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Old 04-07-2009, 10:12 PM   #151
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Not a CM, but have been to WDW a lot. Please use both sides of the register at CS places. The cashier will turn to the left, then the right to take orders. Why stand in a longer line if you don't have to?

Also, when they say use all available space, they mean it. Like outside of HM pass the turnstiles. Not sure why people always assume that all attracations have to be single file lines...
omg.....the HM line...that is soooo true. they always say fill in all the space...well I always walk by all the single file people and usually up to the front on the sides and squish in like I am being told. sooo many people give you dirty looks..but hey...I am not doing anythign wrong...just listening to directions....

just like when you go in the line with no people because everyone else was afraid.....I always get a kick out of that...gosh...that makes me sound evil.....
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:38 AM   #152
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Here's something that's less of a tip, but more of a request.

Please don't try to get us to "break character." Even those of us who aren't characters are involved with a storyline, especially the attractions CMs. I work on the safari and I always have people trying to get me to tell them "the real deal"

Yes, the safari is actually 2 weeks long (but its so fun you'll feel like it was only about 20 minutes)
Yes, those baobab trees and ostrich eggs are real (even though the backstage tour told you differently)
Those chains on the ground are only to get mud off our tires (but you'll notice that animals don't cross them into other areas)

There is only one Mickey Mouse and no amount of you winking or making sure there are only adults around will change that. He doesn't wear a costume, there is no one inside of him and the Cinderella you just saw was the same one you saw yesterday.

We love our jobs and we preserve the magic for everyone, not just those young enough not to know better. Of course, this doesn't mean that you'll never hear a backstage tip from a CM, but just because you tell me you've been to Disney 50 times and understand and there are no children around does not necessarily mean I'm going to break character to "let you in on it." If you want the real deal, take a backstage tour, buy a book or surf the net. It's all out there.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:14 AM   #153
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Here's something that's less of a tip, but more of a request.

Please don't try to get us to "break character." Even those of us who aren't characters are involved with a storyline, especially the attractions CMs. I work on the safari and I always have people trying to get me to tell them "the real deal"

Yes, the safari is actually 2 weeks long (but its so fun you'll feel like it was only about 20 minutes)
Yes, those baobab trees and ostrich eggs are real (even though the backstage tour told you differently)
Those chains on the ground are only to get mud off our tires (but you'll notice that animals don't cross them into other areas)

There is only one Mickey Mouse and no amount of you winking or making sure there are only adults around will change that. He doesn't wear a costume, there is no one inside of him and the Cinderella you just saw was the same one you saw yesterday.

We love our jobs and we preserve the magic for everyone, not just those young enough not to know better. Of course, this doesn't mean that you'll never hear a backstage tip from a CM, but just because you tell me you've been to Disney 50 times and understand and there are no children around does not necessarily mean I'm going to break character to "let you in on it." If you want the real deal, take a backstage tour, buy a book or surf the net. It's all out there.
From a CM fan...I want to thank you! It's CM's likeyou that make our trips so very magical!!
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:36 AM   #154
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I always thought those trees were real! I just feel like I've been told there's no S.C.!
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:47 AM   #155
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I should have clarified... it's water from the soda fountain machine... not from the tap. But if you order a water they'll give you a bottle. If you order tap water they give you the water from the machine and that's free!

I'm not a big fan of the water from the fountains (but when I'm thirsty anything works), however, the stuff from the machines seems to taste much better to me; I'm not sure where it comes from (as in, whether it's tap or filtered).


I am willing to bet that water from the soda fountain is still tap water. It may be filtered, not sure. Even when we get soda from a restaurant we can taste it if it is really horrid water. There are some towns in our area where the tap water is bad and the soda tastes awful, usually a bitter taste mixed in.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:55 AM   #156
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Actually, a tip about Cast Members:

One of the things our family does is carry some note cards with us to write down the names of CMs who go above and beyond, and "shine" at what they're doing. We put down their name, where they were working, and brief description of what was exemplary. We then make a stop at guest relations, on the way out of the park or resort, ask to see a manager, and "turn them in." It never fails to delight Guest Services, and it's good training for my kids in noticing what there is around them to be grateful for.
Great idea, we will do this on our future trips. What we currently do is give very large tips to CM's who do an excellent job at our ADR's. We have tipped as much as 100% of the bill for outstanding service.

One time the CM had the chef come out and talk to my DS and a little while later the chef came back with a home made dipping sauce made from the description of 'nonnas' dipping sauce back home.

Another time the CM overheard our other DS wanting something that was not on the menu and when our food was served, the CM brought both what our DS ordered and a surprise of what he was asking Daddy (me) about. You should have seen the eyes light up and smile break through on our DS's face. That was the 100% tip meal.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:09 AM   #157
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You just tell the server to use your dining credits for their meal. They don't mind it at all once you tell them why. They get a big tip out of it from the non paying table. i have never had them turn me down, not did they turn down the people that did this for us the first time at Sci Fi.:
Please be careful with this "tip"
There was a time when it was true however if a CM does this now and is reported he or she will be reprimanded. It is not allowed any longer and is considered to be a serious breach of conduct.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:10 AM   #158
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...the only tip I have for people is to not go expecting a perfect trip, because if your expectations are too high you're not going to have fun. Disney has it tough. They put themselves in a situation where 200% perfect service is expected and not everything can go right. I have seen many guests breakdown for things as simple as a food stand running out of ketchup or the lines being shut down for characters.
This is probably the single biggest and best tip on the thread. Seriously.

Don't sweat the small stuff.
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Go to the left??? Seriously? Do people subliminally pick "right" for some reason or are the left lines built to be shorter?
Both sides are often the same length, but yes, when given a choice, most folks will go to the right.
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You win more flies with honey than vinegar... have a positive attitude and you will have a much better time.

Make sure your expectations are reasonable.
Great tips. I like to say that requests are usually cheerfully honored, while demands will be pointedly ignored. On the other hand...
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Also true. Hope for the best, but be ready to accept a "no."
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Please don't try to get us to "break character." Even those of us who aren't characters are involved with a storyline, especially the attractions CMs.
In a similar vein... It can be hard for the CMs to keep character when you're happily dashing the magic to pieces on the ground for your children. Please avoid saying things like "It's all fake" or "They're just people in costumes" or "No, we're not in Africa, we're in Florida."
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:49 AM   #159
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Ditch the schedule.

I've seen so many people rushing to get here or there and have heard people talking about how we have to get on this so we can get to that.

We have had excellent experiences with CM's and charactors because we simply slow down a little and enjoyed the park.

Example: Last trip we were at MK, just starting our day and decided to go into the shop where you pick up your Photo Pass pictures (can't remember the name right now). Well we were in no hurry, we had no agenda that day so we decided to see if they had any good pins to trade. We stopped and talked to a CM traded a few pins and my family started looking at others pins. We were all done and just kind of loitering around when the 1st CM we talked to came out and said, "you're still here". I said we were and that we were just kind of hanging out and he told me to get my family and meet him around the corner. We all got together and said he would be right back. He came back about 2 minutes later with Snow White. We were kind of back around the corner so nobody saw us. She was on her way out front but he brought her out to see my 2 year old daughter. She stayed with us for about 5 minutes and knelt down on the ground with my daughter and let my daughter show her all her pins. It may have been the cutest thing I've ever seen.

I can come up with about 2 dozen more stories just like this because we slowed down and simply enjoyed the park.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:00 AM   #160
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I always thought those trees were real! I just feel like I've been told there's no S.C.!
Me too! I took pics of the ostrich eggs!
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:21 PM   #161
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These are all so great, thanks! Our trip is coming up very fast, and as a first timer, I'm worried about seeing everything. I WILL try to remember to slow down, relax and just have fun. Thank you!
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:29 PM   #162
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Me too! I took pics of the ostrich eggs!
Sorry if I stole your innocence! They ARE real, just like Mickey is real!

(Although, I will say that there's a baobab tree near Tusker house that is *very* real)
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These are all so great, thanks! Our trip is coming up very fast, and as a first timer, I'm worried about seeing everything. I WILL try to remember to slow down, relax and just have fun. Thank you!
There's no possible way you can see everything, so don't even try. Make a list of your must-sees and make sure you schedule time to enjoy them. You'll enjoy your trip so much more, and you'll know that when you return to WDW you'll have that much more to see.
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[QUOTE=Wait, I have another tip. If you're buying ice cream of some sort at a multiple line stand (such as Ahola to get Dole Whips), step back for a second and watch the different people get served. Go in the line where the CM is serving the ice cream that is the biggest.[/QUOTE]

Oh I love this one....will use it for sure!
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Per this thread - on our next trip, I have scheduled between 30 and 45 minutes each day to "relax and have fun".

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