I used to work at the Disneyland Resort.
It’s no surprise that Disneyland is known as the “most magical place on earth,” so there’s always a sense of mystery and excitement.
There are five Disneyland resorts around the world, attracting a staggering 16 million visitors each year, and an operation of this size can’t rely on magic alone to run smoothly.
But what happens behind the scenes to ensure that the world’s largest theme parks run smoothly and that visitors have an unforgettable experience?
Two former employees reveal what life is like behind the scenes at the magical theme park in this video…
Danny Hayes-Lissack, 31, of Cardiff, worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Florida’s Magic Kingdom in 2009 and discovered Disneyland has an underground world that guests never see.
“People may already know this, but Magic Kingdom has tunnels beneath the park – known as ‘utilidors,'” he tells Fabulous.
“If anyone is fortunate enough to visit Magic Kingdom in the future, keep in mind that you’re actually on the first floor, with the cast members who aren’t ‘onstage’ beneath you as you walk around the park.”
“The utilidors are there to keep each area of the park authentic – you’d never see a pirate working in Adventureland mixing with the princesses in Fantasyland!”
“It’s like an underground city, with cars driving around and people walking to and from work – there’s even a Subway station in the cafeteria.”
Staff members must adhere to strict park rules in order to provide guests with the most authentic Disney experience possible.
Sally Hall, 45, of Stratford upon Avon, was a Disney Performer at MGM Studios in Orlando and Paris before founding Dorothy and Theodore.
“If you worked as a performer, there were a lot of rules,” Sally tells Fabulous.
“Only approved make-up, nail polish colors, no tanning, and upholding the magic – which I kind of like… smiling was mandatory.”
At the park, even the smallest details are taken into account.
“Disney even paid for my colored contact lenses to make my eyes the color they wanted them to be,” Sally says.
“I was once asked out on set by a guy who did not recognize me when he saw me in a club later that night!”
“I looked so different in make-up and show wigs that the reality didn’t match up – he clearly wanted a blue-eyed blonde, not a brown-eyed brunette like me!”
Danny acknowledges the importance of appearances, saying, “Rules have loosened in recent years, but…
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