Disney “Traditions” is a class that every cast member takes at Disney University in Lake Buena Vista. During the class, they go over the 4 Key Basics that Walt Disney invented and are the basis of how to be an excellent Disney employee. The 4 Keys are: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.
During the training course, there were a lot of lectures and powerpoint presentations, but to demonstrate the Basics we all got up and were put on a bus. It was so random. But, we were driven right to the entrance to the secret tunnels at Magic Kingdom. That was really cool to see!!!
We walked around Main Street USA and Fantasyland while wearing “whisper ears”, meaning we had an earbud in our ears to listen to the instructor as he lead us around. It felt pretty VIP. (That way none of the Park guests knew we were there in training. The leader looked straight ahead as he walked and talked, not looking at us trailing behind him.)
We had to come up with examples of how “Safety” was demonstrated in the Parks, like the use of guard rails on bridges, etc.
After we got back to the classroom, when we were almost done, we heard a knock at the door. In comes Mickey Mouse! He went around shaking everyone’s hands. He had brought us our Disney nametags! That was really special. Nametags are always worn over your heart. ❤
Another great part of my day was that when we went to Disney Casting, to get fingerprinted, etc., and I found a Hidden Mickey in the sparkles on the wall! 🙂
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