We think that the CMs in character roles – both face and fur – have some of the toughest jobs at Disney.
Whenever we watch the 3pm parade in the broiling sun, when it’s 95 degrees with 90% humidity out and we see all those princesses wearing their heavy 10 lb. + velvet costumes, seeing them smiling and waving to the crowds and looking as cool as a cucumber…it’s just amazing! They are weather champions!
And, then there are the guests:
In general, there seems to be a weird desire by guests to “debunk” the idea of Disney characters, like they’re blowing the lid off of some scam.
The official position of the Walt Disney Company is that all characters are real and there is only one of each of them, and the whole Park is organized so that no one will ever see two of a character at once — Mickey is never dining in a restaurant at a character breakfast and walking by in a parade at the same time.
We always have to be ready with an explanation of their schedules, because adults try to trip you up, saying they just saw a character across the MK Park, and now here they are over here as well. You have to try to keep a straight face while pointing out that, “Well, you had time to walk over here, so Mickey did too!”
I think just seeing someone in costume messes with people’s brains. Visitors would whisper insane stuff to me, like “So glad we got to see you, the kids don’t know we’re getting divorced after this trip” or “We haven’t told the kids yet that their mom has cancer.” Why the heck would you tell Mickey that…or a MK Park CM dressed as Mickey? [Most of us are in our early 20s and are not psych majors at college!]
Speaking of Mickey, every single terminally ill Make-a-Wish kid gets to meet him, and that’s hard. Because of how many sick kids visit the Park every week, it can be a painfully regular thing to see.
But, the Fairy Godmother has it hardest: Kids ask her to cure them of their [often fatal] disease. If I made it to the second set without sobbing, it was usually a good day.
To read more about working at Disney: http://www.cracked.com/article_21011_6-things-nobody-tells-you-about-working-at-disney-world.html#ixzz35hkWwSG6