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?

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*


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


Confused friend: "...what?".


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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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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Monthly Shoutouts: April

The second edition of monthly shoutouts!!

The best part of writing for Odyssey is that you can workshop many ideas and visions. So I'm going to try something that has probably been done in order improve my weekly article production. Monthly shoutouts will be broken down into 3-4 categories: Entertainment, Sports, Politics, and something about Twitter/Memes. Now, I know this is probably cliché, plus I get swept away with school and other activities so I might lose track of all the news each individual week, so fair warning if I missed something you deemed important from last month. So here we are with the Second edition of Monthly Shoutouts: April.

Entertainment: J.Cole and Post Malone

April was a good month for music, but what stood out the most was albums by Carolina's finest, J.Cole, and genre connoisseur, Post Malone. Post Malone's album, "beerbongs & Bentleys", has multiple songs on the top 100 at the moment and for some reason, it is deemed the best album of the year. Let us not get ahead of ourselves, J.Cole's "K.O.D" is absolutely stellar; some might even say it is better than Post Malone's album (insert glancing eyes emoji). Like honestly, KOD was lit AF, and I'm here for album covers with kids doing drugs and titles with multiple meanings!

But all in all, these two deserve a shoutout, not for the specifics of their albums, but for releasing music in general because I know for damn sure who isn't releasing music! *cough* TWENTY-ONE PILOTS, TRAVIS SCOTT, AND RIHANNA *cough* As you can see, I'm an eager person...on to the next subject!

Sports: The NFL Draft

In a sport where nobody knows what's going on, the NFL holds an event that symbolizes everything I just made in my first statement. The draft was held in Dallas this year and the hype was real, considering that some of the best players to ever play college football was in this year's draft. The Brown's, as usual, had two of the top ten picks drafting Heisman Trophy Winner QB Baker Mayfield at number one and Denzel Ward out of Ohio State at number four. The NY Giants took Penn State's Saquan Barkley at number two who I am perfectly fine with saying I got a man crush on. I mean the dude is amazing and he looks like something God made on Madden 18. Also, the terrible NY Jets took USC QB Sam Darnold at number three, and he looks like a Lego Policeman...and that's my analysis.

But aside from that, this is the perfect opportunity to talk about my Atlanta Falcons! The Falcons drafted the Calvin Ridley out the Co-National Champs, and third choice on my list of colleges, The University of Alabama. This beast and Julio Jones will decimate defenses across the league, and with that being said I declare us Super Bowl 54 Champs in our own stadium in 2019. So Shoutout to the NFL for making nothing into something #RiseUp.

Politics: Kanye West?

Future President Kanye West has made some headlines this April and it wasn't for his music. Kanye decided to say on twitter that he's a Trump supporter, so that of course sparked a conversation that America had no intention of having: "What the hell is wrong with Kanye?". Let's be fair, Kanye was barely sane. In fact, that's his whole persona and hypothetical identity. Kanye is doing what people don't want him to do, which is literally the basis of his whole career.Now his TMZ interview, on the other hand, was totally out of line! 400 years of slavery was a choice? That's like saying sitting in the back of the bus was a personal preference, or if homelessness is a fashion choice. Kanye totally could've worded that differently so he deserves the backlash. But at the end of the day, Shoutout to Kanye West, not because I agree with anything he's saying, but because he caused chaos and I'm totally down with setting Twitter on fire.

Twitter: Mason Ramsey(aka our President)

How could I write an article about April without mentioning the greatest thing to happen to this country since Pizza Rolls? Mason Ramsey, aka "The Yodeling Walmart Kid", snatched the hearts of America after a viral video of him speaking the voice of the lord in aisle 9 of a Wal-Mart. Now he's a full-on superstar and is releasing singles!

Personally, I'm not buying him being in love at the age of 10, but if he has the heart to give, I have the heart to give. Country music isn't my forte, and the kid is really talented, but I'm lowkey waiting for the dark edgy Mason Ramsey where he has adlibs where his yodeling gets auto-tuned or tracks with Migos and Kendrick Lamar! Other than that, shout out to Mason Ramsey for making people care about yodeling, which probably hasn't happened since the Civil War...


These are just some personal shoutouts from my life that I'd like to give, mostly because I'm home for the summer and I can be busy and forget to give them when I'm thinking about them...

1) Shoutout to my first year of College! It was a fun time and I truly believe I have the right group of friends in my life to take to my desired future. So shout out to my fellow c/o 21' homies!!

2) Shoutout to Odyssey for sneaking up behind Muse and stabbing it in the back! This is sorta self-involved, but the writing software we use for our articles is called Muse and it's terrible but in a lovable way. Like eating leftover Chipotle at 3 a.m. The new Beta is pretty cool but just as wonky as Muse, so us writers are stuck in a void of confusion and pain. But that's us writers, typing using our tears as fuel trying to meet deadlines.

3) Shoutout to My Mom and all the other moms out there, because this will be posted in May and I'll feel left out for not addressing the fact I have a mother on any platform of media. So Happy Late Mother's Day and sorry for telling my mom that in person instead of telling the world that on Instagram.

Cover Image Credit: Mason Ramsey

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