May/June 2001 Trip -- Part 24: The Orlando Roller Coaster Tour

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  1. WebmasterBarry

    WebmasterBarry DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 1999
    Part 24: The Orlando Roller Coaster Tour – Disney-MGM Studios: Van on Demand

    May 29, 2001

    The cast:
    Me (the 29-year old)

    I arrived at Disney-MGM Studios around 7:45 am. I was ready to flash my annual pass for free parking, but no one was manning the parking booth. I drove through and parked in Stage. I hope I will not get towed because I was not a Cast Member! The orange cones didn’t lead me to guest parking. Other Cast Members just walked by me and didn’t say a word.

    I walked to the parks and I must have arrived too early. The street sweepers were running and Cast Members were sprucing the place up. I decided to wait for the bus to the Transportation and Ticket Center. I was going to start my tour at the Magic Kingdom and head back to Disney-MGM Studios later in the day. One park strategy is to park at where you will end up. I followed that strategy. Buses were pulling up at the resort stops, but no bus came for me. I found a dry spot on a bench and a Cast Member wiped it off for me.

    I waited about 15 minutes and no bus came. I was looking to see if I could catch the bus for the Contemporary or the Polynesian. I could take the monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center. No buses pulled up at those stops either. Then a white van pulls up. A nice Cast Member rolls down the window and offers me a ride to the Ticket and Transportation Center. I hopped in and off we went.

    We chatted a bit as we drove over. I don’t think he stopped smiling throughout our journey. He did seem a little tired and he said that he used to have a night shift. I suppose that he doesn’t get free coffee as a Cast Member perk!

    He dropped me off at the Transportation and Ticket Center. I asked him for his name and he said that he was K.C. I told him that I would give him a good word at Guest Services. He was very appreciative.

    Why was I giving him a compliment? For one, he was very nice. More importantly, he took the initiative to offer me a ride. He may have been going to the Magic Kingdom anyway or vans drive around the parks and pick people up anyway. That didn’t matter to me. What mattered was that he didn’t let me sit around for any longer than was necessary.

    What stood out during this day was not that I rode every roller coaster in Orlando, but that a Cast Member took the initiative to assist a guest before I had to ask for a bus or got angry.

    I headed to the Magic Kingdom. I wandered around the ticket booths and the gift shop while I waited for the park to open.
  2. nhrenee

    nhrenee <font color=royalblue>Oh, meow!!<br><img src=http:

    Aug 29, 1999
    Thank you for writing about how wonderfully you were treated. It's GREAT to hear a compliment about a park employee.
  3. cotye

    cotye <font color=green>Resident Mariah Expert<br><font

    Sep 6, 2000
    Indeed, a great CM there. Great report. :)

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