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Disney Cast Member Secrets Revealed

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Disney Cast Member Secrets Revealed

Disney World is full of pixie dust, magic and – secrets. To keep the magical realm just that – magical – there are certain things that cast members have to remain quiet about. From fake bakery smells to Disney tunnels and even code words – the list is quite extensive. Here are some of the secrets of Disney World from actual cast members:

There aren’t any Sad Kids in Disney World

It’s thought to be bad publicity to have a child crying while in the parks; however, sometimes kid’s cry. If a cast member sees an unhappy child, they can invoke the no “sad kids” rule. This may be giving them a new ice cream or a themed toy. Their goal is to do whatever is necessary to return the smile to their face.

There’s No Pointing in Disney World

Cast members are not allowed to point. If they are giving directions, they have to use an open palm or two fingers. This is because pointing is rude in some cultures and these methods are much easier.

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Even their Fingernails Must have the “Disney” Look

There are special rules related to fingernails for cast members. It is required that all nails are clean and neat. Men’s nails can’t be any longer than his fingertips and women’s can’t be over a quarter of an inch.

Disney University is Real

Before acquiring a role as a cast member, everyone has to take the Traditions course at Disney University. This class teaches the history of Disney, the role the parks play and their role in preserving the magic.

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Disney Characters Don’t Know other Stories

The universe of Disney is quite insular. The characters don’t know about the world outside of Disney. They have never read Harry Potter or worn designer shoes. Characters will even say they have never heard of something outside of the Disney realm if asked by a visitor.

There are Tunnels Under the Magic Kingdom

Utilidoors are located under the park allowing everything to remain hidden from guests. This ensures none of the magic is lost.

As you can see, there are quite a few hidden secrets in the world of Disney. However, these just help to keep the magic as real as possible.

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22 Comments

  1. robin rue says

    Ah yes, the Disney point. My friend pointed that out to me years ago and now we do it around our house for fun.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Oh wow. That is amazing that they have an actual Disney University. No wonder Disney always gets everything so right on.

  3. Bill Sweeney says

    I am not surprised at all that there are so many regulations or that there is a Disney University. Disney always goes the extra mile to make everything perfect, so this makes sense. I think it’s great that they put so much thought into everything.

  4. Jeanine says

    How amazing I had no idea there was a Dinsey University. That is pretty awesome, Disney always knows how to go above and beyond!

  5. Sarah Bailey says

    How cool are these facts, I heard someone say something about Disney University earlier this year and I was like no way! I really wanted to be a cast member many years ago but sadly my health wouldn’t let me, if I had a do over and was well I would totally go for it.

  6. Kelly Hutchinson says

    I had no idea there was actually a Disney University. That is so interesting and smart too!

  7. Marcie W. says

    I love learning fun insider info like this! I look forward to sharing these secrets with the Disney fanatics in my life.

  8. Liz Mays says

    Ah, there is always something new to learn about Disney World. Clearly they put a lot of thought into making the place clean and friendly.

  9. Theresa says

    I always love to learn something new about Disney. I’ll have to pay attention next time I am there to see how the cast members direct me without pointing.

  10. Pam says

    I never thought about it, but Disney gets visitors from around the world. It would make sense that they don’t want to offend anyone by pointing.

  11. Monica says

    I had no idea! I can’t wait to share these details with my family. We ARE HUGE Disney fans.

  12. Felicia says

    This is so cool!! I had no idea about half of this.

  13. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    These are really cool! I love how they keep everything magical in Disney! Thanks for sharing these! 😀

  14. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    Disney does set some tough standards.
    And I thought I heard there were tunnels involved – nice to get confirmation on this!

  15. Dawn McAlexander says

    I didn’t know they were not allowed to point. That makes sense, though. If it is rude in some cultures, then they shouldn’t be pointing. I actually did get to go into one of the underground tunnels, though. That was pretty cool.

  16. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says

    I love how they have the no “sad kid” rule! I didn’t know pointing was considered rude in some places! I need to change up my direction giving skills now! 😉

  17. My Teen Guide says

    Wow. This only proves that a Disney experience is guaranteed to be all smiles. I did not know about the fingernail length!

  18. Dana Vento says

    Disney is literally the happiest place on earth 😀 My family and I went there for my little brothers Make A Wish, it’s nice to know the characters care too!

  19. Michelle Waller says

    I read something similar and I think this is so cool reading about! I would love to learn more secrets!

  20. Katrina gehman says

    very cool. who doesn’t love disney? i’ll have to share this with my daughter

  21. Kiwi says

    I love these Disney secrets. I wonder if Snow white knew about the no sad rule with the little girl who went viral by ignoring her by continuing to eat her mac and cheese lol.

  22. Caitlin says

    I loved reading this… I’m such a Disney nerd! I never knew about the “no pointing” thing, but it makes total sense. There are so many gestures that mean so many different things!

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