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Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir Paperback – January 1, 2010
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None of the errors, individually and on their own, are fatal. But there are so many, and of such variety, and turn up with such frequency, that one really must question the authenticity of anything claimed by the author.
The author tells of a year-long stint in an operating participant (non-WDW Cast Member) entry-level job at Walt Disney World. He lived among and played with front line WDW Cast Members. It appears that these are the facts. He professes an "insider's knowledge" of the WDW Character Department. This is subjective, and subject to his extremely limited tenure with the company, limited theme park exposure, and limited acquaintance with a few individuals that comprise this WDW-wide department. Yet he seem to imply that he speaks for "The Character Department" - as well as that of the photography group - in their immense entireties. I will heartily agree that the Character Department is indeed full of "characters" and almost anyone who has ever worked at WDW probably has a memoir lurking just under their conscious thoughts, but I would hasten to add that this memoir is entirely suspect. Here are a few of the reasons why:
The author professes a life-long love of Disney and as the story develops, he admits to becoming "Disneyfied.Read more ›
The author spends the first half of the book bemoaning Disney and what it stands for, acting like he was too cool and above it all. Then the second half disallusioned that Disney didn't give him the escape he'd been looking for. I don't even want to get started on how much of this was just over the top exageration.
The "characters" in this book are too unbelievable to be real. They're just too outlandish and are not actual human beings. Yes, there is drama and scandal a plenty in DisneyWorld. I would never suggest that Disney World is the perfect work environment but nothing like the author "claims". I was so disappointed in this book, I struggled to finish it.
I looked forward to a book that would spill some of the secrets, backstage stories and experiences that happens unbeknowst to the guests just 20 feet away. What I got was a book that was so crazy, exagerated and outlandish, that it should be under fiction.
Because this is a novel. It may be very, very loosely based on a true story, but I find it difficult to believe that Mr. Mitchell has been to Disney more than once and basically impossible to believe that he lived in Orlando for a year. He certainly doesn't know how to read a map. I won't get into descriptions of the many times he makes incorrect mentions of things in and about Walt Disney World other than to say that he doesn't even know the proper name of the Haunted Mansion; and as other reviewers on Amazon pointed out, he mentions driving east from Orlando--through the Everglades. If you don't know what's wrong with that statement, don't bother reading the rest of my review.
The truth is, I was a Cast Member at Walt Disney World for about five years. I worked in two different lines of service, three of the four theme parks, did 2 College Programs, was a seasonal cast member, and eventually became a manager...and he talks about things that I have never even heard of.Read more ›
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This sex-obsessed book is a waste of time if you're really interested in a behind-the-scenes look at working at Disney World. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mediaman
Sports photographer Chris Mitchell takes a contracted position working as a guest photographer at Disneyworld, in Orlando, Florida. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
Wish I had read the reviews before I spent the money. Really wish I could delete the imagery in my mind along with the book from my library.Published 3 months ago by Carol
Cast Member Confidential reads like a fictional novel that's been meticulously laced with factual accounts like the Divinci Code. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Zippy the Cat
Here is my problem with this book. The author worked for Disney World for one year. One. Year. And as a participant. No one. NO. ONE. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jason Pawlak