Cast members aren’t allowed to take a walk around the park when they’re on the clock. This policy may have originated from something that Walt Disney observed in Disneyland. He saw a Frontierland cowboy strolling through Tomorrowland. Seeing a character in the wrong setting ruins the story. So, to deal with this, underneath Disney World, there is a network of tunnels which connects different parts of the park. Cast members use these tunnels to travel around unseen by guests. Apparently, they are so big that some people get around the underground passages by cycling or taking small cars.
While some reports say that there’s an entire underground tangle of passageways, the reality is not so mysterious. The tunnels are actually built at ground level, to avoid the area’s high water table. The whole park is built 14 feet above ground level. These tunnels are more convenient, but they’ve also been reported to be foul smelling, hot and full of trash. But, cast members have to deal with this for the sake of the story.
Disney Takes Shoplifting Seriously
There are many stories of kids who stole a few things from a Disney World store and were later on approached by security guards in the park who asked them to come with them. You just know with how strict Disney is, that this story can't end well. According to Orlando’s Umansky Law Firm, if somebody is caught stealing something which is worth more than $3, they can get charged with a Grand Theft. The penalty for a Grand Theft is a maximum five years probation, five years prison sentence, or a $5,000 fine. If you get convicted, then the judge will also suspend your driver's license. Disney takes committing a crime very seriously. Multiple reports and rumors have come out over the years claiming that Disney has a special jail for visitors who are caught engaging in rule breaking. Although this isn’t the case, there are detention centers at the park.
According to one employee who spoke openly on Reddit, the detention centers are often used during graduation nights or other times that guests sneak booze into the park and are caught messing around. Actually, actress Blake Lively once shared with David Letterman that she’d been held in Disney Jail after being caught trying to sneak into the park, saying “My brother thought it was a really good idea for us to go to Disneyland… So he put hairspray on the stamps of someone who came out, and then you put your hands together [to transfer the stamp to your hand] and then you go through the turnstile and we went through. Then there were these guys in normal outfits that said, ‘Come with us,’ and we went into Disney jail.”
Go Easy On the Alcohol
The security guards aren't only on the lookout for thefts, but they're also watching for undercover drinking. There are many undercover security guards watching your every move. And these security guards are not in obvious uniforms. So, it's probably not worth the buzz from the whiskey you brought into the park.
If you really want to purchase alcohol during your visit, you can go to the restaurant “Be Our Guest” located in The Magic Kingdom. And in Disneyland California, you can head on over to Club 33, that is, if you have a membership.
Cinderella’s Mansion Has a Secret Suite
The secret suite in Cinderalla's castle was originally reserved for Walt and his family to stay in when they'd come to Disney World. But now, the winners of different Disney contests get to stay in the suite. Can you imagine winning?
It must be the perfect honeymoon spot for a wife who is obsessed with Disney.
A Loudspeaker Announcement is Always Important
Disney has a strict adherence to always keep the music playing. But, when there's an emergency, an exception is made. For example, when a child is lost. If you hear the music stop, you can expect that you are about to hear an important announcement.
A lot of us remember can recall where we were when 9/11 happened. Guests at Disney on that day definitely can’t forget. One former cast member shared that employees were told to close all attractions and get visitors off the premises but not to tell them why. The cast member shared, “By the way, the announcement that was made (over the public address system in the theme parks that morning did NOT mention anything about what had happened or why the parks were closing.” The announcement only sad that because of special circumstances, the Magic Kingdom is closed and that park goers should find the closest Cast Member.