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Old 07-28-2010, 12:37 PM   #256
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WHOA! The crowds were crotch-to-crack and not moving!

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:36 PM   #257
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This thread is too cool! Slightly off topic, but Disney was to the rescue. This past summer we were at CBR at night playing in the pool. DH was with DD (2.5) and DS (6). DD went down the kid slide DH turned his head to watch DS and DD slipped and hit her head. DH went to get me and DD had a HUGE bump on her head. I am not a freak about medical stuff, but she scared me. I got a lifeguard and a supervisor came over in seconds. The sup asked me if I wanted to call and ambulance, I did want her checked out. An ambluance came very quickly, there were about 5 guys there to help out. One family who we met on the bus earlier that day asked if they could help, the kept an eye on DS for us while we took care of DD. The paramedics couldn't have been nicer. She didn't show signs of an concussion so they weren't concnered (at this point either was I). The paramedic said they were there to help resort guests, and if we had an concerns to call any time. They patched her up, with none other than a Bugs Bunny band-aid, we got a kick out of this since they are paramedic for Disney property. It ended up being a minor incident, but we were grateful that they responded so quickly, and did a great job!
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:59 AM   #258
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WHOA! The crowds were crotch-to-crack and not moving!
Perhaps the BEST description I have EVER heard - I know exactly what you mean. Describes that situation perfectly.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:16 PM   #259
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Very good stories-keep it up!!
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:15 AM   #260
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So, reading thru this thread I'm noticing a general trend here....


Is Disney's "Undercover Tourist cop" uniform khaki's with a Hawaiian shirt?

For the men. The women wear hula skirts and coconut bras.

There has to be a mix, like uniformed, casual, and undercover. I'm pretty sure I've seen UC's and they're not in hawaiian shirts. Either that or they were cops on vacation.

I think the HWShirts are to keep the alarm level low while still being "uniformed". The actual uniforms may be in the area to control the crowd and assist the "gang of Hawaiians carrying that drunk man off" when a park guest notices a kidnapping by Elvis' backup singers. I'm sure there are UC guards all over and even UC law enforcement assisting.

Sheer staff numbers, park design, and the cameras add to the effect. Remember it takes a guest longer to get to different points in the park than a CM. Security has shortcuts, and responders can be there quickly, but I imagine that a UC spotter will perform a takedown if the situation is severe enough.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:45 AM   #261
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I am SO stealing that crotch-to-crack line in the future!!!!
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:25 AM   #262
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The undercover security officers that we have seen have worn more traditional clothes but also it was December time frame and it was chilly so they also had jackets on. By the entrances they are easy to spot, first look for the people that are sitting or standing all by themselves, usually wearing shades, then look in there ear.


Also they have undercover security swimming in the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon. I actually reported the guy to an uniformed officer cause he was acting real strange, kind of gave us the creeps and just seemed out of place. This was last year when there was a few bad things that happened at the waterparks. He took me up to the side and had me point him out and I was told that he was with security.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:37 AM   #263
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:31 AM   #264
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Also they have undercover security swimming in the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon. I actually reported the guy to an uniformed officer cause he was acting real strange, kind of gave us the creeps and just seemed out of place. This was last year when there was a few bad things that happened at the waterparks. He took me up to the side and had me point him out and I was told that he was with security.
They shou;ldnt send solo GUYS into a pool area looking for oddities.. they make themselves stand out way too much..
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:02 AM   #265
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I had an encounter with undercover security a couple of years ago. You might have noticed that I bear a resemblance to a certain popular figure. Well, that tends to attract a lot of attention when I'm in the parks, especially around Christmastime. I am always careful about just how much attention I draw however since I have heard of Disney escorting "unapproved characters" out of their parks! So, although I wear red and a Santa hat, so do a ton of folks... it's Christmas after all. I don't go around Ho, Ho, Ho'ing or singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" however. If someone asks if I'm Santa I'm more apt to ask back, "why, do I look like Santa", and as much as I hate to let the little ones down, I don't sign autograph books either.

Well, Mom and I were sitting at a table near the African outpost in EPCOT where several people had stopped and asked for pictures with me. As the pictures were being taken I noticed a guy a few tables over taking a bit of interest in the activities. Again I had to refuse to sign a book. Mom asked me to explain again why I was being so shy about being Santa here, since I'm hardly shy elsewhere. And I explained about Disney not wanting the liability of an unauthorized character offending (or abusing!) guests and being mistaken for a representative of the company, the liability issues, and so on. As I was in the middle of explaining I noticed the once some-what interested guy had moved much closer and was within earshot. Well, he knew he was blown so he came a little closer and introduced himself and agreed with much of what I had said, but also said that from what he'd observed Disney would have no problem with the way I was interacting with guests. That was a relief, because I had heard of security disallowing "colorful" folks taking photos with guests that were not in their party... like when people dress up for Star Wars week. Any how, the guy was very congenial and I feel safer knowing others like him are keeping watch.

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Old 07-30-2010, 02:18 PM   #266
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I had an encounter with undercover security a couple of years ago. You might have noticed that I bear a resemblance to a certain popular figure. Well, that tends to attract a lot of attention when I'm in the parks, especially around Christmastime. I am always careful about just how much attention I draw however since I have heard of Disney escorting "unapproved characters" out of their parks! So, although I wear red and a Santa hat, so do a ton of folks... it's Christmas after all. I don't go around Ho, Ho, Ho'ing or singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" however. If someone asks if I'm Santa I'm more apt to ask back, "why, do I look like Santa", and as much as I hate to let the little ones down, I don't sign autograph books either.

Well, Mom and I were sitting at a table near the African outpost in EPCOT where several people had stopped and asked for pictures with me. As the pictures were being taken I noticed a guy a few tables over taking a bit of interest in the activities. Again I had to refuse to sign a book. Mom asked me to explain again why I was being so shy about being Santa here, since I'm hardly shy elsewhere. And I explained about Disney not wanting the liability of an unauthorized character offending (or abusing!) guests and being mistaken for a representative of the company, the liability issues, and so on. As I was in the middle of explaining I noticed the once some-what interested guy had moved much closer and was within earshot. Well, he knew he was blown so he came a little closer and introduced himself and agreed with much of what I had said, but also said that from what he'd observed Disney would have no problem with the way I was interacting with guests. That was a relief, because I had heard of security disallowing "colorful" folks taking photos with guests that were not in their party... like when people dress up for Star Wars week. Any how, the guy was very congenial and I feel safer knowing others like him are keeping watch.

I wonder if we saw you once! I remember my DH and I were at Epcot for our anniversary about a week before Christmas. I don't remember the year- I think it was 2007 or 2008. Anyway, we were seeing Candlelight Processional one evening and there was a man a couple rows in front of us who looked exactly like Santa Clause! And he was wearing red, though I don't remember a Santa hat. It looked like he was family, though I can't remember if he had kids with him or not. There were lots of people (including us) who were looking and pointing and a few kids came up to him and talked to him for a bit. We couldn't hear what was going on but at that time I *so* wished we had our kids with us so we could say "See?"

Wish I could find pictures, as I'm convinced I did take a picture, but come to think of it, it might have been on my old cell phone.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:19 PM   #267
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Is your wife a match also?

Shan-man, might your wife look a bit like Mrs. 'Character" as well? If so, were you the couple I stalked at AK last year and asked if I could take a picture?

I volunteer at a child care center as the "Reading Lady" and had told my kids that Santa vacationed at DW each year before the big night in order to get some rest.

They were delighted when I returned home with a picture of Santa waving to them.

I can see where Disney would have to watch out for any folks, characters or not, interacting with children because unfortunately that is what those sick folks do to take advantage of them. It is sad but true.

I have the opposite problem as parents are always telling their children to hug or even kiss me and I do not approve. Children should only hug or touch an adult if they want to. They have very good radar systems and can tell who is safe and who is not if not trained otherwise. A smile and 'thank you' is enough. If more is offered this grandma will take it, if there are lots of folks around and the child initiates it.

Thank you for being so careful with the little ones beliefs and allowing them to keep that magic for as long as possible.

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Old 07-30-2010, 05:39 PM   #268
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The undercover security gaurds are everywhere. I can pick them out pretty easily. I am in law enforcement and watch, or pay attention, to people around me all the time where ever I am. I notice them quickly because they are doing the same thing. It's obvious to me but not my wife.

My brother in law told me a story about something he saw at the Magic Kingdom. A cm was on main street selling balloons. Someone walked up and started popping the balloons with some kind of an object. After about 20 seconds the person was surrounded by plain clothes security who just came out of no where, and they all vanished into what he thought was a fake door along mian street. My brother in law worked for the Secert Service for many years and was on President Carters private security detail. He was very impressed with the way Disney handled this. Very fast response and very discrete. Very few people even knew what was going on.
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...Also they have undercover security swimming in the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon. I actually reported the guy to an uniformed officer cause he was acting real strange, kind of gave us the creeps and just seemed out of place. This was last year when there was a few bad things that happened at the waterparks. He took me up to the side and had me point him out and I was told that he was with security.
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They shou;ldnt send solo GUYS into a pool area looking for oddities.. they make themselves stand out way too much..
Hmmm, yeah, if they had a male & female "couple", security officers in the pools, nobody would ever suspect.
Hey, where do you sign up for that duty!!!!!
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Hmmm, yeah, if they had a male & female "couple", security officers in the pools, nobody would ever suspect.
Hey, where do you sign up for that duty!!!!!
Seriously, talk about fringe benefits. Getting paid to float around in a pool all day. Probably part lifeguard also to spot drowners in a crowded pool.

Personally I would love to work security on a bike patrol. I love helping people, love wearing utility belts, I love biking, I need the exercise, and I need a tan.

And nothing deters crime like the thought of being tackled by a big sweaty dude jumping from a bike... unless you're into that sort of thing.
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