I came and went a few times, as a casual seasonal and part time cast member. One time, I was covered in all sorts of food on my last day. I was called into the supervisor's office to explain what had happened (while trying to hear what they were saying through the food that was still stuck in my ears). I didn't want to get anyone in trouble, but wanted to be able to be re-hired. I don't remember specifically naming anyone. When I came back a year later, I found out that one person had been fired and the lead had been demoted. I guess they took it all (and any "pranks") pretty seriously and wanted to make a point.
When I finally left for good, I think it was the same - leaving on a part-time basis, and thinking I would be back.
This same thought carries over to amusement parks. If I see trash on the ground, I pick it up.
Short answer: Never.
As a Disneyland CM from Adventure/Frontier Attractions (Jungle Cruise, etc.) back in the 1980s, I lived and loved the Cast Member experience. So much so that I went back after a 21 year hiatus and jumped onto the Jungle Cruise as a skipper again---while still working as a full-time self-employed attorney. Sadly, my litigation schedule become too hot to handle as summer approached, so I had to take leave from Disneyland employment again.
But in my heart of hearts, I never leave, and I always, always long to go back!
I still find myself doing the '2' finger point...
I still find myself calling people I dont know 'guests'..
Whenever I hear a radio page, I always reach for my motorolla and put my fingers on my ear piece that dont exist...
And last but not least, whenever I am visiting a park, I never use my cell phone thinking that I am still in costume...
Sometimes before I go to the parks, I always shave the "Disney" way. Why, I dont know. The brainwashing at Disney I guess, LOL.
The article was a great read. Thank you.
As the designated family photographer, I often lament not being in many photo's and the opportunity to make a memorable moment, for the photographer, as well as the entire family/friends, is priceless.
But as you said, picking up trash, giving directions or advice and smiling or helping whenever you can, is second nature. In DRC Training class, our leaders Pat and Wade described it as the "Disney Gene" and your either born with it or not.
BTW, I drove the Cruisers' and the Launchs' in Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon and worked for nearly a year at the DRC, Disney Reservation Center.