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Sunday, October 12, 2008  

Cast Off

Years ago, I read an article in Radar about the subculture that is the workforce of Walt Disney World. "Cast members," to you and me. There's a whole social hierarchy, and at the very pinnacle are the people who portray animated characters without having to wear a mask. You know, your Snow Whites, your Cinderellas, your Belles. They’re like Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club times some kind of exponent.

M. Edium met one of those at EPCOT yesterday and totally dissed her.

We were waiting around for Belle and the Beast to show up, but they were late because we were getting a little rain. I can't believe Uncle Walt would tolerate such things in His creation, but apparently it happens. And apparently, as a result, Belle and the Beast don't come out into the open for photo ops. Maybe it's because a guy wearing ninety pounds of synthetic fur doesn't want to go home smelling like a wet dog, or maybe it's because some homecoming queen on steroids doesn't want her wig going limp. Either way, we spent way too much time waiting around for nothing to happen.

Inside one of the shops, there was an Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, who is probably better looking in real life without the giant blonde wig. At work, it kind of overwhelmed her face. Maybe that's why when she approached M. Edium and offered to be in a picture with him, he flatly said, "No."

Finally we gave up on B&B. On our way to the front gate, we cut through Spaceship Earth. Hoping to leaven his disappointment at not getting to meet two of his animated heroes, Trash spotted a sign that read "Wait here for cast members." She asked me to go ask the two women standing next to the sign which "cast members" would be arriving. Since we were in Spaceship Earth, we thought there was a fair chance of meeting Wall-E or even EVE. Yes, I know EVE hovers above the ground, but you can't tell me Disney's imagineers haven't found a workaround for repulsorlift technology.

The two women didn't seem to understand what I was asking them. I was like, "You know, the sign? Cast members? For a photo op or whatever?" Then one of them said, "We're the cast members," and I said, "Oh, okay then. Well, congratulations." Because what do you say after that? I had basically asked them, "The sign says to wait here for cool people, so where are they?"

But they were good sports about it, offering to let us take their picture anyway. M. Edium loved the idea.

It's a Small World

So far, that's the longest he's stood still for a picture all weekend, if not the longest time he's stood still period. And a blow for social cast(e) equality is struck.

posted by M. Giant 7:23 PM 7 comments


From the photo I think the sign didn't refer to "photo ops" so much as cast members assisting those with limited mobility.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 12, 2008 at 9:40 PM  

Oh Beast. We waited more than once over at France so our kiddo could shake his hairy paw. Alas, the two days we were at Epcot were during Ridiculous Rain Thanks to Hurricane spells, and Beast never emerged. (Yeah, we saw Belle - like in four different places, actually, but never Beast.) Kiddo was so disappointed, but then one of the cast members told her that Beast is scared of thunder, and not to tell anyone because it is a secret, and Kiddo felt a lot better. She had classified intel on Beast, woo!

He was the only character she really, really wanted to meet that we missed. Gives us something to strive for next summer when we go back.............

By Blogger Heather, at October 13, 2008 at 5:19 AM  

Oooh! That stuffed space shuttle he's holding is really cool! Wait until you get to take him to Kennedy Space Center one day. It's a space geek's dream come true!

By Blogger Deanna, at October 13, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

Oh. I guess I sound pretty silly now that I read down farther and realize you DID just go to KSC. :0

Hope you had a great time!

By Blogger Deanna, at October 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM  

Space shuttle? I thought it was a hotdog.
They oughta call it WAIT Disney World.

By Blogger Jane!, at October 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM  

Actually, at the top of the hierarchy are Mickey and Minnie since they're the two that are on hand for all the big events and announcements.

I learned that on a business trip to Disney World (a perk of working for a games magazine), during which I also got to see a shuttle lauch in the wee morning hours on the dock outside the Wilderness Lodge. An unforgettable and gorgeous moment -- although sadly, only two or three families had roused their kids from bed to watch.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 at 9:53 PM  

"Launch." Sheesh.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2008 at 9:54 PM  

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