As a child, there is perhaps no greater place to visit on the planet than Disney World. It’s one of the most magical places on the planet, and not just for kids! Even teenagers and adults can have a great time. There are amazing rides to check out, sights to see, foods to eat and more. However, this amazing experience wouldn’t be possible without a ton of hard work and planning behind the scenes. There are hundreds of Disney employees at Disney World, and over the years, they have given out some revealing and shocking secrets about Disney, including these 12. You simply won’t believe number 8.
#12 Strict Appearance Guidelines
While some workplaces can discriminate based on how someone looks or dresses, looking presentable and professional is paramount at Disney. When you are brought on as an employee, you are given a book that outlines all the regulations and guidelines about how you should look, and they are fairly strict.
#11 Special Language
When you enter into Disney World, there is a special language that all the cast members must use. Remember, all of Disney World is like a giant theatrical production, and breaking character is no good. For example, if someone ventures somewhere in the park that they are not allowed to, cast members will alert them that they are “going backstage.” Check out the 7th entry for something else unique that Disney requires of their employees.
#10 Animal Kingdom
If you have ever been to the Animal Kingdom portion at Disney World, you know it is a bit lower in the ground. Many believe this is due to the geography of Florida and the abundance of sinkholes, but that isn’t the case. Animal Kingdom was actually designed a few feet into the ground to allow greater immersion between guests and the animals.
#9 Perks Galore
While being a Disney employee is hard work that takes a lot of dedication, there are definitely some perks to it too. You get free admission on days off, discounts on everything, as well as a discount card for your family as well. With Disney often being fairly expensive, those are some sweet deals. The next secret is fairly gross.
#8 Sharing Underwear
Gross, but true. Up until 2001, Disney employees had to share undergarments with one another. Different costumes required things like tights, jockstraps and more, and many employees complained these weren’t often cleaned very well. As a result, numerous employees got lice and other diseases/issues from these unclean undies.
#7 Unique Pointing
Apparently, Walt Disney absolutely hated when people used a single finger to point or made other gestures with only one finger. Because of this, he instituted a rule where everyone must use two fingers when pointing guests in a direction, or simply guide them in a direction with an open palm instead.
#6 Hidden Mickeys
Even in a place that is visited by thousands and thousands of people every day, secrets continue to exist, right out in the open. Throughout Disney World, there are countless “hidden Mickeys.” These are all over the park and guests love to try and find them all and track where they found them.
#5 No Trash
In Disney World, they like to keep the grounds as clean as possible. In fact, there is a trash can every 25 feet throughout the park. But even with so many cans, people still litter. This means Disney employees have to be on the look out for trash and pick it up in one smooth motion if they see it.
#4 Unique Smells
Disney is a totally immersive experience, and that goes for all of your senses. In fact, you may have noticed that different parts of Disney World have a distinctly different smell. Well, this is done on purpose. Disney uses “Smellitizers” to distribute various different smells in different areas of the park.
#3 Secret Employee Store
At a place like Disney, people often forget items and leave things behind. These items are stored safely for a certain time in case people come back to get them. However, after that, employees are able to purchase them from a special store. All proceeds from this secret store go to charity.
#2 Walt Disney’s Plane
In Hollywood, Disney actually keeps Walt Disney’s plane hidden backstage. Employees can go back anytime and check it out. This plane was used by Walt Disney himself to scout different spots in Florida to find out where to put Disney World. It truly is a great and legendary piece of Disney history.
#1 Underground Tunnels
Underneath all the hustle and bustle of Disney World, there is a network of underground tunnels. These allow employees quick and unseen access to where they are working. Of course, can’t have all these characters walking with each other on the surface! Unfortunately, it is said to be very hot and smelly under there.