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Old 04-20-2009, 09:35 PM   #316
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[quote=Tara922c;31325258]Tip from an ex- CM...

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!
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Thank you so much for sharing those stories. It truly brought tears to my eyes! We have been blessed with many WDW trips, thank you for that reminder...God Bless!
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:48 PM   #317
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There's no South Carolina?????
I have to say, being from SC..it was the 1st thing I thought before I realized what the post ment!!!





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Old 04-20-2009, 09:54 PM   #318
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I once picked on a Disney security guy named Chip. I asked him where Dale was. He finished looking at my bag and said, "you need to come with me." I was shocked. But he walked me over to Dale. Pretty fun stuff.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:19 AM   #319
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Ok I read the whole thread and can't figure out what the red light trick is??? Did I miss something?
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:44 AM   #320
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I think it means that is where the door to the place where you get on the doom buggys is,but I could be wrong.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:24 AM   #321
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Ok I read the whole thread and can't figure out what the red light trick is??? Did I miss something?
If you want to be among the first to exit for the Doom Buggies, stand on the side with the painting of the lady with the parasol. I think there's a red light somewhere over there.

If you do that though, you miss out on the chattering of the gargoyles. So it's one or the other.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:04 AM   #322
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LOVE this thread! Thanks everyone for the great tips!
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:10 AM   #323
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This is a very cool thread.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:00 PM   #324
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Great thread, keep the tips coming!!
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:11 PM   #325
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If you want to be among the first to exit for the Doom Buggies, stand on the side with the painting of the lady with the parasol. I think there's a red light somewhere over there.
That "red light" is an electronic sensor that won't open the doors if someone is leaning against them.

When the CMs tell you to "please step away from the walls and towards the dead center of the room," there's a reason.

And honestly, when I go the HM as a Guest I don't worry about where I'm standing. I enjoy both the show and watching others enjoy it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:16 PM   #326
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That "red light" is an electronic sensor that won't open the doors if someone is leaning against them.

When the CMs tell you to "please step away from the walls and towards the dead center of the room," there's a reason.

And honestly, when I go the HM as a Guest I don't worry about where I'm standing. I enjoy both the show and watching others enjoy it.
I bet that has saved Disney from a lot of lawsuits....

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Old 04-21-2009, 02:52 PM   #327
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For those of you with young kids that you don't want to lose, and you don't want to write on then with permanent marker, check these out - I think I learned about them somewhere on these boards - www.safetytat.com - I just ordered some for ds5 for our upcoming trip, with our cellphone numbers on. Even if your kids know your numbers, they might forget them in the panic of being lost.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:55 PM   #328
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No CM here, but here's a little one. I got the idea from CM's...

Now I'd never do this in the real world, but at WDW - at least if they are Mickey/Disney stickers and you have kids with you - it seems to work.

Sometimes CM's give out Mickey stickers. They tend to give them to kids. They often give two at a time. If we get extras, I save them in my wallet.
When I see a kid having a meltdown, I offer the parent a sticker or two. It has worked every time to end the meltdown! It also keeps the situation from escalating. By offering it to the parent first, you are getting their permission.

Not only does it end the meltdown, it usually creates a smile!

Also, I sort of disagree about encouraging a person to go on a ride if they are mildly afraid. Certainly it pays to know your person. Encouraging someone under the right circumstances can build trust! If you know they don't like ghosts, then pushing them to go on a ride with ghosts is out. If however, they are iffy (not total panic attack, but iffy) about a ride that you know has no ghosts - then it may be in their best interest to encourage them to overcome their fears. But not encouraging someone to go on a ride may also damage trust beyond just riding rides.

I speak from experience. One family member once forced me on a ride that I hated when we were small kids. she flat out lied. I didn't trust her about rides for years, and it made me fearful of unknown rides. Ideed, my distrust of her went beyond rides.
Conversely, another friend and frequent WDW companion didn't encourage me to go on a ride that I was iffy about. Now I think about the times I missed out going on a fun ride - sitting out unnecessarily. Again, it damaged my trust in that person. They weren't willing to encourage me to overcome my fear, and didn't listen when I told them what my concerns were (I was an adult by then). I don't blame that person for my fear, but I also don't trust him for advice entirely either. Another person finally encouraged me to overcome my fear - and THAT person gained much trust with me!

My policy now is to try to experience each ride once and judge for myself. I know that ride fears are a very real thing, but I also know that helping someone overcome their fear is a powerful trust building tool!

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Old 04-21-2009, 07:36 PM   #329
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I bought my DS (almost 3 the first trip) a cheap Buzz watch to wear while we were at WDW. I wrote our cell phone number on the band with a Sharpie. DS knew that if he ever got separated from us, he was to show his "really cool" Buzz watch to a CM and they would help him find us. He still digs out his Buzz watch before every trip
This is a great tip! While I don't have kids yet, I've always wondered about a security measure that didn't involve a sharpie or tags inside clothing. Also, great tip from the poster who introduces their kids to a CM and shows them their name tags.

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I love the CM's that do things that you don't expect. Upon checking in at the POP in March I went to luggage service to ask them to store my carry-on. As the CM was looking for his pen to write down my information I offered him my pen to use. After that he found his and asked if I wanted to "Trade Pens". I still have the pen and still laugh at how clever and unexpected that moment was. He was a really nice guy.
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