Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Magic is Inside All of Us


Today we are talking about creating very simple and basic but definetly worth it Magical Moments. The following are three examples of how, on your days off in the park, you can make fellow guest's experiences that much more magical. For your convenience I have also included what not to do along with them.

Do: Take a guest’s picture- One of the only downsides to modern day cameras is that someone in the party has to take the picture. This is where you come in. If you see a family in front of Cinderella’s Castle or anywhere else ask them if you can take the picture for them. Although they will probably forget you five minutes later, you can take solace in the fact that you just made one of their cherished family moments that much more complete

Don’t: Take a guest’s picture- I cannot emphasize enough just how creepy it is to follow guests around taking their picture……without them knowing

Do: Enjoy the splendors of Pin Trading- Disney struck the Magic gold mine when in 1999 they started the Pin Trading trend in the parks. And this is a trend that you should consider jumping aboard when you head on down to Disney. Not only is it a fun thing to collect but it also encourages guests interaction. I can’t tell you how many conversations I struck up with other guests on my days off that start with them wanting to trade and ends with us riding Splash Mountain together. It’s fun for everyone.

Don’t: Enjoy the splendors of Pin Trading- There is something about the innocence of a child that is, in it’s purest form, Magical. This unfortunately, however, makes pin trading with kids a tough thing to do because their idea of value is not determined on monetary or rarity scale but rather what they like the best. So if they like one of those incredibly common and inexpensive “Disney Cutties” pins, then they would be willing to trade a rare limited edition pin without a second thought. Please do not take advantage of this. In fact, this was particularly difficult when I was on the clock because a Cast Member can’t refuse a trade. So what I would do is trade with the kid but then give the mother or father the rare pin and tell the parents to encourage the kids to continue to pin trade but to explain that some pins are more “special” than others.

Do: Give away your Fast Pass: Now I’m not saying that you should spend your days off standing in front of E-ticket attractions constantly getting Fast Passes to hand out. However remember that you are going to be at Disney World for several months and the guests are there for about three to five days. So if you and your friends are enjoying the park and you have, let’s say fast passes for Test Track, when it’s time for you to report for the passes take a quick look at the stand by line. If you see a particularly long line consider giving one of the families your fast passes. They will appreciate it and you can continue to enjoy the park knowing that you just made their vacation.

Don’t: Give away your Fast Pass: I know I wrote “Give Away Fast Passes” but what I actually mean is “Don’t: Sell Your Fast Passes.” Believe it or not I saw a gentleman outside of Soarin selling his two Fast Passes and what’s worse that someone bought them for ten dollars. That is one of the biggest ways to cheapen the magic of Walt Disney World and a quick way to get yourself kicked out of the parks.

So take some of these things to heart when you are enjoying one of your days off. Also don't forget to check out the contest I posted yesterday and submit your entry.

Have a Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah-Day!!!!!

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