What The World Of Disney Doesn’t Want You To Know
Most likely, you've grown up knowing the name of Disney. It is one of the most widely known companies in the world. The huge amusement parks around the world are visited by millions of people each year. There, you are treated to an amazing experience that was fashioned in the mind of Disney's creator, Walt Disney. All is not what it seems, though. There are things that the World of Disney company does not want you to know about when it comes to treating their employees. Here are some of the secrets about the Magic Kingdom and it's creator, Mr. Walt Disney.
The name of Disney is known worldwide. However, Walt's ancestors came from a small village in France where they sailed with William the Conquerer to take over England. At that time, the name was known as d'Isigny (pronounced deez-NAY). As the family settled in England and later Ireland, they changed the family surname to Disney. The family originally settled in Canada, but by the time Walt was born, they were living in Illinois.
While many companies have a policy against dating or becoming involved with co-workers, it is the rule at Disney. It is very serious, too. The rule goes so far as to say that employees are discouraged from trying to “excite” members of the opposite sex and to ignore any flirtation from guests. This was all kept hush hush until 2010 when one of their employees, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, was photographed kissing Ariel, from The Little Mermaid (seen here). For this transgression, both lost their jobs.
When you go to work in an office, there is usually a corporate dress code. At Disney, it is a bit more stringent. Fingernails have to be a certain length, you can't make a fashion statement with your glasses, and absolutely, without question, you can have NO visible tattoos or piercings beyond your ears (for women). It wasn't until recently that men could even have facial hair beyond a neatly trimmed moustache. If you can't abide by these rules, then you won't even get an interview at Disney.
Disney used to have a television show called The Wonderful World of Disney. However, people who are employed at Disney don't always find the corporation all that wonderful. The employees, who are known as "cast members" refer to the parks as Mauschwitz. This is a comparison to the park as one of the worst Nazi concentration camps during World War Two. This is not a very complimentary name and it isn't isolated to only one park. Employees at Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Tokyo and Euro Disney share the same sentiment.
Disney cast workers (the employees) have certain rules to follow while they are in the park. They must be completely familiar with the park. No employee - from characters to janitors - can tell a visitor "I don't know where that is...". The must either point you in the right direction with two fingers or an upraised palm (Disney does not allow employees to one-finger point), walk you to what you are looking for, or get on an official "Disney phone" and call for directions. Employees are also not allowed to act in a flirtatious way towards guests. If one of them even winks at a person while talking to them, they can be warned. This goes for visitors, too. Don't even think about groping Cinderella or you will find yourself being escorted out of the park!