Walt Disney World is the happiest place on earth… at least for visitors. But is it still all magic and rainbows and pixie dust behind the curtains? A former Disney employee took to Reddit to spill the secrets.
A Redditor claiming to have worked at Disney World for over 25 years answered questions on the Ihaveanotheridentity AMA about what happens behind the scenes at Walt Disney World. During his Disney tenure, he held positions in almost every department, from Guest Relations to the Character Department (where he played characters like Goofy). So if anybody knows the dirty secrets of the Disney parks, it’s this guy.
Before launching into the AMA, he warned readers: “This post is not for those who wish to preserve the Disney Magic.”
Turns out that there’s some truth to the rumor that character doubles are definitely not allowed to be spotted together.
Our Disney insider told us that it’s not a total disaster if character doubles end up in the same place — as long as it’s by accident. They could get fired, however, if they purposely planned on being in the same area.
Guess what’s clique-ier than your high school cafeteria? The Disney Park break rooms, because princesses can be super catty, apparently.
This Redditor claims that the “'cool' princesses (Elsa and Anna) sit on one side and make eyes at the 'old' characters (Snow and Poppins).” Dramaaaa. These ladies may need some reminding that they’re only pretending to be princesses.
Apparently, some visitors have some pretty weird requests for the characters.
“A guy once asked me to choke him for a picture,” claims our Disney veteran. He also said that he refused to choke the guy, because it’s probably against the rules for a Disney character to choke a guest. Just guessing.
Yes, being a Disney character at one of the parks may seem like an ideal gig for a furry, but our Redditor was quick to clarify the misconception that the park is filled with furries: “Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t many furries in the character department. I know there are a few (I knew one of them) but it’s not something that’s out in the open for sure.”
This guy worked at Disney World for 25 years; so was this loyal Disney employee making some serious dough? Nah. He was making “$15 an hour with 25 years of seniority.” But hey, most of these characters don’t do it for the money alone. They do it for the magic of Disney.