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MousePlanet Mailbag for Thursday, October 28, 2004
Hi Linda Unfortunately, the professional process is not as easy as the hourly one. Your best bet is to go to Disneycareers.com. and click on job search and see what is open in the areas you want to work. For jobs at TDA, you need to submit a resume and sometimes a cover letter. If they are interested, they will contact you. If you send it via e-mail, you will get a confirmation e-mail. If you send it by fax or mail, you will get a postcard. Even if they don't hire you for what you applied for, they do keep your resume on file.
William Shandling writes:
Thank you William!
I'm glad you are enjoying it. I hope it helps all who are applying or want to apply in the future. Stay in schoola degree is always a good thing.
When you get to college, you can look into the WDW College Program (which will be discussed in a upcoming column).
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact us at the Shoshana here.
Even as Hurricane Frances was bearing down on Florida, people were riveted in reading Mike's first-hand account of his stay at Walt Disney World during Hurrican Charley in Charley, the Mouse, and Me (parts 1 and 2).
Leslie Meister writes:
Hi Leslie Thank you for the kind words. I think it's human nature to be glued to something like television reports of hurricanes and other disasters. It was quite an interesting experience for me to see first-hand how Floridians and WDW handle hurricanes.
Thanks for the note.
Hi Michelle My guess is that the Hurricane Charley relief fund will also cover those cast members who were hit hard by Frances as well.
Thanks for the note.
Tate Calvert writes:
Hi Tate I'm sorry to say that you cannot buy my book because there isn't one, although the thought has crossed my mind. If you are looking for some WDW trivia I would point you to Disney World Trivia (link) where you would get a jump start into the world of interesting facts and figures on Walt Disney World. And as far as a book goes.....hmm.
Thanks for the note.
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact us at the Mike here.
If you haven't had a chance, you might want to go take a look at the article I wrote about the marathon experience. You can find it here: Hopefully that'll give you an idea of what it's like.
If you're trying to avoid crowds during that time, keep in mind that the reason they have the marathon then is because it's one of the slowest times of the year. The marathon will bring an additional 30,000 participants plus family, but that should still make very little impact in the big picture... especially on Sunday, when everyone will be doing the actual event.
It appears they do the cheerleading thing about the same time, so that's something to keep in mind. If you avoid the value resorts, though, you should be OK; it appears that's where they are housed.
Does that help?
Amanda wrote back:
Good question! There will be a fair number of people from either the local Florida area or the general Southeast region, who drive in on Saturday, and depart late Sunday or Monday. Many others come to the event with their family and make a vacation of it. That said, I think most people (at least the experienced ones) will choose to arrive close to the event... perhaps Friday or so, rather than show up early.
This is because of a couple of theories:
1: Both the marathon and half-marathon require tapering off of hard exercise building up to the event. They will probably not want to arrive early and have to walk around all day and tire out their feet before the event.
2: Those who run the event will be pretty tired, and will probably not want to have to fly home right away if they can spare the extra few days for vacationing.
I don't know what the parks are like the week building up to the marathon. That's because I don't want to have to walk around all day and tire my legs when I should be resting. Those I've spoken to who have vacationed and visited the parks beforehand, though, have all told me without exception that they wished they rested instead (as I do).
I see quite a few marathon participants on the Monday and Tuesday after the event. I know, because they are usually wearing their finisher's medals around their necks. [One lady asked me where I could buy my 'pin lanyard' with the Mickey medal on it!] That's generally an encouraged thing, not only because they earned it, but because the cast members are wonderful to recognize the achievement. You will also see quite a few folks wearing finisher's T-shirts as well. That said, I don't know that there were enough of them to make the parks seem overcrowded.
In all honesty, the only time you'll feel the impact is if you decide to visit Epcot in the morning and early afternoon on Sunday. The marathon route goes through World Showcase and through the center of Future World (past Spaceship Earth) and they rope the route off, so it's a bit of a disruptionespecially before noonwhen you can't cross the path willy nilly. Let me tell you... by the time the participants have run 25 miles, they do not want to trip over a stroller pushed by an inattentive park-goer.
Other parks also have routes marked off, but by the time the park-goers start showing up, the only other park that you might notice an impact is Animal Kingdom, since the route goes through the major walkways.
In my opinion, I think it might be fun if you join the crowd in cheering people on. You'll have the run of all the parks after the official cut-off time in the early afternoon, anyway. In the meantime, consider plopping yourself onto a spot along the walkway in World Showcase or other route locations. We'll try to publish the key spectator viewing spots in our Park Update: WDW column as it gets closer to the event.
Hi Bill October 14 is a Thursday, so I'm really surprised that all three hotels are booked.
If you are OK with a smaller motel format, there are a good cluster of them across the street from the pedestrian entrance of the resort, on Harbor Boulevard.
They include: Best Western Park Place Inn & Suites (which we try to stay in because they are the closest), Park Vue Inn, Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites, Best Western Anaheim Inn, and the Tropicana Inn & Suites.
I suggest you go to the Anaheim Visitor Industry Web site's map page (link) and take a look at their area hotel map (they are in PDF format so you can print them out) to find out their exact locations. If you are a AAA member, you might consider having them find a room for you in one of those neighboring inns. While they're at it, they might be able to even find room for you in one of the on-property resorts, even if they show as being sold out to the general public.
Good luck, and have a wonderful trip!
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact us at the Lani here.
Hi Jim Back in June 2001, Disney's Web site said:
I'm not sure if they followed through on it, though a Hovercraft part was seen at Backlot Express at the Studios. I'm pretty certain that parts of the attraction went home with Imagineers and other folks, as well.
That's the best info that I can give you.
Hi Ellen I was actually just talking about you folks to someone. We were discussing sharing the Magic, and I mentioned how you had had problems with the child swap at Test Track with Buck being unable to ride, and we just happened to have that extra reride pass (that had been passed along by another reader). It was a very easy decision to pass it along so that Buck could get another shot at riding. I'm glad that he finally got on, despite the ride shut-down.
My birthday trip was really great. I got to do a number of things that we usually skip when we have kids with us, and it was fun to have a guys' weekend. Of course, I also love going with my wife and son when possible.
I'm glad you're enjoying the History of the World series. I've taken a little time off to cover some other topics, but the series should continue again at the end of October or mid-November after the other stories have run.
Thanks for checking in, say hi to Buck and the kids, and enjoy your trip!
On Mark's Business of Magic article, Lame Duck, about Michael Eisner (link), Owen writes:
Thanks, Owen! While I think that it's got a good outlook to it, it remains to be seen what the Board thinks, since that's whose opinion matters. We'll just have to wait and see, and handicap it from the sidelines.
Thanks for writing!
Daniel Rose writes:
1. There are a couple of possibilities here. The first one is that Eisner figured that he could still control the board, and that he'd convince them to not replace him until his contract ran out. By announcing early, he would take whatever wind remained out of the sails of the movement to replace him, since many people would hear that he was leaving and not push for him to leave sooner. The other one is that he saw the handwriting on the wall, that the board was going to do something to replace him, and wanted to put his spin on it.
If they replace him in June (or next fall, after a transition), it's now because they were trying to complete a smooth transition, rather than kicking him out. Either way, as long as he lasts through the end of this fiscal year, he'll get a huge bonus based on the stock's gain during the fiscal year, which will bump up his kiss-off bonuses. I wonder if that came into play in the decision to change the bonus formula.
2. Jobs is listed simply because the handicappers in the major media consider him to be a viable candidate. In many analyses, Jobs is one of the top candidates. Also, the Save Disney forces have also come out saying that Jobs would be on their short list of people that they'd like to see running the company. Personally, I'd rather see John Lasseter than Jobs, as he's a better creative storyteller, though Jobs is strong in the visionary area. My biggest concern about Jobs is the ego factor. Disney needs someone who understands the business, knows what Disney means to people, and is willing to put the company's good above their own. It's the third one on which I have the biggest concern about Jobs.
Oh, and the next History column won't be until late October or early November. I've got a great two-parter coming before that on an attraction that was designed for the legendary Beastlie Kingdomme land that was originally intended to be built at Animal Kingdom.
Thanks for writing.
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Liz Willis writes:
Joshua Atkinson writes:
Hi Melinda As long as you purchase regular tickets that do not have expiration dates, you will have no trouble purchasing them now. In fact, by doing so, you will be able to get into the park for the price you paid for your ticket today, in case they increase admission prices next year. That is, they will not make you pay the difference when you get there. It doesn't matter if the ticket gets a different look for next year; what matters is that the ticket you buy today will still get you in through the gate.
Do be aware, however, that there are occasionally special promotion tickets that have expiration dates on them. Disneyland was offering a few of those this summer. But if you were to go to a Disney Store or AAA office (or any travel agent) to obtain your tickets now, you can just tuck them in a safe place and use them next year.
Hi Shawna Thanks for taking the time to write! You must be very excited and looking forward to visiting Disneyland for its 50th anniversary. You're quite right that Disney started taking reservations earlier than usual. I suspect many accommodations are selling out quickly for that time period.
You are also right about the park closing its gate to new attendees on extremely busy days. Although it doesn't happen too often, some holidays and special events add so many folks through the turnstile that they shut the gates to all but those who are staying on-property. So you were smart to stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel; you will be ensured admission into the park even after they start turning people away midday.
Have a wonderful trip!
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