A former employee of Walt Disney World in Florida revealed the inside secrets in a frank online Q&A.
Reddit user too-tsunami served up anecdotes from her time at Walt Disney World, where, she claimed she had worked as Pocahontas, Mulan and Silvermist, a fairy friend of Tinkerbell.
And if you’re wondering which princess is the biggest hits with men visiting the park, it’s Pocahontas. Too-tsunami said: “I was hit on as Pocahontas more than Mulan or Silvermist, & it definitely has to do with the amount of clothing she’s wearing.”
“I’ve never been touched in appropriately, but there’s always the family that makes grandpa or the dad get a picture alone & they’d whisper how pretty I was or ask when I got off of work. I’d get slipped the occasional phone number on a napkin, but nothing ridiculous has ever happened.”
The park is very careful to make sure that visitors never spot two Cinderellas or Belles together: “Back when Toontown was still in the Magic Kingdom, there were three Princess rooms. One Cinderella, Aurora, & Belle in each one. If all three rooms were operating, that means when the girls went on break, other girls would replace them. So there were a total of six Cinderellas around the area at a time. None of the guests know this because there are attendants to take them into each room, one group at a time.
“It’s a very cool operation… Cinderella is in the Parade, doing breakfast, lunch, & dinner rotation at Cinderella’s castle, & she is in the princess room. At Epcot she is at the Norway breakfast. She’s also in the night time parade. She’s also in the main stage show at Magic Kingdom. That’s at least ten girls who are Cinderella in one day. It’s awesome to think about the fact that you never see two together.”
Too-tsunami also revealed that employees are assigned characters to play: “When it comes down to being a face character, they pick who they pick, & if you look like a character to them, you’ll get it. My only real advice is to not stress about it, & keep trying.”
And when too-tsunami was asked whether the workers got on behind the scenes, she said: “When I worked there, I would go to the cafeteria & people would stare at me & not talk to me. Those people then would tell their friends I didn’t say hi to them & that I wasn’t friendly, but those people didn’t make an effort to talk to me either. Yes, some people are not very nice. That is every workplace on this earth.”
However, if you can handle the dressing up and parents encouraging their children to hit you, then, as too-tsunami says: “It’s a cool job.”