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Disney Employees Share the Craziest Thing They’ve Seen at Work

Think no one would ever walk around Disney naked? Think again.

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A fairy tale gone wrong

“I was working in the kitchen at Cinderella’s castle when this family of four came in for their dinner. About halfway through the dinner, the husband politely stands up and taps his glass for attention. He announced that his wife of 15 years has been cheating on him for over a year. The entire place stood still in shock. He motioned for his kids, paid the waitress, and left the wife crying at the table.”  —Azov237 via Reddit

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Not the ride he had in mind

“One day, a kid ate a bunch of pasta with marinara and then promptly threw it all up right in front of the entrance to the Big Thunder Mountain ride. It was a huge pile of watery barf, easily two-feet wide and three-feet long. We called custodial and set up a couple of trash cans to do our best to block the area off, so people couldn’t step in it. This dude, wearing all white (white shirt, shorts, shoes) comes running down the path from the exit of the ride to try and get back into the line as soon as he can. We tried to yell at him to stop running, but it was too late. He thought he would be a super cool guy and jump between the trash cans. He jumps, lands in the barf and his legs slip out from under him, and he falls/rolls into all the red marinara barf. It took him a few seconds to comprehend what had just happened, but he eventually let out a bloodcurdling scream” —atheistpiece via Reddit

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A visit from the stork

“This couple was trying to ride Space Mountain and had a black duffel bag. (A cast member) heard something come from the bag, so he asked them to open it. They refused. Security comes, forces them to open it. It was their six-month-old baby.” —broken_long_thumbkey via RedditYikes! Here are some other secrets Disney employees won’t tell you.

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Dying for a snack

“Someone left an abandoned bag at the base of Space Mountain for more than 15 minutes, so we followed the normal security procedures and they brought a bomb dog out to sniff it. When our Pluto came to check the bag, he sniffed it and then sat down which signals there is something wrong with this bag. So we had to evacuate all of Tomorrowland, literally all of the attractions/stores/restaurants, and all the cast members were standing at all the entrances freaking out because now we were sure a bomb was going to go off and we would all die. Turned out that the backpack was just forgotten, full of carne asada burritos, and Pluto sat down because he thought he was getting a treat.”  —steakandasideofsteak via Reddit

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Grand theft pin

“When I was there, I worked on Main Street. The one thing that really caught my attention was this lady wanted to buy a huge pin set we had framed and on display for the Haunted Mansion, but not for sale. She leaves and I move positions and then I see her just run out of the store with the frame. It was insane.” —UCMcoyote via Reddit. Well, that’s one thing you can’t take out, but here are some things you can’t take IN to a Disney Park. 

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Seeing fireworks

“I saw guests nearly get hit with pieces of firework shell from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event after normal park hours. They were launching fireworks all around the park, not just behind the Castle, and a big chunk of shell landed right in front of the turkey wagon. I ran out and picked it up before anyone noticed a smoking hunk of cardboard and plastic in the street. (I still have it somewhere!)” —phantom_scarecrow via Reddit

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 Tarzan? Is that you?

“(I saw) a mother climb a tree and swing down in the middle of another family’s meet and greet with Beast. She didn’t want to wait in line.” —anonymous user via Reddit

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Time for a bathroom break

“I saw children poop in line at Fantasyland. This happened a lot. Far too often. I couldn’t believe it. A respectful tip of the hat here to the custodial crew.” —hpotter29 via Reddit

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More than a cartoon snake

“I worked a ride in Animal Kingdom a long time ago. Saw an eight- to ten-foot-long snake emerge from an area with lots of plants and bushes. It slowly works its way through a line of about 200 people. Weaving its way through people’s legs, strollers, bags, etc…then it just casually slips back into another wooded area. No one noticed!” —anonymous via Reddit

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Greed doesn’t pay

“I was out in Fantasyland/Hub as the Queen of Hearts and there was an Alice and both Tweedles out there with me as well. We were having lots of fun as a unit, with me making people bow/curtsy to me and kiss my hand and the Tweedles causing general mischief while Alice talked to kids. We were over near the Dumbo ride, and there’s a small fountain over near the line for the ride that was drained for whatever reason on this day. All of the coins that people throw into were still in the fountain. I guess one of the Tweedles decided they wanted to steal some change, but they’re only about 5’5″, and the costume is basically built around a hula hoop to give them the round shape, so when he bent over into the fountain, he fell in and was stuck. I just remember turning around and seeing his feet sticking into the air kicking back and forth out of the fountain. It was amazing.” —IWasGoofyAMA via Reddit

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Lashing out

“I was standing out there telling everyone that we are out of Fastpasses when this kid rides up to me on a scooter. He demands passes and when I tell him we are out, he demands to ride the ride. I tell him he can wait in line (120 min wait) and he gets really upset and guns his scooter into my leg then rides away. I was so shocked and amused I did not call security on him.” —killerwhate via Reddit. Maybe it’s just a better idea to take these insider secrets from a Disney superfan to heart instead.

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Playing dead

“Back in the day, I used to work Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. One day, we put a group of kids—one of which was admittedly too small to be on the ride, but we let him on because his bigger sister said she’d hold onto him. When they finally come back, two of them are missing—the boy and his sister. So, naturally, we shut down the ride, tell everyone someone vomited all over the seats, and go looking for this kid and his sister. We literally had to climb around Space Mountain looking for these two, using the carts as something to hold onto.  When we finally see them, it’s bad. The boy is facedown on the tracks, dead as far as we could tell. And his sister is leaning on a pole connecting to the tracks, looking completely shot and dejected. Me and two other employees literally just broke down and started crying for a solid 15 seconds or so before the girl bursts out laughing and her apparently-not-dead little brother follows suit.”—Anonymous user via Reddit

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No skinny dipping in the parks

“I worked at EPCOT in the early 2000s at the Silicon Graphics demonstration area in one of the buildings underneath the golf ball. One morning as I was going to my area, I noticed a group of people gathered around one of the fountains we had. These fountains are inlaid in the ground, under a Nerf-like material, so guests could walk on them. I parted the crowd, and there stood a family of four—Mom, Dad, teenage son, and toddler daughter, buck naked, frolicking in the fountain. They were Brazilian, got too hot, and just went naked in the fountain: they thought nothing was amiss as sun-burned tourists took pictures of them. I gestured to them to put their clothes on, and that was that.”—therealdannyking via Reddit. Next, check out the craziest things zookeepers have seen on the job.
Note: Entries have been edited for grammar, clarity, and length.

Erin Kayata
Erin Kayata joined Reader’s Digest as an assistant staff writer in March 2019, coming from the Stamford Advocate where she covered education. Prior to this, she was part of a two-year Hearst fellowship program where she covered crime and education in suburban Connecticut. She graduated from Emerson College and spent part of her undergraduate career writing for the Boston Globe. When she’s not writing articles about useful facts and pop culture, you can find Erin enjoying the local theater scene and working toward her goal of reading 50 books a year.