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Thanks to the totally rad ex-Disney worker on Imgur who posted these hilarious and insightful memes.

Moments like this were what made the job amazing.

Disney will never charge guests if they break something in a Disney shop. It just goes in a bin in the back and then goes to "Property Control." We can buy things at a huge discount. Sometimes it's just that a seam is a little worn or someone got a tiny bit of chocolate on a shirt.

The characters are the characters. And asking me things like this while surrounded by children is extremely unacceptable.

Story time! They tell us this fact in training the first day you work. When Disneyland first opened it was a mess. And Walt wasn't sure what to do. So he watched people. After about 22.5 feet people will drop their trash on the ground. So, he arranged for trash cans to be placed roughly every twenty feet, so people can always throw away their trash in a close location.

Magic Kingdom averages about 50,000 guests a day. Spring break, Late May through Early August and Christmas time are the worst. February and October are the slowest. But it is always busy. ALWAYS.


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Disney may have speakers throughout the park. But there's no PA system that we use of any kind. We have recorded messages that we play through all the speakers at times, but it's not like we have a booth with a microphone or anything like that. However, security is EVERYWHERE. And there are radios and cameras EVERYWHERE. If someone is truly lost we can find them quick. Also, the kids are never lost. It's always a case of "Lost Parents." Helps ease the kids a lot when you say, "Did your parents get lost?" Kids know right where they are, they're at Disney World. But pesky parents wander all over the place.

Any outside shows or parades get cancelled if the rain comes in. And if there's lightning they have to wait at least an hour sometimes more if it's seen anywhere near the area. We'll sometimes add additional shows and MK has started doing a "rain parade where some characters are on a few covered cars that go through the park with a few "rain songs" from Pooh and different things. It's small and cute and better than nothing when wanting a parade.

Universal in Orlando may have some cooler things now. But they're still crap. Their customer service is non existent. Their employees mostly consist of people who got fired or quit Disney because they did something completely uncalled for or unacceptable. And they do not hold themselves to any sort of standard. To make it even worse, they still have access to Marvel characters for like forever in Orlando and Disney can't do anything. Which sucks.

It's Disney World. You know everything's going to be expensive. Come on.

We have rules for returns just like any other store would. And most likely my manager is going to have my back and tell you to go away. They have bigger things to deal with.


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We have "costumes" we wear and mine at Magic Kingdom was a four piece outfit made of like wool or something. It was unbearable and I can't count how many times I almost passed out during the summer months.

I never understood this. It's going to take you at least half an hour to get out of the park. Then it's at least (and this is best case scenario) an hour to any airport even remotely close by. Then you have to go through security. Which if going through Orlando, is going to take an hour at best.

I always wanted to try to date a princess, because I mean who doesn't. They're all really awesome and ridiculously beautiful.

Side note, most of the Princes I knew were gay, good news for the fellas, bad news for the ladies.

There is, only has been and only ever will be ONE MICKEY MOUSE. PERIOD. And again don't ask me this when we are surrounded by children. What type of monster are you?

Biggest pet peeve of mine is when people ask about things that are totally not Disney and get upset when I would say they're not Disney.

Dreamworks = Not Disney

Nickelodeon = Not Disney

Harry Potter = Not Disney

Sea World = Not Disney

Marvel = .... It's complicated.


More Disney cast member confessions on the very next page. How neat is that?!!

Story Time! Back in the 80's and 90's when Marvel was selling off characters like crazy, they gave Universal Studios the right to use their Characters in any park east of the Mississippi. The Contract states that every Marvel Character displayed or used in rides, Meet and Greets and other aspects at the Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure Park can only be at Universal parks east of the Mississippi until the contract is finished. With no end date listed exactly. Because of this after Disney bought Marvel they couldn't throw the Marvel Characters into Disney World Parks in Florida. (But they can sell merchandise.) California and all other current Disney Parks are fair game though. On the bright side as more movies come out expanding the Marvel Universe, less of said characters are at Universal. Which is why Star Lord and Gamora made appearances as Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Again, Spring Break, crazy busy.

Big rule at Disney. Everyone is to be treated equally and everyone is just a normal person. Celebrities are on vacation just like everyone else, and while they do usually go the VIP tour route to kind of help hide and get around easily at the parks, they're still regular people trying to enjoy Disney World. But man it's hard not to freak out sometimes.

Personal Story Time! There are multiple break rooms in the tunnels under Magic Kingdom and then there's one big cafeteria. One of my first few days working at MK I went and got lunch at the cafeteria. Usually this is where the characters go for breaks. And here's the thing, the princesses have to take their big dresses off so they don't get anything on them. Underneath they all wear white shirts and shorts. So I sit down with my lunch and look around and see the three princesses standing in a corner chatting and drinking sodas with their hair and make up done, wearing the white shirts and shorts. Obviously the only thing my mind thought of was how awesome the conversation had to be. "The Beast has been so bad at cleaning lately." "You think that's bad, try living with SEVEN MEN, who work in a coal mine and drag in dirt each day." "I am so tired, when can I take a nap?"

I mentioned this above but at Magic Kingdom and only at Magic Kingdom there are tunnels beneath the park. The Park was built like a three story office building. The first floor is the tunnels, where break rooms, lockers, stock rooms, electrical equipment, a few meeting and training rooms, showers and a few other things are. The second floor is the park with stores, rides, restaurants, etc.. The third floor consists of hidden offices within the tops of buildings "on stage" where the big wigs all work. Now I was always told that the first time you go into the tunnels you'll get lost and have to ask for directions three times. It's true, happened to me and everyone I know. But you see crazy things, from half dressed characters to people running through with Buzz Lightyear's leg, trash chutes, huge laundry bins, pieces of buildings, it's really awesome and really weird.

It was truly the best job I ever had. Free entry into the parks. Extra passes to bring family and friends. Discounts on EVERYTHING! And tons of free stuff and fun activities. Plus lots of cool secrets too.

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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