My next interview came from asking around the UGA campus for faculty, staff or students who currently work for, or have worked in the past, for Disney. I was pleasantly surprised at the number that turned up, including at least 3 in my college alone. Today, I’m featuring someone with a special Disney tie-in to the Christmas Season, one I’d love to see someday. Emily is a current Disney cast member, and while not a full-fledged Bulldawg, has spent some time in our fair city. I can’t thank her enough for answering a dozen emails and being so helpful and pleasant. I’ll say that Disney is lucky to have her! Enjoy…
Tell us about yourself
My name is Emily L. Lloyd, I’m 22 and I’m from Cartersville, GA (Ed’s Note: I went to high school in Dalton just up I-75 from Cartersville, as did many of you kind readers. It is indeed a small world).
What’s your favorite Disney park
Magic Kingdom or EPCOT
What’s your favorite Disney ride
I love the blue transport cars in Tomorrowland. (Ed’s note: The Tomorrowland Transit Authority, an attraction in operation since 1975, was originally referred to as the ‘People Mover.’ During the Tomorrowland refurb in the 1990’s, the ride was renamed. We’re not really sure why. But, earlier this year, the “Super Skyway” was renamed BACK to “People Mover.” See, Disney does listen to fans.
What’s your favorite Disney food or treat
Mickey Mouse Ear Chocolate Covered Rice Crispy Treats!!!!! (Ed’s Note: Is there anyone who doesn’t love these?)
Do you have a favorite Disney souvenir: My half-marathon medals (read more about the Half Marathon here)
What’s your favorite Disney movie
How long have you worked at Disney
Almost 3 years! I auditioned for a college program in 2007 and was offered Entertainment for Spring Advantage 2008 (Spring-Summer).
Which park or unit do you work in
Tell us a little about what you do
I was formerly in Entertainment, Shows and Parades. Now, I’m on a temporary assignment (TA) with Magic Music Days and the Candlelight Processional. I work with the guest choirs on a daily basis. We do 3 shows a night: 300 guest choir members, 75 cast choir members, a full orchestra, the Voices of Liberty, and a guest Celebrity Narrator every night. There are 2 sets of choir members, so we have 600 in rotation each day. I stood next to John O’Hurley backstage tonight.
Have you had the chance to meet other celebrities in the parks
Yes, I met Tommy Hilfiger and his guests in 2008.
Do you live in Orlando
I lived in College Program Housing at Chatham for Spring 2008 and 2010. I currently live in Winter Garden, about 9 miles from the Magic Kingdom. (Ed’s Note: How awesome would that be? Later, I’ll have an interview with someone from Orlando who went to the parks after school! Some people have all the luck)
Tell us your favorite memory of working there
Recognizing guests for a 2nd, or 3rd time by name.
Ever have a really bad day at Disney
Even on the bad days, I always come away with a fun story. Mostly bad days consist of extreme weather or rude people. (Ed’s Note: I’m seeing a trend with the bad weather equaling bad days working at Disney. I will say that they may not like it, but all the cast members I’ve interacted with, and heard about, are exceptional during bad weather. Again, Disney’s doing something right)
Tell us something funny that’s happened to you at the parks
I can’t think of anything specific, but I have been hit on by drunk people at EPCOT.
Tell us something no one knows about Disney
We have an employee cafeteria called the Mouseketeria.
Tell is what you’ve learned from Disney
I appreciate the structure and efficiency in the workplace that Disney supplies.
Are you still in contact with Disney co-workers
Yes! Even while I was back at school, my roommates and friends from my college program in 2008 would plan road trips; I still call them.
How did you share the Disney magic
Are you glad you worked there