Nobody creates magic quite like Disney.
They are so dedicated to creating an illusion that you will never see a cast member at one of the theme parks partially dressed, or acting our of character.
According to a Quora blog on secrets about Disney theme parks, the character cast members have special signals that allow them to stay in character while communicating with each other.
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Each character is always accompanied by a handler while out and about in the park, and if they are feeling unwell or have to go backstage for another reason, they can touch their ear or their nose to let their workmate know.
That’s not the only secret signal – cast members also have their own secret language.
Here’s the lowdown of the staff’s “Disney code” and what it all means…
“I’m friends with Mickey”
Cast members don’t reveal the character that they are playing at any time.
They may act in a number of roles in their career but when asked all they are likely to just reveal: “I’m friends with Mickey” instead of “I play Mickey”.
With so many children at the parks each day, some get lost from time to time.
But Disney team never use the term “lost child” to avoid causing panic, so they will always say that they have a “lost adult”.
“Code 101” and “Code 102”
In order to avoid disappointment at the closing of a ride and a stampede at a ride’s reopening, the cast reportedly use the simple code “101” and “102”.
“Code 101” means the ride is now “temporarily unavailable” while “Code 102” means that it is back in business… form an orderly queue.
A former cast member who used to work at Disneyland Paris previously revealed to Sun Online Travel the rules of his character – Peter Pan.
Sam Harding, 37, who worked at Disneyland Paris from 2002 to 2004, said: “You must learn the character’s specific wave for parades and signature for autographs.
“You’re also not allowed to go on rides dressed in costume, but my friends and I did it anyway.
“It’s so magical for guests to go on their favourite rides with real Disney characters!
“Once, me and my friends who played Aladdin, Abu and Hook, ran into the Aladdin section of the park like Hook was chasing us and we jumped on top of buildings just like Aladdin does in the film. The guests loved it and went wild, but we did get into a bit of trouble.”
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