Disney Crowds Are Actually A Good Thing.

I went to Disneyland this week, and the park was way less crowded than usual. Which felt wonderful. It must have been a fluke. Walking down Main Street without bumping into anyone is amazing.

I went back a couple days later the crowd was so thick you couldn’t get through some spots on Main Street. Crowded days are like that. No one is at fault it’s a theme park. A tourist destination. Disneyland should be busy. People forget it’s not their second home or favorite place to hang out. Disneyland is a business, and if it’s not busy, that’s bad.

Disneyland is a business lets put that into perspective. Disney is the largest employer in Orange County. If it wasn’t for Disneyland Anaheim and most of Orange County wouldn’t be what it is.

Cast Members and those who work at the resort when attendance dips suffer. Is work more peaceful? No. They are working a second lousy part-time job or not working because they’re not getting as many shifts. It’s supply and demand, and when demand wanes, they cant to supply the workers with shifts.

Long ago working at Disneyland meant you joined this great union and had a great contract. The new Cast Members are part of a different union and on a separate contract. They don’t make as much money, and Disneyland assigns shifts based on seniority. 

I cannot name names. A Cast Member I know will wait for at least three cast members to leave to get seniority. These cast members have worked at Disney for a long time. One for 40 years, another for 15, and several over 10. To get full-time work these people have to go. If you transfer from one attraction or restaurant, you give up your seniority.

One of the most popular table service restaurants in Downtown Disney closes early when it’s too slow. Now most shops and restaurants can’t close early it’s against the corporate policy and if they could, they would. Operation costs can mean no profit for the day. Shops and restaurants pay employees when there are no customers. Businesses have to recoup their loss. The worst part is when a place closes early the employees lose a few hours wages.

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Get mad when there are no fireworks? No parades? Sad when there’s no Mickey’s Magical Map? Well, they can’t afford to put on shows, have fireworks, or parades when it's slow for a reason. Attendance equals revenue. Shows, parades, and fireworks are expensive.

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Fantasmic alone costs $30k. A whopping $60k a night. When I worked for big retail chains, we spent $60-100k for a month of payroll. Sixty grand for two Fantasmic performances are you kidding me? 
 

I cannot find a cost for Fireworks an 11-year-old post said 13 years ago it was $33k per show. 

If you love Disneyland and you have a great time when you’re here it’s because of the people who work at Disney. Without Cast Members Disneyland would be an empty place. 

If Disneyland were not busy, we would not be getting the expansion. Yes, those crowds paid for Star Wars Galaxy Edge. Crowds made that possible. 
 
There are families in Orange County who depend on Disneyland. It’s their job when business sucks they don’t get the hours. When they don’t get hours, their kids don’t get extra things like food or electricity.

That’s why I recommend tipping when you patronize Disney Resort Dining. Even if it’s a non-Disney restaurant on the property, tip. The staff doesn’t work for Disney they have no union. When it’s slow, it hurts them too. 

A lot people don’t know this. Hence why I am relaying this information. When you see a crowd at Disney remember crowds are good for everyone.

Your attitude impacts your experience. I bet the children who go to Disneyland do not mind the crowds because crowds don’t matter to kids. Being at Disneyland does. Be more like a child. Happy and grateful you are at Disney.

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Getting a Tattoo

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Tattoos are not as taboo as they used to be. Take Ink Master for example which has been running for ten seasons. They are self-expression. Tattoos do not have to have meaning. You can get a tattoo of a heart because you love hearts. Today many people have geek, Disney, and horror tattoos. You can get whatever you want.

Do not rush when getting a tattoo. If you were sick and needed surgery, you would not pick a cardiologist to do brain surgery. You would not hire the cheapest doctor either. Think about tattoos the same way. Find a tattoo artist who specializes in the tattoo you want and price should be no object. If you can't afford the tattoo don't get the tattoo until you can.


Most tattoo artists can tattoo everything that is a part of the trade. If you get a specific tattoo hire someone that does those normally and is a specialist in that niche. Disney tattoos are one of these tattoos, and I have seen terrible Disney tattoos. 


You should research your tattoo. That means going online and look at pictures of tattoos and saving them. I recommend using Pinterest to do this, and you can make that board private.

You may need to show reference art, so your artist will know what you want. It also helps you to get a good idea of what you like and what you don't. If the same artist or artists keep coming up in your search, then you should them. I always suggest you start with an email. Telling them what you want where you the location on your body where the tattoo goes and when you are available. 

Check the website of your artist if they are not local. Not all tattoo artists do conventions but many do, and you may be lucky enough to find they will be at a convention or shop near you. Many tattoo artists travel so it never hurts to ask.

This post is helpful. The post discusses emailing a tattoo artist. Remember  I said earlier you don’t want to go to anybody if you’re getting a tattoo. 

Also, realize your consultation will not take long. You will discuss the tattoo design, the process; the artist may even give you some instructions before arriving in like eating a large meal. 

Make sure you tell your artist about any medications you're talking or any conditions you may have. Check their portfolio if you dislike their work 100% or feel your personalities are not meshing now is the time to cancel. You should only get tattooed by someone you're comfortable with and think is talented. You can read a post full of great consultation tips here

When you go to your tattoo appointment, make sure beforehand to abstain from drinking or taking aspirin or ibuprofen. These thin your blood. Make sure you’re hydrated and after eating a good sized meal. Make sure you bathe beforehand, and your clothes are fresh. Take a bottle of water too. Check that you enough cash for the tattoo and the tip. Read these detailed tips for preparing to get a tattoo. 

 

My experience of getting a Disney tattoo was great. The first thing I did was a search for a tattoo artist is in Southern California that specializes in Disney Tattoos or at least has done many great Disney tattoos. I narrowed it down to two different artists Peachy Tattoo and Miss Mae La Roux.

Both women are talented. Peachy will go on Maternity leave this week, and Miss Mae La Roux is in high demand. She books up fast. If you want a tattoo, you have to wait. 

A good tattoo artist will make sure you are comfortable and they will not make you sit in silence. They will talk to you make sure you are comfortable. 

Even a tattoo you don’t consider being substantial can take several hours. I cannot recall how long mine too but Peachy was great. She fun to talk to and easy going.

Your Tattoo artist will tell you how to care for your new tattoo. You may receive an aftercare instruction sheet. In my experience, you have to leave the wrapping on for a specific amount of time and then wash the tattoo with Dial Antibacterial Soap and apply Aquaphor.

I have over ten tattoos and getting my Tattoo by Peachy was awesome. This my first tattoo by a female artist and she is talented. Peachy is wonderful. She is a huge Disney fan and is such a sweet person. I cannot recommend her enough. 

Oliver Peck.

Oliver Peck.

I got a tattoo at Musink 2016 a tattoo convention in front of many people that's an experience I will not forget. Peachy made me comfortable even with a crowd. 

I caught the end of the Used concert and got to knock off a bucket list item which saw the Deftones perform live. I love Chino Marino's voice. The whole experience was terrific.

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That was the best tattoo experience of my life. It could have been a very uncomfortable experience because I am shy. Peachy was a professional and knew how to meet her clients needs. 

My husband has a few Nerdy tattoos too. He prefers mash up Tattoos. One of his ended being featured by Nerdist. He gets tattooed by Brad Kinney at Dana Point tattoo

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A critical aspect about aftercare is itching. During the healing process that tattoo will become very itchy. Do not scratch the tattoo pat or slap it. The itching can be worse than the tattoo itself. The itching is often worse than getting the tattoo.

Please make sure once your tattoo heals apply sunscreen when you go outside, or it will fade. You spent so much time and money so tink of it as an investment and take care of it.

If you are a Cast Member or aspire to be one Disney does not allow tattoos. If you're considering getting one make sure you can hide it. You costume must cover it. Use caution and discretion.

Be thoughtful before getting inked and do your research and make sure you can handle stupid questions. Some people are ignorant and you will hear the occasional dumb or offensive questions. Get what you love and let no one else make you feel bad. 

The finished tattoo. 

The finished tattoo. 

Spending Christmas At Disneyland

I talk about the positive and negative sides of Disney. Yes, line hacks or restaurant reviews are helpful. But it’s also beneficial to be aware what’s going on in the parks. These issues can affect your experience if you’re not aware of what is going on.

Disneyland is my second home. I go to Disneyland twice a week and know Cast Members who work in the park. I am not doing myself any favors by writing these posts. Because of the things I write Disney will never invite me to an event or share one of my photos on social media.

It's Christmas and the way people are behaving is downright disheartening. Today I went online and people were complaining about Christmas at Disney, and the comments I read angered me.

Let me explain something to you my son is a Cast Member and my husband works at a restaurant on property. Half of my family was taking care of other families so they can enjoy their holiday and make memories.

Disney is one of the few theme parks that are open every single holiday. Knotts Berry Farm which is eight miles away closes on Christmas.

My husband and son didn’t get to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas day at home with the family. Because they were working.

My husband had a very unpleasant experience on Christmas Day. A few tables did not tip him. He worked on Thanksgiving and several tables did not tip him that day either.

Eight tables in a row left another server nothing! On a holiday which makes that worse.

I don’t care if you take part in the tipping system. Tipping is the norm. At fine dining establishments you can’t get hired unless you are an experienced server.

They hire no one off the street. Most servers have more experience waiting tables than you realize. That person needs excellent references even to get hired. Disneyland restaurants have a two year wait list. So the people working in those restaurants paid their dues.

A little-known fact is that servers must give a percentage their tips to other members of the staff. This includes bussers and runners. Some places the bartender and hostess get tipped out.

If you do not tip or do not leave enough, your server LOSES money waiting for you.

So when you're at Disney on a holiday consider this. All the cast members and all the people working in Downtown Disney spend the day away from their family.

When at Disneyland be courteous to the cast members, it affects your experience.

Rude people are using the resources of those helping them. When someone does not tip. Or is impolite and causes a scene, they take away the time and attention of the person helping them. Time, care, and energy that could be used in better serving those who appreciate them.

To treat a Cast Member or Downtown Disney employee like trash is downright childish.

The number of people I heard complaining online in my Disney groups made me mad. The sense of entitlement is maddening. No one is entitled to special treatment. You cannot be mean to other human beings because you are not getting what you want. Or because Disneyland is crowded.

Every single person at Disney this week should understand the Cast Members have to be there. So saying someone ruined your Christmas or vacation at Christmas is selfish.

They are there serving you who volunteered to be at Disneyland at Christmas. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year at Disney. Taking a Vacation at Christmas is your choice and a risky one at that. So do not take it out on others when the crowds impact your vacation.

It is also wrong to blame Disney's high cost for not tipping. Understand if you can’t afford a vacation plus the food those who wait on you are not responsible for that. Either use quick-service where you do not tip or go to the grocery store and buy your food.

When you go to Disneyland and expect magic remember:

A Disney vacation means waiting in lines. Crowds are a part of being at Disney during the holidays. Tipping at table service restaurants no matter where they are. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. It is a privilege to complain about being at Disney. Many people would feel grateful to be at Disney today but cannot afford to.

People complain but neglect they also hold responsibility for their experiences. They like to blame others when they do not get the Disney Magic one thinks they should receive. 

This has to stop. People who make poor choices like coming to Disneyland on one of the busiest days of the year. It's packed you cannot expect to walk onto rides. Do not expect to eat at a popular restaurant without waiting. It is everyone else's fault but their own. They spread the misery. Meanwhile, thousands of people visit when Disneyland is crowded with the right attitude. Those people have a blast.

Be prepared to wait when Disney is crowded. If you cannot be patient, stay home. The choices you make impacts others. Many do not consider that when booking a vacation at Christmas means. Those who serve them will not be with their family at Christmas.

 

Obnoxious Disneyland and Walt Disney World Pass Holder Behavior

As an annual pass holder and Parent of a Cast Member some things I have read in AP’s discussion groups are bothering me. A hot topic is how our fellow AP’s are acting. Most pass holders are nice, but the rude behavior is out of control.

Before I became a stay at-home parent, I worked in retail management. Most of my adult life I handled rude people at work. Once someone has decided they are unhappy, it’s tough to make them happy. Sometimes even the most helpful worker is accused of rudeness.

Many people are complaining online in pass holder groups about cast members. Most stories make the AP look bad. Other pass holders will dive in and troll them.

I’ve had plenty of practice dealing with negativity. I try my hardest not to pass judgement. In all honesty, even I’ve been rude before too. We are all guilty of being rude at least once.

The thing is when we interact a Cast Member we forget we don’t know them in real life. What we perceive as a rude tone of voice could be their actual voice.

I notice people who think the Cast Member is at fault was the one being rude. When someone’s offended, they can overreact.

A small fraction of people feel a sense of entitlement at Disney because the trip or pass can be expensive.

We all pay admission though so no one’s entitled to special treatment. If you want special treatment, hire a guide for the day. 

I’ve seen children not tall enough to go for a ride and Cast Member trying to explain this to the parent. Who says but I’m a pass holder let my child on. A woman got mad at a Space Mountain Cast Member when she told her that her child was not tall enough to ride. The woman picked up her child and ignored the Cast Member and went through the queue. The child was at most three. When she approached the second checkpoint, she was told the same.

People spew the line I’m a pass holder as a validation to get what they want. If they run out of something they use the pass holder line as if that will make the item appear.

If an attraction or restaurant is closing people use the pass as a bargaining chip. Like, they won’t renew the pass or will complain if they do not get what they want.

The ride ran out of FastPasses? But I am a pass holder get me one. I have to get off? Can I go around once more? I’m a pass holder.

The phrase becomes a threat. An annual pass does not grant you exclusive rights. A Cast Member is not fearful of reprisals because of a complaint but a complaint from an annual pass holder.

This has to stop. A Disney annual pass is not a status symbol. Most people do not care what kind of pass you or if you paid in full. Why does your pass matter enough to be a part of your Instagram bio?

I do not care if I make people mad. Spend enough time at Disney you see behavior like this often. Some Disney bloggers need to stick their neck out and focus on issues no one discusses.

People expect Disney Bloggers and Vloggers always to be positive. The fact is, we are human too, and we get annoyed.

As pass holders take for granted we are privileged to go to Disney. We go whenever we want and get exclusive perks a few times a year. Having a pass does not mean you get to do whatever you want.

This behavior does not occur at Knotts Berry Farm at all. I do not hear these stories about Knott’s. This is a Disney issue.  

On a side note someone has asked me several times to address an issue. I am told people are screaming on the Haunted Mansion elevator. It’s rude. People yell to be annoying. It’s worth mentioning. Because I board these rides with a FastPass, I see many of the screamers are AP’s. Because they scan their passes before mine. In the Haunted Mansion, it’s easy to spot an AP. They line up in front of the elevator door and scream when the scream happens on the ride. I wish people would stop doing this. They scare the kids, and it’s annoying. It is not funny or cool cut it out.

I dislike being negative. So if you want to read a unique and positive perspective on the crowds read my post on the plus side of the crowds. You can read my post about that here

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