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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast read, 21 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir (Paperback)
Chris Mitchell entered the Walt Disney World work force after his personal and professional life was left in tatters by a failed romance and a lost job. He became a theme park photographer by way of the third-party subcontractor. He initially resisted adopting the "Disney vision" held dear by many of his co-workers--the seasonal and the "lifers"--but as he made friends and found new romance, he embraced the Disney lifestyle even as he flouted some of its more draconian rules and regulations.
Mitchell not only captures the eccentricities of his co-workers, but also of Disney's multitudes of visitors. While the visits with "Make-a-Wish" children are truly gripping and poignant, Disney World also attracts fanatics who so yearn to be "part of the magic" that they not only collect autographs and bric-a-brac, but also napkins, scraps of costumes, and anything that isn't nailed down. The ongoing Disney dilemma is the precarious balance between controlling human behavior and giving it free reign in an idyllic fantasy realm where, according to the official line, "No guest has ever died."
Mitchell's contribution to the behind-the-scenes-at-Disney lit tells inconvenient truths and a few heartwarmers about working in Florida's Disney World. Mitchell confirms a few rumors or urban legends, such as the allure that wearing cute little Disney-character costumes has for "furries" (people who sexualize plush creatures and related anthropomorphic beings). He discusses the alleged existence of a gay hiring cabal that quietly infiltrated Disney after the untoward news several years ago concerning corporate mistreatment of gay employees and guests, and in passing he mentions being "surprised by just how gay" the Disney milieu is. Other highlights include a brief disquisition on how "Christians and conspiracists have long been convinced that Donald Duck is a racist based on a snippet of dialog . . . in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," in which Donald calls Warner's Daffy Duck a "stubborn nitwit." And then there's Mitchell's furtive initiation into the SOP (i.e., Sex On Property) Club in a storeroom full of Tinkerbell pens and Little Mermaid T-shirts. Good clean fun.
Hilarious and revealing!
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2010 14:35:42 BDT
A. Crolla says:
Furries don't sexualise plushes and costumes, that's a different fetish :/
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