Yesterday was the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at Magic Kingdom. The park was open from 6am-6am, and my shift was from 3:45 pm-5:15 am. Obviously, I survived. I went into the shift not knowing what to expect. I wasn’t 100% looking forward to it, but I wasn’t 100% dreading it either. Never having been a part of this kind of event and hearing other cast members talk about it, I was a little anxious that it would be completely insane. It really wasn’t! I’m sure if I worked in Fantasyland or Main Street it would be another story.
I didn’t have a single angry or upset guest. Everyone I talked to was so nice and friendly and fun. It was like EMH but busy. I got to interact with a lot of people and see some really neat costumes. I kept a notebook in my back pocket and kept track of how many different costumes I saw. Of course I missed some like when I was in Tower and couldn’t add tally marks to characters, but it’s still a lengthy list. This doesn’t count the little girls dressed from the Bippity Boppity Boutique or boys from the Pirates League, or the easy Disneybounding outfits. These are obvious COSTUMES that people but a lot of effort into.
I’m sick of seeing Ariel. I saw SEVENTEEN Ariel costumes. Not counting the girls who just put on a purple shirt and green pants and called it Ariel. No. I was sure I would see more Elsa and Annas than I did Ariels and Belles, but I was mistaken. But the character I didn’t plan on seeing but hoped I would was Jim Hawkins. Oh, Jim Hawkins. My number-one fictional, animated boyfriend. He is the reason that I suffer from Toonophilia. I sure wish I could have done a “Magical Moment” and gone on a private boat ride with him.
I was out front and talked to Thor, Wendy, and Rosetta for a while. Their brother, apparently, had been Peter Pan earlier in the day but had changed clothes. I was making fun of him for “Growing up” instead of staying Peter Pan forever, and he had the greatest excuse I’ve ever heard, “My tights were hurting me!” Not ten seconds after they went into the queue, he runs into a chain and breaks it. I went back over to him and agreed that he really is the mischief-making Peter Pan, tights or not.
Also, while I was at merge, a guest came through with his Fastpass and just as he went down the Starboard queue, touched my shoulder and said, “Thanks so much for working so hard tonight” with the most sincerity I’ve heard from a guest. I still had a long way to go in my shift at that point, but everyone was just as kind to me for the entire 13 hours I was there. I also had two frat boys tell me “You’re like a fuckin’ firework!” because I had rotated to another position when I saw them a second time and they were surprised that I’d just shown up somewhere different.
Usually in a shift that long, I can be sure to go to nearly, if not every position. Surprisingly, I was there 8 hours before I finally went to Tower. I never went to Fastpass Return, never went to Starboard Load or Starboard Grouper, never went to Unload 1 (only spent about 20 minutes picking boats at Unload during final rotation) never went to Registration out at the game, and only spent about 20 minutes at the game as Greeter. I spent a lot of time up at Mast and the Port load area, which was fine with me because I got to talk to a lot of people that way.
|Laughter for Marvel humor. #HailHydra|
|Every time I walked into the break room there was more food!|
The characters I saw:
Robin Hood and Maid Marion-1
Gender-bent Anastasia and Drizella-1
Angelica “Blackbeard’s Daughter”-1
Pain and Panic-1
Anastasia and Drizella-2