While the pins themselves are not free, you can trade the pins you don’t like or want with cast members for FREE! All Walt Disney World cast members wear a lanyard or have a pouch filled with various Disney pins. When guests ask to trade pins with them, they have to do so (as long as your pin is an official Disney pin and in good condition. See rules here). Also, if you are at the right place at the right time, you may find a guest who is a “Disney Pin Enthusiast” willing to trade as well!
On my last trip to Walt Disney World with the C-man we left with FREE Mickey stickers stuck to everything! We had them on our stroller, clothes, books, camera bag, balloons and more. It seems like everywhere we went, a cast member was handing C-man stickers. The cast members had access to rolls and rolls of Mickey stickers. Most were of Mickey’s head or Mickey waving. Some cast members would just peel it off and stick it on his shirt. Others would unroll 4-5 and tear them off. Still others would unroll 10-15 and hand them to us!
Be on the lookout for FREE Mickey or Disney stickers from cast members. One way to get your share of stickers is to engage in conversation with cast members. You can also find stickers at the Disney Vacation Club booths. If you don’t get any handed to you, but you really want one/ some, just ask. I’m sure they will be more than happy to give you some… or you can email me! I have a ton I can mail to you! 😉
Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.
|Amy is on the right! 🙂|
I am an Account Coordinator at blr|further, an advertising agency in Birmingham and have been there for about four months now. I’m also uniquely a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Alabama … although orange and blue run through my veins (War Eagle!).
I applied for the Disney College Program while I was a sophomore at Auburn and was accepted to begin in Fall 2009. The program gives you a few options of what you can do like Attractions, Food & Beverage, Merchandise, etc. but that’s really the only say so I had in the matter. My second day there I learned that I was assigned to the Star Tours ride which initially was a disappointment because I had never seen a single Star Wars movie (To this day, I still haven’t seen one from start to finish!). But after a few days into it, I slowly began to love it.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character and why?
What was your favorite part of working at Star Tours?
I can’t pick just one. I had least have three favorites:
1. Photocell – which is the position where you send people to a certain sim; one of the positions where you ask “How Many?”. For some reason that was so fun to me. If I was lucky, I’d have my friends working the sims next to me, and we could chit chat in between rounds.
2. Tower– the little bitty room with all the cameras. You sit and watch the monitors and make sure everything is okay and that no one is taking video or making out in the sim or throwing up. Tower is where all the lost and found articles would go. It’s where you reboot sims when they break down. When you’re in Tower, it’s like your controlling the whole operation. It’s awesome. Such a powerful feeling.
3. Greeter – standing outside of the ride and “greeting” guests in. It was that position where I got all the same questions every single day: Where’s the closet bathroom? What time is the 3 o’clock parade? Is this going to make me throw up? What is this ride? How long’s the wait? Where are the fastpasses? Is it really a 45 minute wait?. Yup, but again … I loved having all the answers and meeting new people and being outside (although I will say I’ve never been so hot in my entire life. Parachute pants and Florida heat don’t mix real well)
What is your favorite memory of that job?
I was working the Jedi Training Show one afternoon … in the show, the Jedi Master picks a handful of kids to come up on stage and learn how to become a Jedi. When it comes time to choose them, all the kids jump up and down and wave their arms in the air to be chosen. But I had noticed over time that the kids who simply raised their hand and didn’t act crazy were oftentimes the ones that got picked the most.
I was making conversation with a sweet family right before a show started. They had a little boy dressed in Star Wars gear and a little girl dressed like a Princess who couldn’t care less about the show. She was more into her baby doll. But I got down face to face with the little boy and told him that when it comes time to be picked, he just needs to raise his hand and don’t jump and down and he’ll get picked. Probably shouldn’t have promised him that, looking back on it. But low and behold … the Jedi Master chose him to participate and the little boy learned how to become a Jedi that day.
After the show was over, the parents approached me and hugged me, wished me luck with the rest of my college career, and told me they’d remember what I did for their little boy for the rest of their lives.
Hands Down. Favorite Memory.
Did you ever work a Star Wars Weekend? What was it like?
Never got to. I was there from August – January and Star Wars Weekend is in May. I have been to one before … it’s insane. Absolutely insane.
What tips do you have for Star Wars fans headed to Hollywood Studios or Star Wars Weekend?
Be prepared to meet thousands of your best friends who honestly might be bigger Star Wars fans that you are. There are some extremely dedicated Star Wars people out there. It’s borderline frightening.
And if you have kids who want to participate in the Jedi show, there’s always raising your hand quietly tip 🙂
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magik Mouse.
Last February when my husband and I were at Walt Disney World without our boys it was quite a different experience! I never once reached out to grab a small hand or had to carry a kid on my back to make sure they stayed with us and I never had to do a “head count” to make sure everyone was together! But what we did experience was seeing a small girl, around the age of 8, panic and begin crying because she had lost her grandmother. I immediately went to the girl and asked if she was lost while Jonathan went to find a cast member. I asked where she last saw her grandmother and what her grandmother was wearing. She couldn’t answer either question. I’m sure she was terrified and couldn’t even think straight at this point. Once the cast member arrived, we stood back and stayed out of the way. I did stick around long enough to see the girl reunited with the grandmother though!
What a nightmare! Can you imagine losing you child at Walt Disney World? I can’t. I hurt for those families who have ever been through this. In thinking about how horrified I would be, I thought I would share some thoughts on how to, hopefully, prevent this from happening. And, if it did happen, a few tips to help speed up the process of finding the lost child.
Next, we walked around some more and found a few “hidden treasures” at
DHS MGM. First we found the “do not pull” rope outside of Indiana Jones. Yes, we pulled! Then we found the Toilet Paper Tree on the Streets of America. Next, we found the umbrella from “Singing in the Rain” near the Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show. I also finally found one of the survey markers at MGM and took a picture, but I’m not posting it since I already have so many photos! After we walked around, met Phineas and Ferb, Jake and some others, we made our way to Epcot.