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Weekend open thread: Who's the best theme park employee ever?

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Published: October 20, 2006 at 9:50 AM

Since I've spent the better part of the week visiting doctor's offices after last week's, um, annoyances, instead of doing any actual reporting, I'm putting up this topic for Blog Flume discussion:

(Did I mention my allergic reaction to the antibiotics for the strep? Not good times. No, not good times.)

Who is the best employee (okay, cast member, for the Disney fans), you've even had the pleasure to encounter when visiting a theme park? Who has taken that extra step you needed to make a vacation even more special?

Please be as specific as you can about the park and location, date and time of the encounter and the name of the employee, if you remember it. Describe what the employee did that made him or her stand out, and how it helped.

Have a great weekend!

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on October 20, 2006 at 2:21 PM
Great Question!


I would say Pearl, this kindly old woman that worked at the American Adventure in EPCOT. She seemed super excited and priviliged to present to us the American Adventure. I didn't see her the last time I was there however! Hope she is ok.


Other mentions:

The Candy lady in Japan (yes she is back!-HALLO)
Andy Mation the balloon sculpter on MGM

From Greg Shilton on October 20, 2006 at 2:56 PM
I have to say I find the most professional employee's at Disney theme parks. This one guy sticks out. We were at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and it was a buffet type place, with african treats, and lots of delicious food. Our waiter was the nicest, most attentive guy we've ever encountered, and he made our visit to this restaurant even better! I wish I could remember his name, but he worked his butt off. I remember he took a seat next to us and said, "Oh boy I am very tired, I'm just going to relax with you for a bit. How are you enjoying your stay?" He saw his boss and said, "Oops, I'm going to have to get back up." He was great.
From scott sorensen on October 20, 2006 at 3:29 PM
Given her recent video on the internet, I'd have to say Minnie Mouse at the Paris Disneyland. She obviously bends over backwards to make the other employees happy. I can now understand why it's called the Happiest Place on Earth. ;)
From Deborah Davis on October 20, 2006 at 4:26 PM
When our oldest son was 3-years-old, we took him to the Magic Kingdom for the 1st time. (He's 16 now, so it was 13 years ago.) We got there at 10 AM and he had to go on Dumbo first thing. There was a red-headed female CM working the ride. She looked like a young, thin version of Sarah Ferguson, but with a heavy southern accent.

She was so friendly, joking with the kids , getting them to sing, playing with them. She was impressive even by Disney standards. As the park was getting ready to close (around 10 PM), my son wanted to ride Dumbo one last time. When we got there, she was still there and she was just as happy and smiling, 12 hours later. Incredible.

From Mark Freedman on October 22, 2006 at 8:46 AM
Don't know about best employee ever, but I currently give my nod to two of the chain saw carrying zombies at Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horrow nights. One is a petite lady dressed up like Alice in Wonderland and the other is a non-descript crazy hiding at the exit of one of the mazes next to the Jaws attraction. Both deserve kudos for putting their all into scaring the guests.
From Gareth H on October 22, 2006 at 2:05 PM
Oooh yeah, that Alice chick is hot, considering she's covered in blood, etc..

OK, my nomination is for JERRY at MEN IN BLACK.

This guy always talks to guests, always tells the kids, and the big kids, where to shoot for maximum points.

He really does go beyond for his guests! Never remembers me though :-( (Or perhaps he's just ignoring me , Hmmmmmmm)

From scott lindsey on October 23, 2006 at 8:05 AM
i like to nomittee connie my marheting prof because she used to wark at disney as a cast member and she can teach as well as be a cast member
From Franki Brock on October 23, 2006 at 3:02 PM
the best theme park worker would have to Tim Martian. He was the manger on duty at Disney's Carribean Beach. Unfornatuly we got to meet him beacuse of a accident but we has very prompt to getting there continued to call to make sure everybody was okay and made out experiance worth while.

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