can be yours at a discounted price!

27. Disney's Animal Kingdom is Underground!

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Disney's Animal Kingdom offers real life animal encounters, but you might not have realised the lodge is several feet underground! While many have speculated this is due to a sinkhole, the real reason is that it provides a better environment for the animals!

28. Working At Disney Is Like Being In The Scouts!

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All staff at Disney must wear lanyards with a minimum of 12 pins attached, (sort of like scouts badges) that many guests attempt to collect! What most people don't realise is that each pin has personal touch added to them by their creator Steven Miller, who over the years has subtly added his children's birthdays, his wife's initials and the time he was born to the badges!

29. Appearances Are Important To Disney!

Image source/ Inside the magicIf being a Disney employee sounds like a dream come true, then you should know you you'll have to sacrifice your creativity. All staff are forbidden from having visible tattoos, have to wear their hair neatly pulled back and must wear only neutral-colored nail polish. For men things aren't much easier, as they have to keep their hair from falling over their ears and keeping a clean shaven face at all times!

30. Bringing Your Character To Life!

Image source/ BlogspotIt isn't enough to just wear the costume, you really have to get into character! The Evil Queen for example must never smile and come across as stand-offish at all times! As with the princesses, they have to be lovely and kind throughout the entire day.

31. There Are No Backstage Passes At Disney!

Image source/ MarcaIf a visitor is spotted heading to a part of the park which is off limits to guests, the cast refers to them as “going backstage”. They will never break the magic by simply admitting a guest found the cafeteria or dressing rooms! Every part has to be magical...

32. Just Keep Smiling!

Image source/ PinterestYour cheeks are starting to hurt and your teeth feel as though they might have actually fused together? Too bad! No one is allowed to quit smiling, not even for a moment! As well as painting on a happy face, staff must also ensure to have perfect posture and refrain from eating anywhere a guest might see them!

33. You Will Never Forget The Parade!

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The Disney parade is as regular as clock work, but plenty of guest still feel the need to ask what time they can expect to see their fave characters marching around the park. According to former employees, the parade route is something they never forget...no matter how hard they try!

34. No Updating Your Followers At Work!

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If you thought working at Disney would be the perfect opportunity to pose for character themed selfies then think again. All staff are forbidden from updating their social media accounts while on the clock! Even when the day is done, the cast members aren't allowed to discuss the details of their roles online!

35. Absolutely No Selfies!

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If you were thinking about ignoring the rules and taking a few sneaky snaps anyway -then consider this your warning! Any staff caught taking selfies on Disney World Property are immediately fired. It is a undebatable rule of Disney. Talk about harsh!

36. The Park Smells Good Enough To Eat!

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Some delicious aromas are sure to capture your interest at Disney World -but where are they coming from? It turns out there are special machines known as Smellitizers, which distribute heavenly smells throughout the park. Main Street for example smells like freshly-bakes cookies. Yum!

37. Romance In The Workplace Happens All The Time!

Image source/ casiolavacationhomesRemember we sad that staff are prone to having very public sex after the park closes for the night? Well, many employees actually fall in love! What better place for romance to blossom than at Disney World -so long as you keep things on the DL that is!

38. We've Got A Code ''V'' Over Here!

Image source/ Mama CheapsAs previously discussed, Disney World has its own (very strange) language which staff use to keep the magic alive. With that in mind, we strongly recommend that if you ever hear talk of the mysterious code ''V'', you avoid the affected area - V is code for vomit!

39. Cast Members Are Always Speeding!

Image source/ OrlandoSentinelThe cast members are always speeding across the park to get where they need to be. While you'd think that Disney employees would be on their best behaviour at all times, many have found themselves pulled over by the parks police for channeling their inner Lightning McQueen!

40. They Only Have Three Days To Learn!

Image source/ PinterestIt might shock you to know that staff are only given three days to learn their new roles! These three days (and nights) are spent with a Disney coach, who teaches them the ins and outs of their character! That's not long to master the perfect character...

41. If A Family Member Dies, You Get A Free Pass!

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It has been rumoured that if someone dies in the park, their family are allowed ''backstage'' where they are given free Disney passes for life! But before you go bumping your granny off just yet, you should know that no one has ever been able to confirm this theory!

42. Staff Used To Share Underwear!

Image source/ Cracked.comYes, you read that right! The unlucky cast members who worked in the park before 2001 had to share undergarments. As a result, many employees complained of contracting lice or scabies from the used underwear. Gross! Thankfully the rules have no changed you'll be relieved to know.

43. The Correct Way To Point!

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There are some historic rules that are still in place today. The unusual rule was created in memory of Walt Disney himself, who just hated when people pointed or gestured with only one finger! For this reason, all employees at Disney must point using two fingers or gesture with an open palm!

44. There Are No Lost Children!

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With Disney World being as busy as it is, it's unsurprising that plenty of children wander off or get accidentally separated from their parents. However, staff will never announce this to be the case. Instead they will say there are ''lost adults'' which prevents opportunistic kidnappers from taking advantage of the chaos.

45. The Secret Store!

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You've heard the saying ''finders keepers''? Well, that's pretty much what happens with the unclaimed items at Disney World! All lost items are placed in the parks secret store, which can then be purchased by members of staff. The best part? All profits go to charity!

46. Learning To Write, The Disney Way!

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Getting your favourite characters to sign your autograph book is one of Disney World's main attractions, which means all cast members must master the art of writing - just as their character would! This might seem easy enough, but can you imagine having to complete this task while wearing a full costume?

47. There's A Whole New World Underneath Disney!

Image source/ CNBCOne of Disney World's best kept secrets is that there are tunnels connecting to different parts of the park...underground! This allows staff to travel to different areas of the park without being spotted by guests. While these tunnels might sound mysterious and exciting, according to insiders they are actually very hot and smelly!

48. The Music Never Stops!

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The staff at Disney also have to listen to the same music on repeat without showing how bored they are of the repetitive songs and acting just as enthusiastic every time. The music never stops, even when the park closes for the night! Talk about repetitive.

49. You Will Never Meet Two Of The Same Character!

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Disney World has worked out a schedule to ensure that you'll never bump into more than one of the same character in the park. In fact, if any two of the same character are seen together they will be fired on the spot! There is no room for giving the magic away at Disney.

50. The Costume Sizes Run REALLY Small!


Some insiders have revealed that Disney's costumes are based on the original 1970s measurements, meaning they run really small. But it's not just clothing size that Disney takes into account when hiring new staff -it's height too! In order to be a Disney Princess for example you need to be between 5’4″ and 5’8″ tall!

51. The Staff Want You To Spend All Of Your Money!

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Staff will seem very helpful when it comes to helping with your shopping trips - one of the main policies they push, is that all items you purchase can be delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room or collected at the front desk. Of course, this is just one way Disney encourages guests to burn through their spending money!

52. Staff Aren't Allowed To Wear Glasses!

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If you weren't blessed with 20/20 vision, then you better hope you remember to pack your contact lenses - if you want to keep your job at Disney, that is! This rule is perhaps understandable for the staff who take on characters each day, but this rule also applies to regular uniformed employees! Crazy, right?

53. Never Take Off The Costume!

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If you thought we were exaggerating before about never taking off the costume, you were wrong! Otherwise it could ruin the effect of reality for children. One employee was physically sick inside the head of his Goofy costume because of this rule -which we can only imagine made him feel ten times worse!

54. Staff Aren't Allowed To Share Which Character They Play!

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Oh and if you do manage to land a role at one of Disney World's theme parks, you can forget telling anyone which character you'll be playing! All cast members are forbidden from sharing such information: even with their friends and family! It's all totally top secret.

55. The Secret Suite In Disney World You'd Kill To Stay In!

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Located within the castle is a stunning Gothic hotel suite - which offers 24-hour room service, stunning stained glass windows and a pumpkin shaped elevator! The room itself was designed specially for Walt Disney and his family to stay in, but it is now offered as prize for some lucky competition winners. Sign me up!

56. Some Rides Can Be Dangerous!

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If snapping crocs aren't you're thing, then we would seriously recommend that you avoid the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride! Despite warnings from the drivers, some guests try to lean over the sides to get a better view of the creatures - but be warned, those who fall out are left swiftly behind. All drivers are instructed to drive away as quickly as possible if a passenger falls out to save the other visitors from witnessing them become lunch!

57. Have A Disney Day!

Image source/ China DailyAlthough staff have to be cheerful and polite at all times, they have invented a special way of getting back at the guests who are rude to them. When a staff member says ''have a Disney day'' what they really mean is ''go screw yourself''.

58. You'll Never Meet Beast If You Don't Make A Reservation!

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Beauty and the Beast fans will be disappointed to know that Beast is one character that is never seen walking around the park! In fact, your only hope of ever meeting Beast is to book a reservation at the Be Our Guest Restaurant, but you better hurry - tables are usually snapped up 180 days in advance!

59. Complaining Will Get You Disney Dollars!

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One thing Disney World really doesn't want you to know is that complaining about your experience to members of staff is an easy way to get Disney dollars! Staff want your experience to be as positive and happy as possible so they are more than willing to throw some free theme park cash at you. Just make sure you complain to a member of staff not in costume, you can't expect Goofy to whip out his wallet and make it rain. They have to stay in character, remember?

60. Rude Guests Go On The Naughty List!

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Those that do complain about their experience or are rude to staff in any way end up on the ''naughty'' list, which usually means they won't be treated as generously on their next visit to the park! Which is not something that any of us want to happen.