Hello Followers of mine who I call Peoples; today- and possibly over the course of the next few days/weeks, I will be sharing my most memorable Cast Member Experiences I’ve had during my trips to Disneyland!
Travel back with me, the faithful Summer in the year of 2009…
At twelve years old, I was taking a pretty big step- I was going to Disneyland for the first time on my own- sort of. My older cousin who was 16 at the time, was my faithful companion for the day. The morning passed in a blur- like literally I can barely remember most of it, until that afternoon when we went to ride The Matterhorn. The line was short, and we figured it was time to jump in. We waited maybe five minutes tops, moving only when people got out of line. At time we didn’t realize that was the sign for ‘something is up, don’t waste you time’. The ride had broken down and was going to be out for the rest of the night. Being only 12 & 16, no one told us anything. What I over heard a cast member telling some father was some idiot teenager (it’s always one of them) threw (or “lost”) his backpack from the bobsled and it landed on the tracks.
So there was no bobsled ride that day. Instead we were given the (as I call them) Golden Fass Pass- AKA a Universal Fass Pass AKA a Fass Pass that you’re given when a ride breaks down and allows you to get on any ride whether it has a Fass Pass or not. It was my first, and up until this entry, last GFP.
None the less we used it for one of the best dark rides in the Park- Peter Pan’s Flight. So we go up to Mr.Cast Member working the exit portion of the ride, and whose name I can’t remember for the life of me, and show him our GFP. We explain how we got it, and after he looks at our GFP and he hands it back. I give my cousin a look, as I slowly retreat my hand. Mr.CM gives a smile and tells us that he’s suppose to take it, but he’ll let us catch this flight for free and to use the pass elsewhere. So we thank him, ride (My cousin totally ruined the magic of the ride but that’s another story), and as we get off, we thank him again.
With the same GFP we take a trip over to Dumbo, and as Mrs.CM looks at it, she ask ‘are you sure you want to use it for this ride?’ we say yes, because we’ve already gotten the ride we wanted out of it and all the other planned rides had FP.
I wanted to share this story first, because this time last week, I was at Disneyland with my younger cousin. She had gotten two free one-day PH tickets through an event Disney had for the Boys and Girl’s Club. So together we set out on her first solo Disney trip. We had some amazing interactions but those stories are for another post…