"How come I don't remember hitting my head that night?"

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Working Full-time for the Mouse at the World of Disney.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Randomness for 9/2/2007

* I'm getting promoted to "trainer" status! That raises my pay by about $.75-$1.00/per hour when I'm training people plus I'll be getting the ultra rare "Jiminy Cricket Trainer" pin! I'm actually happier about this because I've been REALLY frustrated with the quality of people's training lately. I mean I had awesome trainers so others should too right? My training to become a trainer begins next week and apparently involves a scavenger hunt at one of the parks. More on this when I know more.

*Dear Democratic Party,

Hey if you don't want my vote that's fine. I can go elsewhere. It's no skin off my back. I'm pretty sure history is gonna make you look monumentally stupid for so casually dissing a highly populated state full of moderates but hey, it's your money and your choice. Do as you please. Oh and memo to all the candidates: Not really impressed with the display of guts you all are showing by going along the party line. Don't pretend like you're not gonna care more about Florida than Iowa in twelve months, and you WILL care when we vote red. I promise you that.

* Battlestar Galactica, which may seriously be the best show television will ever produce, is once again being screwed over by the Sci-Fi channel. "So you want to end the show with the upcoming fourth season?" the cable network says. "Well that's fine. We'll just continue to milk you for all you're worth by splitting the season in half and showing the second half in 2009!" You can hear the evil laughter from here. Way to build fan loyalty Sci-Fi.

* My favorite movies of this summer were Ratatouille and Stardust. Just so you know.

* I'm planning on working on a short story about life at the World of Disney. It might take awhile to write out but I hope to post a rough draft some time in the next week. It'll be fictionalish (new word time!) with a dose of fantasy mixed in. No I haven't read Kingdom Keepers yet but I'm certainly interested. Any thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.

Comic Recommendation of the Week

Jonah Hex #23 comes out this week and really there's no bad month to pick up Jonah Hex. Hex is a DC western comic with no real continuity so you can read each issue, usually a one-and-done story, without having to read previous issues to understand what's going on. If you like quality western stories with a little grit in them you should give this a try. This issue has guest art by Jordi Bernet, so BONUS!

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Pin Traders of The Carribean!

I don't know how I missed it, having lived in Orlando for the last six years, but pin trading has become a big deal at Disney. A BIG deal. People plan trips and come visit the resort for the sole purpose of trading little pieces of metal with each other and collecting more of them. Needless to say this is awesome and I'd totally be hooked if I had the capital. No joke. I'm down for collecting random items for no reason. I find it comforting to not have a point. One of my favorite things about being a cast member is the random parts of my day where a guest will come up to me and ask to see my pins. We're assigned our very own lanyards (mine's #178 although I like to cover the 8) with which to trade with guests and I covet the happiness and acceptance that comes with being able to supply something they're looking for. Yes I know, it's sad but typical all at the same time. We have specific rules for pin trading:

* Guests can only trade with a cast member up to two times a day on any given day.

* Guests can't trade a pin to a cast member that the cast member already has.

* Children control their own lanyards. Parents can't make them trade for something and can't stop them from trading with a cast member.

We also have limited edition pins that are called "Cast Lanyards" because you usually have to trade with a cast member in order to get one. The most popular of these are the "Hidden Mickey's" which have a set of Mickey Ears somewhere on the pin. There are several different series of these, one of the most popular for this year being the monorail series:

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Imagine that but with several different colors in the set. I think there's eight to collect. So what happens is that people will buy a starter set of pins, like one of different Disney 2007 characters, and then walk around trading with cast members as they tour the resort. It's fun for kids and adults and allows them to interact with the cast more, which we all love. (Who doesn't want more attention?)

Also, we have pin trading sessions at the store, which today I was in charge of. There are many benefits to doing the pin trading, for one thing it kills time. A LOT of time. It takes about thirty minutes to get the pin bag ready for trading (we have to add fresh pins and remove lame ones). About an hour to go in, trade, and get out while people who "just got there" howl in frustration. And about another half hour to reset the pin bag. Today I was training another cast member so it took more time. Plus it bracketed my brakes so I think I wound up spending four hours today either on brake or doing something involved with pin trading. It was a good day.

The other benefit I get is first access to hidden Mickey's and the pins that guests traded TO us. Needless to say my lanyard is now loaded and I should be popular the next couple of days.

Labor Day is coming up which means HOLIDAY PAY which makes me a very happy person. Labor day is for extra labor right?

Disney Collector Tips:

Disney recently announced that we will be changing the name of the Disney-MGM Studios to Disney's Hollywood Studios. So if it says "MGM" on it then it's a keeper.

Also the hand and wand have (finally) been taken down from Spaceship Earth at Epcot. So anything with them is now a collector's item.

If you're looking for Jack Skellington or Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise I suggest visiting the Days of Christmas store in Downtown Disney.

We just got Halloween merchandise. Get it while it's hot.