17 Things That Happen When You Put A Disney Cast Member In The Real World

17 Things That Happen When You Put A Disney Cast Member In The Real World

What do you mean it's weird to refer to little kids as princess?
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Working at the most magical place on Earth is an experience like no other. There are little Cast Member things that just tend to stick with us. Sometimes, your Disney side can't be masked. If you're a former Cast Member, you might find yourself slipping into these 17 things that you just can't help from doing.

1. When you see a little kid at work

"Oh my goodness, hi princess! I didn't know we were expecting royalty today. I love your dress!" *gets down on to their level and continues chatting with them*

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Sometimes, you just can't help the cuteness. A little weird, a little extra, but hey nothing wrong with making a kid's day in the real world. It's in your blood and you're not sorry about it.

2. When you make a "Safe D begins with me" joke, but you forget your friends back home don't get it

"Josh! Don't jump off of that, Safe D does not begin with you!"

You think you are being hilarious, however, your friends back home have no idea what the Four Keys are. Your Cast Member friends would crack up over a Safe D joke. You got pretty accustomed to sliding them into your daily conversations.

Sometimes you forget that it's just not funny if you haven't gone through Welcome to Operations training. Don't even get me started about accidentally making a safe lifting with Andy joke. You have a tendency to laugh at yourself as you flashback to some of the best memories of your life.

3. Your mind will form hidden Mickeys from literally anything

"GUYS, GUYS, GUYS, LOOK".

Confused friend: "...what?".

"IT'S A HIDDEN MICKEY... IN MY SALAD!".

You get way too excited over three circles coming together, but it reminds you of your life as a Cast Member. Oh, the days that you would spend pointing out hidden Mickey's to guests as they got overly excited. You want to go back to them more than anything.

4. When you try to make plans for a date

"So we could like hit up Studios for a little and maybe make it to Magic for the fireworks? I'll make us some FastPasses if you... wait... uh...?".

Dinner and a movie just don't cut it when you're so used to hyping up kicking their butt at Toy Story Mania, then cuddling in their arms before Happily Ever After. It's honestly so hard to go on dates in the real world because you know it's never going to compare to those effortless first Cast Member ones.

5. When you order Starbucks

"What do you mean they're not going to randomly write Princess Dana on my cup? Wow, sad".

You might not realize just how much it made your whole day when the Main Street Barista would write something magical on your cute park cup. The real world Starbucks run just doesn't do it like Disney does.

6. When you see a Disney Parks commercial

The world pauses for a hot second. Your head pops up from whatever you were doing. Sobs, just instant sobs with no explanation as your heart aches from how much you miss being a part of the magic


7. When you talk about your performer friends

"So my friend whose friends with Goofy is hanging out with Prince Charming today for limited time magic".

Friend: "What are you even saying?".

We will never blow the magic.. ever, but we also get some really confused looks explaining whose friends with who. It's second nature, we can't help it. It just sounds wrong to us any other way.

8. When you give directions

*uses full hand* "It's going to be all the way down the hall to the right".

You're always going to use your Cast Member ways to get people where they need to go. You're always going to exaggerate certain words. You're always going to be as clear and concise as possible. Four Keys for life.

9. You wouldn't dare point to anything without using two fingers

It just feels wrong, okay? Walt taught us better than that. Two figures are way less rude then one. It makes total sense.

10. When you talk about Disney things

Your heart fills with excitement, your eyes widen and the biggest smile stretches across your lips. For just a second, magic floats through your veins again. You miss it more and more every day.


11. When you use Disney language for non-Disney life

"Oh man, everything went 101, I hope I can get an ER, I'll check backstage".

Coworker: "Uh? what?".

We actually do speak another language sometimes, and sometimes we forget that it's not so common in the real world.

12. You overuse the world magical.. a lot.

Landed a job interview? Magic. Had an amazing New Year's Eve? Magical. Trip and spill your coffee all over your new suede shoes...sarcastically magical.

13. When you see fireworks in the real world

"Okay, what? It's Fourth of July, where is the panoramic finale? There's no music?". *plays Wishes soundtrack* *cries*.

Sometimes the real world just doesn't exceed your expectations. Nothing beats a Disney firework show, it just doesn't compare. Call us firework snobs, but we know the ins and outs behind a good show.

14. When someone asks what our favorite country is

"I really love Morocco, just the whole vibe is so cool".

Friend: "You've been?".

"Yes! In Epcot".

Same thing, right?

15. When you talk about your Cast Member friends

You don't find it unusual that you literally know someone in every country, every state, anywhere you can think of-- odds are you know someone who lives there. You meet A LOT of people, from A LOT of different places while you work for the Mouse. You can't deny that it's the coolest thing ever.


16. When someone asks you to help them book a Walt Disney World Vacation.

You actually turn into a VIP Tour Guide. You know every square inch, you've eaten at every single restaurant, rode every single ride. It becomes your set goal to help them plan the absolute best vacation of their lives.

Your heart pounces as you set them up with the My Disney Experience app. You score them the best of the best FastPasses using your old tips and tricks and you couldn't be happier for the magic they are about to witness.

17. When you book a trip back

Pixie dust RUNS through your limbs. You see those purple road signs for the first time in forever. You may or may not actually shed a tear as they welcome you home. You walk into the park, reunite with all your old friends and you twirl right back into your old cast member self.

If you're like me, you know that this is where you are meant to be. You are willing to do whatever it takes to come back home. Leaving never gets easier.

With a little faith, trust and the courage to pursue, your dream will come true if you just keep on believing. It might not be now, but don't get discouraged. Once a Cast Member, always a Cast Member. If your dream is to work for Disney's Marketing and/or Social Media team and maybe one day write for Disney's Park Blog, or whatever it is, "take that dream with you-- where ever you may go".

Cover Image Credit: Brian Barilone

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20 Things That Happen When A Jersey Person Leaves Jersey

Hoagies, pizza, and bagels will never be the same.
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Ah, the "armpit of America." Whether you traveled far for college, moved away, or even just went on vacation--you know these things to be true about leaving New Jersey. It turns out to be quite a unique state, and leaving will definitely take some lifestyle adjustment.

1. You discover an accent you swore you never had.

Suddenly, people start calling you out on your pronunciation of "cawfee," "wooter," "begel," and a lot more words you totally thought you were saying normal.

2. Pork Roll will never exist again.

Say goodbye to the beautiful luxury that is pork roll, egg, and cheese on a bagel. In fact, say goodbye to high-quality breakfast sandwiches completely.

3. Dealing with people who use Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, or Dominos as their go-to pizza.

It's weird learning that a lot of the country considers chain pizza to be good pizza. You're forever wishing you could expose them to a real, local, family-style, Italian-owned pizza shop. It's also a super hard adjustment to not have a pizza place on every single block anymore.

4. You probably encounter people that are genuinely friendly.

Sure Jersey contains its fair share of friendly people, but as a whole, it's a huge difference from somewhere like the South. People will honestly, genuinely smile and converse with strangers, and it takes some time to not find it sketchy.

5. People drive way slower and calmer.

You start to become embarrassed by the road rage that has been implanted in your soul. You'll get cut off, flipped off, and honked at way less. In fact, no one even honks, almost ever.

6. You realize that not everyone lives an hour from the shore.

Being able to wake up and text your friends for a quick beach trip on your day off is a thing of the past. No one should have to live this way.

7. You almost speak a different language.

The lingo and slang used in the Jersey area is... unique. It's totally normal until you leave, but then you find yourself receiving funny looks for your jargon and way fewer people relating to your humor. People don't say "jawn" in place of every noun.

8. Hoagies are never the same.

Or as others would say, "subs." There is nothing even close in comparison.

9. Needing Wawa more than life, and there's no one to relate.

When you complain to your friends about missing Wawa, they have no reaction. Their only response is to ask what it is, but there's no rightful explanation that can capture why it is so much better than just some convenient store.

10. You have to learn to pump gas. Eventually.

After a long period of avoidance and reluctance, I can now pump gas. The days of pulling up, rolling down your window, handing over your card and yelling "Fill it up regular please!" are over. When it's raining or cold, you miss this the most.

11. Your average pace of walking is suddenly very above-average.

Your friends will complain that you're walking too fast - when in reality - that was probably your slow-paced walk. Getting stuck behind painfully slow people is your utmost inconvenience.

12. You're asked about "Jersey Shore" way too often.

No, I don't know Snooki. No, our whole state and shore is not actually like that. We have 130 miles of some of the best beach towns in the country.

13. You can't casually mention NYC without people idealizing some magical, beautiful city.

Someone who has never been there has way too perfect an image of it. The place is quite average and dirty. Don't get me wrong, I love a good NYC day trip as much as the next person, but that's all it is to you... a day trip.

14. The lack of swearing is almost uncomfortable.

Jerseyans are known for their foul mouths, and going somewhere that isn't as aggressive as us is quite a culture adjustment.

15. No more jughandles.

No longer do you have to get in the far right lane to make a left turn.

16. You realize that other states are not nearly as extreme about their North/South division.

We literally consider them two different states. There are constant arguments and debates about it. The only thing that North and South Jersey can agree on is that a "Central Jersey" does not exist.

17. Most places also are not in a war over meat.

"Pork roll" or "taylor ham"... The most famous debate amongst North and South Jersey. It's quite a stupid argument, however, considering it is definitely pork roll.

18. You realize you were spoiled with fresh produce.

After all, it's called the "Garden State" for a reason. Your mouth may water just by thinking about some fresh Jersey corn.

19. You'll regret taking advantage of your proximity to everything.

Super short ride to the beach and a super short ride to Philly or NYC. Why was I ever bored?

20. Lastly, you realize how much pride you actually have in the "armpit of America," even if you claimed to dislike it before.

After all, there aren't many places with quite as much pride. You find yourself defending your state at all necessary moments, even if you never thought that would be the case.

Cover Image Credit: Travel Channel

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10 Things That Keep College Girls Up At Night

We all try to go to sleep early, but then thoughts, fear, and wonder creep in.

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Thoughts, fear, worry, and so many other things run through your mind. Whether it's boys, food, or clothes we stay up at ungodly times for ungodly reasons. These are at least the top ten things that keep me along with most girls awake at if not every night.

1. What to wear the next day 

As a girl it can become a little stressful to decide what to wear. Plus even if you lay out an outfit you never know how you're going to feel the next morning. Also lord forbid it be that time of the month because I don't think any girl wants to be in clothes during that time.

2. Wondering if you studied enough

It's the night before a huge a test and you've studied for four hours. It doesn't matter how many hours you've studied you're still going to stay awake all hours of the night wondering if it was enough.

3. Boys... The Good, the bad, and the ugly concerning them

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Boys are all in all stressful. It doesn't matter if it's good stress about what to wear on a date. Bad stress where he won't answer a simple question but will tiptoe all the way around it. Then finally the ugly where he cheated on you so you stay up crying.

4. Wondering if we'll actually get a job after college 

We all know that after college it is extremely hard to get a job. Not only to get a job but to get a job in the field that we want one in.

5. Stressing about grades 

Grades. That's all. Good or bad we stress out.

6. That thing that happened five years ago that you shouldn't be worrying about

All girls, including me, stay up all hours of the night worrying about that person we got into a fight with five years ago and what we could've done differently. There's nothing we can do to change what happened in the past so we kind of need to try to stop worrying about it.

7. The thought of dropping out 

College is frustrating and can be extremely hard. Hard enough to the point that we stay awake wondering should I drop out and work at McDonald's the rest of my life because honestly that sounds better than college at some times.

8. Wondering if you finished everything you were supposed to do today and aren't just forgetting

Homework is stressful and I'm forgetful. Also I'm forgetful to the point of I will think I did every last thing and then sit up in the middle of the night and realize I forgot to do one assignment.

9. Thinking about things months away that you shouldn't even be concerned with

As being a member of a sorority we have formals and semi-formals. Even though those are months in advance I can't help but worrying about them. It's happening on down the road but everyone has to find an outfit, date, and whatever else is involved with that process.

10. Food... Always 

Food keeps every girl up. Don't lie because we all do it. I'm already thinking about what I'm going to eat tomorrow.

All of these things keep me and every other girl up at night no matter what. Whether it's one of these things or all ten things don't worry we'll get some sleep eventually.

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