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Monday, February 16th, 2009
3:38 pm - WDW Cast Member Experiences

Hi there,
My name is Jeff Heimbuch.
I'm in the midst of writing a "Behind The Scenes" type book about Walt Disney World, told through the eyes of employees of the Mouse, and need more insider tales! Hence, my coming across you.
I'm looking for all kinds of employees, no matter what your job was. Whether you flipped burgers at Disney Hollywood Studios, ran an attraction at The Magic Kingdom, or even cleaned up after hours, I want to speak to you!
I'm mostly looking for anecdotal stories about your job (good and bad), any funny or fond memories, and even run-in's with guests.
If you're interested in speaking with me about it, I'd love to talk to you! Please feel free to contact me for more information! You can respond back to me on here or via email at jeff@bamferproductions.com
Thanks and hope to speak with you soon!
- Jeff Heimbuch

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Sunday, May 6th, 2007
7:43 pm - As the season draws close..

I hope this isn't against the rules. If so, feel free to remove it.

As the on-season approaches, I thought I'd throw this community out to any theme/amusement/attraction/animal park employees, who feel they could use a place to rant now and then.

"Do you work in a theme park, zoo, or related attraction? Do those park guests just get on your last nerves sometimes? Well, then just like customers_suck is a place for one to rant about customers.. this is the place for you! Rant, whine, and complain until your heart's content.

Anyone, past or present, who's worked within an amusement park or zoo setting is welcomed here. We like all stories, so even if your's is an oldie.. go ahead and tell us about it! No doubt we'll have felt your pain. Rant away!

Guests suck sometimes. It's as simple as that."


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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
6:10 pm

Most of you have probably heard by going to the LiveJournal home page that you can now send people "virtual gifts" to go on their user info. They appear for two weeks and then vanish. Now, you DO have to pay for them, but they are quite cheap (99 cents!).

It dawned on me... if they appear somewhere... does that mean there can be too many of them? I'm sure there's a limit somewhere, but how many? So I've decided I want to find out and see what happens if I get, say, a thousand roses. So that's my goal! Now, as they only show up for two weeks (and then vanish forever!), I must act quickly. If you will take the time to click on this handy, dandy link right here, you'll be taken to the page. It's less than a dollar, and you'll be contributing to valuable scientific research! Or, my own LJ obsession, whichever.

Feel free to post this around (everywhere!) because I'm curious and need lots of people to do this. There will also, in order to make this more interesting, be a special prize for whoever buys me the MOST roses. (All for the cause, of course.)

Thank you for you time, effort, money, and propagation of my unhealthy online addictions. :)

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Saturday, January 28th, 2006
10:45 pm

Murphy's Law of LJ: When you are out of town for the weekend, your friends list WILL update in excess of 300 times and you will not be able to catch up. Conversely, when you spend a day sick at home, refreshing your friends page every 5 minutes, they will only update a total of 15 times.

I swear. I'm posting this around. Why? Because it's TRUE! And I'm frustrated. And bored. So maybe I'll get COMMENTS if I can't get UPDATES. Meh.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
3:41 am - Sea World Orlando Pay Rate

Hello, I'm an ex-attractions employee of the WDW Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort. I was wondering if there are any Sea World Orlando Adventure Park employees who could tell me the start pay rate of Attractions. (Kraken, Journey to Atlantis, Wild Artic)

Thanx in advance.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
11:50 am - For US employees.

My name is Keith Helinski, I've fell in love with Universal since my first trip at age 15 (now age 21).

I've always wanted to move down to Florida, relocate - so to speak. And always wanted to work at Universal in some capacity. Now, I am at that age where I want to pick up and go - but in today society (especially the cost of living and in recent current events (since it is on the news as we speak), gas.

I've been diligently sending resumes by both email and regular mail to Universal with a cover letter and resume, asking for a job. Not sure what I would prefer. I do have movie theater and restaurant experience in the clean up area, so maybe I should aim for that. I know it's not something to live by entirely, but it's something to work myself up to (I could see my self as manager within a couple of years or so).

I happen to live in the Metro area of Detroit, Michigan. So it is quite a drive to pick up and go. But I am in all utmost anxious and motivated. And while it is a spontaneous and stupid plan (since there is no guarantee of a job), it's always been my dream. I just don't know if it is ideally...and just need some perceptive from full time employees of Universal. There are so many opportunities at Universal, it's endless. And with my credentials and such, I don't see how there is a problem. But I am not sure if it is entirely realistic - and I am still not guarantee a job if I do decide to just pick up and leave...

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10:48 am - don't mean to be a bother

Just had a question.

In stitch's great escape, what does 'sarge's' wife ask him to pick up at the store?

I am making up a quiz for our visit to the Magic Kingdom.


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Sunday, July 17th, 2005
8:31 am - More introductions.

Wow, this community seems dominated by UO team members ...

Anyway, hi! I've worked for Universal for three years now. I started off as a Vacation Planner, transferred to Entertainment, and am now in Human Resources.

Question, though ... how many of you have worked for at least two different theme parks? Was it better to work for one than the other?

I originally came down to Orlando as part of Disney's College Program, but I hated it. I liked the people I met, but the work environment was just awful.

current mood: curious

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
3:18 pm - Hello From A Universal Employee

Hey guys. I just joined and thought I'd introduce myself. I have worked at Universal Orlando since 1992, just after graduating from high school. Here are the jobs I've had:

Food Service Cashier (1 year)
Kongfrontation Attendant (2 years)
Back To The Future Attendant (1 year)
ET Attendant (just a couple of months, when pregnant. Sat and did the names all day... boring!)
Food Services Data Control Clerk (1 year - basically data entry at the time)
Food Services Clerk (1 year - receptionist)
Food Service Purchasing Coordinator (1 1/2 years)
CityWalk Warehouse Coordinator (9 months)
Park Services Admin. Assistant (2 years)
Internal Audit Assistant (1 year)
Parking Admin. Assistant (7 months)
Finance Admin. Assistant (so far, a little more than a year)

Whew! I've been around. In my defense, I was laid off from 2 of those jobs, and then they found me something else. The other moves were usually a better opportunity or more money. I am desperately trying to get out of Finance (boring), and I think I want to move into Sales and Marketing for good, maybe move up out of the admin role into management.

Anyway, I really like working here. For one thing, you have so many opportunities (obviously). And they do treat us well.

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Friday, July 1st, 2005
6:34 pm - Hello

Hey everyone,

I just came across this group today. I work at Florida’s nature theme park, Silver Springs. I have been there a year as a bird of prey trainer and entertainer. We also have a collection have several different kinds of exotic birds.

I think most of you agree but you have your good days and your bad days with guest coming into your park.

Is there anyone on this group an animal trainer in another park…..if so please let me know because I’m looking for another job dealing with animals.

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
10:25 am - Quick Question

I'm about to move down to Orlando. I really want to work at Universal. I've been a ride Op for the past two years @ Sixflags in GA. I was wondering how hard is it to get in the ride department @ Universal?

Please Answer,

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
6:16 pm - Mardi Gras

Does anyone who works at Universal know how to get my brother and I on one of the Mardi Gras floats? I really wanna take him to do that. The problem is he's 15. Any help would be awesome! If you get us on one, I'll buy you lunch or something!

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Monday, March 7th, 2005
4:40 am

I need more late-nighters on my buddy list and friends list.

IM me and/or add me if you're up. Preferably both.

Heck, add me even if you read this tomorrow, although, I suggest reading my user info before doing so. But if you love me, I love you! But I'm particuarly bored right now, so I need some stimulus.

AIM: pinpointsoflight
Yahoo: elizatilden

Cross-posted because I'm cool lame like that.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
1:59 pm - Hey, I work at Universal too.
life_continues I am just getting back into the live journal scene and was pretty thrilled to find a community with fellow Universal employees.

I work in IOA's Circus McGircus as a cook so come on over a nd say hey.

So far I enjoy the hell out of being an employee at Universal and am looking forward to advancement.

I've also always wanted to go to HHN but have never had the money or time to do so until I moved to Orlando and even more recently achieved the ability of going to the park whenever the hell I feel like it. But now I have another problem- a lack of people to go with. So if anyone would like to go through the houses, drop me a line.

By the way, my name is Zach.

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
2:23 pm

hey was wondering if anyone down in WDW had some ideas on places to live around there & if there are any comunity colleges around?... i'm moving to FL in a little while & looking for some info... thankz...

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Monday, June 21st, 2004
4:13 pm - HELLOOO

hey kittens. my name is rachel, and I am a disney world "character performer." my baby kaka (the last person to post here) told me about this community and I thought it was totally SLAMMIN. I like the idea of a community like this!!! anyway. I dress up as lots of characters, but I'm not supposed to tell anybody that, I'm supposed to say that I "work with" the characters. because the characters are real.

I have a few funny stories to tell, mainly about children. children are funny. and disney is absolutely crazy. yay!

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Saturday, June 19th, 2004
7:44 pm - E.T.

Well, I also work at Universal Studios Orlando. I've been at the E.T. Adventure as a seasonal employee for a little over a year now.

It's fun, but I hate the QPM that come all the damn time to rate how well the employees at each ride are doing. We just got one back, and I was mentioned 3 times, which is mega crazy. One was good, for 'additional positive comments made'.

Two were bad though, one for 'little debris', referring to trash of course, which, what the hell, maybe I was just bumped in, and didn't have a chance to pick up all the shit? Because I know I throw away a LOT of nasty ass trash every day. Gross ass tourists. ick.

And the other bad one was for pointing, which I didn't realize was such a terrible thing. In my orientation, the guy said that we shouldn't point with two fingers because thats what Disney does, and that overall it doesn't really matter. So whatever. Plus the whole-hand-point looks incredibly ridiculous and pompous, so I don't do that. And I honestly don't see how anyone could possibly be offended by my pointing with one finger into the forest in order to direct the guest flow. It just isn't offensive. Unless you're pointing at a person... I guess.

Anyway, I love E.T. I hate QPM. And guests can be quite retarded at times.

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Friday, June 18th, 2004
9:33 pm - THANK YOU!

Hello, Please Join the Orlando Flash Mob Community!

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Monday, June 7th, 2004
11:07 am - Newbie <----- Points to self.

Hey there. I'm new, if the title didn't grasp you. I work @ Universal Orlando in guest services. I have also worked at Men In Black and Kong when he was still here. fun times. I've been here over three years.

so just saying hi.

current mood: tired

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Thursday, May 27th, 2004
1:28 am - Hello

I work at Universal Orlando and this reminded me of so many of the rides in the theme park business.



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