MousePlanet Mailbag for Thursday, November 4, 2004
We receive considerable feedback regarding our site. Although we cannot
publish them all, the following may be of interest to our readers.
Shoshana's four-part series on Working for the Mouse (read
and 4) received
a number of comments and queries from our readers. Matt writes:
Hello, I have enjoyed your stories on Working for the Mouse,
but I would like to comment on something I've noticed from applying
with Disney four times. I've noticed that you don't always have to be
the best or most qualified for the postion in the group interviews.
You just need to be the best out of what they choose.
Hi Matt Excellent observation. I think the two go together. Many
times a person can be very qualified, but might not be able to put in
the hours. It is always the luck of the draw. A medium-qualified person
might be selected from a group of three where the other two had no clue.
But if you put that same person in another group where the other two are
very qualified, her/she might not stack up as well. The best thing to
do is be confident, dress to impress, speak clearly and make it clear
that you want to work for them.
Hi there. This probably isn't the type of message you had in mind but
I'm hoping you might be able to help with something. I'm a WDWCP Alum
(EPCOT/Studios) and am currently the Marketing and Promotions Director
at Radio Disney Phoenix. I'm looking for part timers to help out with
our weekend events. I'd like to get more of that Disney Magic on our
team and think that a great way to do so would be to get some CP Alumni
from the Phoenix area on staff. Do you have any ideas how I could identify
such individuals? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Hi Carl You are in luck. I checked and there is a Web site for
former members of WDWCP called DisneyAlumni.com (link).
All you have to do is register yourself and you can access all the info
I wish there was one for those of us who did it at Disneyland.
Good luck on your searchI hope it works! BTW, if you ever wanted
to share your tales from WDWCP with our MousePlanet readersI'm sure
they'd love to hear them.
Hi! How old do you have to be to work at Walt Disney World?
Hi Brad I called the jobline and was told the age minimum for
some positions is 16everything else is 18. If you call the jobline,
(407) 828-1000, you can find out about specific roles and what is available
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Leslie Meister writes:
Another enjoyable read ! Agreed with your opinions re Poly parking
and California Grill - long felt the same way. And, I could not believe
when we exited SE on our trip last month that we entered the totally
dark Global Neighborhood - come on people ! Lots of good info which
I'm happy to have for our upcoming trip on Halloween. Please, please
keep these articles coming.
Hi Leslie I hope you find use for some of those tips.
Assuming you attend the Mickey Not So Scary Hallowwen Party (MNSSHP)
I want you to pay attention to the ride of the Headless Horseman during
The real star is the horse who from what I've been told has been doing
this for 15 years and thankfully knows the routine. You see, the cast
member riding the horse has a tiny slit to look out through and depends
upon that horse to go the route during every party.
Debra Beller writes:
You wrote (in the Walt
Disney World Tip Update article): If you shop in Mouse Gear, check
out the decor of the store. There is a particular spot in this store
that is the home for a very recognized object from a much-loved attraction.
So who will be the first to drop me a note to tell me what that object
Answer: its the Dreamfinder's vehicle/bike-like thing from the original
ride at the Journey into Imagination pavilion.
Hi Debra Nice job. You are correct.
I think that we will constantly see attraction recycling
as the WDW theme parks go through transitions.
I could tell you where more of these recycled objects are but I'm working
on that for a future article.
Stewart Dimon writes:
Your column on WDW Tips was great. After a 10 day visit this past June
(first visit in 6 years) I can concur with a lot of what you said. For
me, one of the worst things that I can see in a Disney Park is
an unused facility (Adventureland Veranda (MK); Wonders of Life in Epcot;
Odyssey Restaurant in Epcot. I also don't get Disney's Animal
Kingdom park (like a lot of folks)a train around the entire park
would helpas would a lot more Indoor Facilities (e.g. Restaurants).
I enjoyed the food at the Flame Tree BBQ, but the facility is way
too spread out, and there are no Indoor (hence air conditioning)
options there. The focus is on the animals, but they are Nahtazuum,
ok... so what are they then? A wild animal park? I'm not sure. And I
wonder about the addition of the "Everest Expedition" Attractionsure,
it will be great for those who love a wild Roller Coaster Experience,
but I can get that at my local 6-Flags or Paramount ParkI go to
Disney for more than just the thrill rides (OK - - I do like Big Thunder,
and Splash Mountainbut Rock 'n' Roller Coaster; Twilight Zone
Tower of Terror and attractions of that type are generally
a little too over the top for my liking.
Hi Stew I think we all know what we are spending for admission
to the parks so is it not too much to expect that the parks would be operating
at close to 100%?
I think that an admission adjustment should be made when a certain percentage
of attractions are down.
In the early '90s Universal Studios Florida gave away free admission
due to the trouble they had with some attractions.
The Animal Kingdom Park has truly become an enigma. A theme park should
not have something like Dino-rama... that's for amusement parks.
It is a zoo? Well sorta... animals in pens and cages. But it's also an
animal park because of the Savannah.
So what's the connection with an attraction named Expedition Everest
and a theme Park named Disney's Animal Kingdom? Obviously
there has to be an animal involved...and it's supposed to be a Yetti.
So does this mean that the Animal Kingdom will have an area that will
concentrate on animals from mythology or legend? Possibly. With attendance
hurting they need something to draw the crowds.
The imagineers need to remember the word theme from theme
park. Their imagineering and theming skills are legendary... thrill
rides are easy to invent... themed attractions is what Disney is all about.
I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your recent tip
update. I found many tidbits of info that will really serve me, my husband,
and my parents well on our (quickly!) up-coming trip. Yes, some things
were disappointing to read, but I would rather be let down now than
when I have already gotten really excited about it.
I really enjoyed the column and look forward to the next one, even
though it will be after my trip. Thanks for helping up the anticipation!
Hi Maggie Thanks for the note.
Sometimes I struggle with sharing some information because the info is
not always positive information.
However I think it's important to be as best prepared as possible for
Ho many times have you gone somewhere and at one point started out a
sentance with, Well if I had known that... and had to make
adjustments right then and there?
I don't like certain surprises so I'm guessing that others feel the same.
Have a great trip.
Kathryn McKinney writes:
Thank you for your Web site. Any and all information prior to a Disney
trip is helpful.
May I speak to the Disney buses, please. How do they get away with
this? How is it that Disney is allowed to literally jam people
on to buses and barrel down the highway at 60 miles an hour with men,
women and children, small children and even infants, hanging on, if
they are in fact able to hang on, for dear life? Has there never been
a discussion about this? I find it reprehensible and downright frightening.
I hate to be on those full buses.
While we discuss full buses. What has happened to common courtesy and
respect? Able bodied men, young men and young women as well as famillies
with several young children sitting in individual seats rather than
on a parents' lap, sitting while elderly, women or the very young stand
and attempt to hold on while juggling strollers, packages, etc. What
are we becoming? Has anyoneone any thoughts about this?
Hi Kathryn There will always be a chance that taking a bus in
Walt Disney World will get you a less than desireable driver and a less
than desireable bus full of guests.
I remember riding the busses 14 years ago and my wife remarked how at
the end of a long day at the parks everyone is looking for a seat.
Sometimes fatigue shoves courtesy right out the window.
It was right then and there that I decided to never be without
a car in WDW so my family would always have a seat after a long
When a guest takes a WDW bus he basically gives control over to the bus
driver. I try to maintain as much control as possible when visiting WDW.
Penny Rushing writes:
I read your update.. very informative!
I am planning my trip to Disney for my family for our very first trip
ever, and I am trying to decide when the best time to go would be.
I am thinking possibly January?
I have been doing research via books and internet and it seems that
Jan has the smallest crowds and cheapest prices to stay. I have one
child and he is 9. If I am going to pull him out of school for a week
to go, I want it to be well worth the trip. I know that we probably
will not be able to do the water parks.. and that is ok. I would really
rather focus on the parks themselves.
Do you have any suggestions?? I am really kind of just going blind
Thank you for any feedback you can supply.
Hi Penny I always maintain that anyone planning a trip to WDW
should always customize the trip to best suit their vacation needs.
If you go in January my suggestion would be to go sometime during the
second half of the month.
Please note that the WDW Marathon is on January 9th and the crowds may
be high the week before or week after this event.
Keep in mind that going in the off season could mean some attractions
and shows may not be running. If you have several targeted attractions
to experience you may run the risk of them being down for maintenance.
It is so difficult to predict the weather for January. My guess is that
most of the time the daytime temperatures will be between 50 and 70 but
there's no guarantee.
If you are looking for both light crowd periods and lowest prices (and
by lowest prices I am talking about on-site resorts) consider the following
2005 time periods:
Jan. 1st February 16th
Nov. 27th December 19th
August 21 September 30th
You will probably get the best prices and lowest crowds for these three
You will see the lowest crowds in January but also probably the highest
number of down attractions.
Second to January is November, although you have the added Christmas
Late August will give you the best opportunity to have the best of both
worlds, and if you can time it right, no schooltime will be missed.
A family of three can nicely enjoy a room at Pop Century. The value is
outstanding so keep that resort in mind.
Again, do what's best suits your needs, and if stuck you know where I
liveerhwhere I read my mail.
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Steve B. writes:
Why are all of the new rides coming out of Florida? I thought Disneyland
was where everything started. Disneyland needs to be first, when it
comes to changes and or New ideas.!!
I cannot understand why Tommorrowland is so weak looking.When will
The disney company come back to leading technology in future ideas,
not the latest and greatest film.
Hi Steve A lot of people feel the way you do, Steve.
I also wouldn't complain about their latest and greatest movies. While
Disney did very well with Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean last
year, they have yet to have that same level of hit in any of their movie
releases this year.
After we ran a several comments from readers (link)
who were critical of our coverage of the accidents at Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad as well as David Koenig's article about his negative experience
with a 60 Minutes researcher from CBS, we were pleasantly
surprised to get email providing some support for what we did. Brian
Great respect to you for the way you have handled the latest assault
of mad readers. I am not sure how I would have handled some of the letters
you so graciously responded to. If readers want to get into a huff over
a breaking story that may need a few facts figured out as you go along,
then let them also freak out over such unreviewed evidence that some
major television stations did not properly check out. News is not complete
sometimes and needs to be updated and corrected when necessary. I have
seen corrected information on this site before and it is simply a matter
of the world needing to know all the information right now.
In the latest Mailbag, a reader, D. Proctor, stated in regards to guests
being worried, unhappy etc. about Disneyland. His statement, ...then
don't go. It's that simple! I agree completely; but they need
to let Disneyland know whay they have changed plans. Yes Disneyland
is owned by a corporation, but that corporation still wants you to come
back often. They will listen if everyone tells them what is on their
Lani, I love to read your responses. Not only do you continue to be
analytical and fair; but your responses make the writers think about
their anger and re-think their facts. I have been visiting
MousePlanet for a year or so and love everything I find here. Keep up
the great work on the site and don't ever let anyone get you down.
Hi Brian Cut it out. You're making me blush.
Thanks for your comments. It brightened my day.
Kevin O'Neal writes:
I've never seen so many attack letters aimed at MousePlanet before.
I have to commend you for your boldness in printing them. I've been
attacked for petty little things in my mickeynews articles, but some
of these letters really take the cake! Kudos to you for printing them
and for proving to us all that it takes all kinds! And, by the
way, I'm a big fan of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I sit in the front
and in the back. I totally trust the Disney team, from those
on the front lines to those behind the scenes. I think some people need
to get a grip!
Greetings Lani. Please excuse me if this is known info.
I am guessing you may have already received this. While reading 'mailbag'
this morning I remembered some deaths that occurred at Magic Mountain.
here is something I pulled off this site (link).
Magic Mountain has not always had smooth sailing. With recent talks
to safety going around, a interesting fact is Magic Mountain has had
a total of 5 deaths over the years. Revolution and Mountain Express
both claimed employees, we all know of the infamous Colossus incident
[a over weight woman fell out of her seat on one of the camel backs,
which were later modified], a man died on Eagles Flight [skyway type
ride] after knocking has car loose, and last years incident on Goliath.
While it sounds high, keep in mind that only 3 guests have died at the
park in the last 31 years.
Thanks to all the staff for all the good reading I get on MousePlanet.
Hi Rusty Thank you so much for sending me this info. Five deathsnot
every day but it's definitely not a completely clean slate.
Hiya, there was a e-mail today about accidents at Magic Mountain and
just wanted to share a site that is trying to keep updated on such happenings.
themeparkinsider.com im not affilliated with it, just a fan. magic doesnt
sseem to have a higher than normal number of fatalaties, mostly stupid
people or someone with a prior ailment (aneurysm, etc.) anyways, just
wanted to share in case you were interested
Hi Marci You're rightmy general impression is that Magic
Mountain may be typical of what you might find at a large amusement park.
Thanks for taking the time to write!
I just finished reading some of the letters regarding the reopening
of BTM at Disneyland. I was at the park the day after the attraction
reopened and was the first in line. After being walked through the line,
I proceeded to the front car and had a great ride. I spoke with a Big
Thunder Mountain Cast Member before the ride opened for the day and
he mentioned he had ridden it a number of times since its reopening.
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