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Old 04-12-2009, 12:01 PM   #211
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Nope... the real baobob tree is on the left in front of Kusafari Bakery (if you are looking at safaris). It has a painted white trunk.[/U][/B]

There is a real baobob tree at AK? I thought they were all "imagineered."
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:46 PM   #212
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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 04-12-2009, 04:07 PM   #213
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in Epcot there is a building called CLUB COOL, it has different Coke products from around the world, Beverly is a coke product from Italy, and it taste's nasty.
Kinda tastes like a cold carbonated espresso.

Here is a link to a survey re: CLUB COOL
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2133504
It is a carbonated beverage sold in Italy. It has bitters in it. It does taste rather strange. Like I said before, everyone should experience it once. My favorite is the wild cherry soda from somewhere like Taiwan or Taipei. I can't remember which country it is from actually.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:52 PM   #214
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It is Coke from Italy (I think) and has a slightly strange taste.
No. It's a product of the Coca-Cola Company, but it is most certainly not Coke. Beverly is a clear, carbonated, bitter-sweet beverage marketed as a digestive aid and palate-cleanser (rather like a bitter version of Ginger Ale). It's an acquired taste; some quite enjoy it (I do).
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:54 PM   #215
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No. It's a product of the Coca-Cola Company, but it is most certainly not Coke. Beverly is a clear, carbonated, bitter-sweet beverage marketed as a digestive aid and palate-cleanser (rather like a bitter version of Ginger Ale). It's an acquired taste; some quite enjoy it (I do).
OT - do you like Moxie? my dad was the only person on the planet that i knew who actually liked the stuff.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:13 AM   #216
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OT - do you like Moxie? my dad was the only person on the planet that i knew who actually liked the stuff.
Never had it.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:14 PM   #217
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Don't put too much Beverly in your cup! If you have ever been to the Coca Cola museum in Atanta, it is the same Beverly. Everyone does need to try it at least once.
Indeed. I always explain it to my friends that it is best done as a "shot", since it's so horrid. I'm glad they offer small cups there!
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:02 PM   #218
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Bolded statement = 100% FALSE. All the theme parks (Any Disney, Any Universal, Sea World, Busch Gardens, etc) will give you free ice water if you ask.
You should let the people at Universal know that - they charged me 25 cents.
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I like to watch people when they try Beverly for the first time. It is so much fun to watch the expressions on their faces.
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There is a real baobob tree at AK? I thought they were all "imagineered."
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I like to watch people when they try Beverly for the first time. It is so much fun to watch the expressions on their faces.
Here's a thread with loads of Beverly face photos:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....t=face+beverly
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:39 PM   #221
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Thanks! An interesting thread.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:26 PM   #222
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Tip from an ex- CM...

Orlando's weather is unpredictable. In the winter months it can go from 80 one day, to 40 the next day. I highly suggest bringing jeans, and a light jacket unless it is the summer.

No matter what you do to prevent it, children are going to be tired, and cranky at the end of the day, which makes the parents tired and cranky as well. Try not to let other people's bad attitudes ruin your evening. If you stay until closing, how about finding a nice quiet spot (example between the emporium and crystal palace), and treating your kids to an ice cream, or tell them a story after the fireworks have ended. Let the massive crowds leave, and then make your way out of the parks. You will then (hopefully) insure a seat on the monorail, and insure a seat on the bus back to the resort.

Everyone there is on vacation, everyone there has spent a lot of money to be there, and everyone there wants to have a great time. The thousands of people there want to see the fireworks just like you.

Stop, and smell the roses. Go with the flow. Stop, and sit down for awhile, and just people watch!

Try to get early ADRs for Crystal Palace one morning. Since you will already be in the park for rope drop, go to the front of the castle, and just watch the people running into the park. I promise, it is one of the most magical things I have ever witnessed at MK.

Be humble. There are people at Disney from all walks of life. Some are millionaires, and some have been saving for years, and years, and years just to be able to come for a few days. Two stories I will never forget are... The Big Brothers, and Big Sisters from Toronto Canada, flew down with over a hundred disadvantaged children. They took an early morning flight, went to MK for the day, and then flew back at 11 PM at night. Those children were so sweet, and were so thankful to be there. The sponsers had been doing fundraisers for over a year for the trip. To me, it was just magical to see these kids faces that would otherwise never be able to go to Disney as a child. They were so thankful for just one day at Disney. Another late night I was chatting with this wonder guest. She told me that it was her dream to take her 8 children to Disney. She was from Alabama, they drove through the night to make it to MK for rope drop, stayed the whole day, and drove straight back to Alabama. She started crying, and told me she wished she could do more, but the one day trip cost her family over 1000 dollars, and that is all she could do. Just then her little boy walked up to her, gave her a hug, and said, "mommy, this has been the best day of my life, thank-you". It was so sweet!

Disney is magical, but it can put people in a horrid mood. Just take the time to stop, clear your mind, and try to have the best time ever. If you need to go back to your resort for a nap, go. If you planned to get up early, but your exhausted, sleep in. If you want to stay for fireworks, but all the kids and your spouse are cranky, hot, and ready to leave, go back to the resort. Remember, it is your vacation!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:52 PM   #223
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Wonderful post, Tara922c!
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:45 PM   #224
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Not a CM (not for lack of trying), but my tip would be: Don't ruin other people's ride experience. No flash photography, don't yell out things you learned from the Keys to the Kingdom (or whatever) tour. Keep the magic up for other people who shelled out just as much as you did (or more) to go to Disney for a while.

And I agree - spread pixie dust.

I still remember the guy from 2006 who gave my father and me Fastpasses to ride RnRc. I had never been on it before, and it was amazing. That guy was awesome, and I wish I could give him a hug.

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Old 04-14-2009, 07:33 AM   #225
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Great tips... I'm going to live by the ice cream tip!
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