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Growing up in Florida, there was no avoiding Disney.

Most of us went as children, and if you didn't - no need to worry! As soon as you were old enough to start paying attention to job boards, there was Disney hiring "cast members" for just about everything everywhere.

Getting hired comes with some amazing perks, but everyone who has worked there ALSO comes away with some amazing stories. Disney just makes people ... intense... ya know?


Especially if those people are kids.

Reddit user JD-Explosion asked:

Disney Parks cast members of Reddit, what's the strangest thing a child has asked you while on the job?


The thing you gotta love about children is that they're full of all of the passion and enthusiasm of every Disney-phile, but they also have massive imaginations, no real understanding of how the real world works, and zero filter.

It's a perfect storm for shenanigans like these...

Part Of Your World

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" 'Yesterday I went to Disneyland... And I saw the parade... And it was raining during the parade... And everyone was wearing raincoats... And the Little Mermaid was in the parade... And she was wearing a raincoat too... Why?' "

" 'Well, because everyone else was wearing a raincoat. Ariel wanted to wear one too so she could be like everybody else.' --My Castmate friend in the call center that took the call above. " - certnneed

"The point of Ariel's character is that she wanted to be human and do things they do, so the answer fits! That's how the cats members are taught how to think and answer." - Additional_Meeting_2

"She just wants to be part of our wooooorld!" - Nezzee

Probably Busy

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"My daughter was 2-3 when we went to go see Elsa and Anna."

"There was a 4 hour line, of which my daughter would shuffle forward whenever it would move and then lie down and sleep on the floor when it didn't."

"Finally, it was our turn. We walk into the room and there's Elsa and Anna. First question my daughter asks them?"

" 'Do you guys brush your teeth?' "

"Then after the thing was done and we're leaving, my daughter casually tells me that that wasn't really Elsa and Anna, the real ones were probably busy."

"Four. Hours."

"At the time I was beyond belief. I couldn't express my emotions - between anger/rage, incredulity and plain old shell shock."

"I remember walking away thinking about the Serenity Now episode of Seinfeld but looking back on it now, it's something I'll always remember and it makes a great story. So, worth it." - various_necks

The Adults Are Worse

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"Kid: 'Where's Hogwarts?' "

"Me: 'Probably about half a day's walk away.' "

"But the adults are always worse. Like this guy:"

"Adult: 'You work during the holidays?' "

"Me: 'Yes.' "

"Adult, muttering as he walks away: 'I don't believe her. It's probably a trick to get tips.' "

"It was during Christmas. He was literally there on Christmas." - sleepytimeHoney

"They Work At Six Flags"

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"I started 2 months ago and my job doesn't have much guest interaction. But I did have one kid who kept asking me where characters were."

"He asked where Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes were and I blew his mind when I told them they work at Six Flags with Batman and Superman, not at Disney." - nowhere136

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Wonder What Mickey Thought

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"When I was around 3 or 4, on a family trip to Disneyworld I drew a picture of my plane crashing on the way to Orlando and my entire family falling to a fiery death."

"Then I gave it to Mickey Mouse. I wonder what the dude inside the costume thought." - analognewb

"I wouldn't be surprised if he still has it, lol." - siel04

"Nothing would make me happier" - analognewb

Goldfishie!

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"Not a Disney park cast member - I am the strange child."

"Went to Disneyland back in 2000 or so, I was about 5 or 6 and my first pet goldfish died shortly before we went on our trip. Went to Minnie's house and got to meet her at the end for pictures."

"I remember there being some cool animatronic goldfish bowl in her house, so I just haaaad to tell her how sad I was that my fish just died and my mom made me flush him down the toilet."

"Of course the actors aren't allowed to talk, so this poor soul playing Minnie had to watch 5 year old me sobbing for my lost pet fishy and wasn't able to say anything. That Minnie mouse actor gave me the most heartfelt, warm, sincere hug I have ever had in my life."

"Shout out to all the Disney park actors who have ever consoled a crying child, I assure you; you made it better." - MyFriendLucifer

A Pirate's Life For Me

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"I used to be a pirate that did the pirate makeovers in magic kingdom and I had a little boy probably around 7 in my chair."

"We were talking about how I live on a pirate ship, of course, and what kind of pirate ship he would want to live on."

"He asked very concerned 'how do you take a shower on a pirate ship?' and I said 'we don't!' Then my pirate coworker next to came and smelled my armpit and confirm we absolutely don't."

"Then in return I smelled her armpit to let him know that she also hasn't showered. He didn't ask any more questions after that!" - KinZryry96

Magical

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"I worked at Disneyland as a ticket taker/bag checker. Little boy asked me if I was magical because his grandma told him Disneyland was a magical place."

"Had numerous kids rub my skin because, according to their parents, they've never seen a Black person before. People touching you without your permission was one of the worst things about that job."

"My favorite story is this girl was leaving the park and wanted to know how could Mickey just finish Fantasmic but be on Main Street with completely different clothes."

"Her mind was blown, hands on her head just trying to comprehend how could he be in two places at once. I told her that he has a bunch of underground tunnels so he can avoid the crowds and get to the front to say goodbye. She was satisfied with that answer." - pharmrterri

Slow Moving Potato

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"I don't work for Disney directly I run a kayaking business that Disney subcontracts for their kayaking trips. The Disney cast members shuttle the guests in a bus to our location about 30 minutes away."

"This happened on an offsite kayaking trip through a natural area. The bonkers question didn't come from a child, but a mother with her 2 kids in tow."

"She asked 'How do they work? Are they animatronic or do you have a remote control?' Talking about the live, wild, manatees"

"She threatened a lawsuit on Disney for endangering her kids... with manatees... The gentlest of sea creatures... Giant slow moving potatoes." - SkoomaSalesAreUp

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