Friday, May 3, 2013

Magical Blogorail Yellow: Star Tours Cast Member

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Star Wars.  Two words I know very little about, but am learning!  I've been alive for the release of all 6 movies, but have never seen one all the way through.  My 4 year old son, C-man, has recently found my husbands Star Wars figures from the 70's and has fallen in love with Star Wars Angry Birds.  We are also planning his 5th birthday as a Star Wars theme- which is 9 months away!  When the topic "Star Wars" came up for the yellow loop, I was willing to help, but didn't have much experience.  Then I had the best brain storm of my blogging career!  

I have a friend who was a Star Tours Cast Member!  If I could interview her about her experience, I would have an excellent post to contribute to a theme I know pretty much nothing about!  Lucky for me, Amy was very willing to help me out and did an OUTSTANDING job answering my questions and sharing her experiences.

Welcome to A Disney Mom's Thoughts, Amy!!
Amy is on the right! :)
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an Account Coordinator at blr|further, an advertising agency in Birmingham and have been there for about four months now. I’m also uniquely a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Alabama … although orange and blue run through my veins (War Eagle!).

I applied for the Disney College Program while I was a sophomore at Auburn and was accepted to begin in Fall 2009. The program gives you a few options of what you can do like Attractions, Food & Beverage, Merchandise, etc. but that’s really the only say so I had in the matter. My second day there I learned that I was assigned to the Star Tours ride which initially was a disappointment because I had never seen a single Star Wars movie (To this day, I still haven’t seen one from start to finish!). But after a few days into it, I slowly began to love it.

Who is your favorite Star Wars character and why?
Honestly, Darth Vader. The music that plays when he comes onto the scene is awesome and for some reason, it doesn’t bother me that he’s evil. He’s just pulls off the darkness really well, and I’m a fan.

What was your favorite part of working at Star Tours?
I can’t pick just one. I had least have three favorites: 

1. Photocell – which is the position where you send people to a certain sim; one of the positions where you ask “How Many?”. For some reason that was so fun to me. If I was lucky, I’d have my friends working the sims next to me, and we could chit chat in between rounds.

2. Tower- the little bitty room with all the cameras. You sit and watch the monitors and make sure everything is okay and that no one is taking video or making out in the sim or throwing up. Tower is where all the lost and found articles would go. It’s where you reboot sims when they break down. When you’re in Tower, it’s like your controlling the whole operation. It’s awesome. Such a powerful feeling.

3. Greeter – standing outside of the ride and “greeting” guests in. It was that position where I got all the same questions every single day: Where’s the closet bathroom? What time is the 3 o’clock parade? Is this going to make me throw up? What is this ride? How long’s the wait? Where are the fastpasses? Is it really a 45 minute wait?. Yup, but again … I loved having all the answers and meeting new people and being outside (although I will say I’ve never been so hot in my entire life. Parachute pants and Florida heat don’t mix real well) 

What is your favorite memory of that job?
I was working the Jedi Training Show one afternoon … in the show, the Jedi Master picks a handful of kids to come up on stage and learn how to become a Jedi. When it comes time to choose them, all the kids jump up and down and wave their arms in the air to be chosen. But I had noticed over time that the kids who simply raised their hand and didn’t act crazy were oftentimes the ones that got picked the most.

I was making conversation with a sweet family right before a show started. They had a little boy dressed in Star Wars gear and a little girl dressed like a Princess who couldn’t care less about the show. She was more into her baby doll. But I got down face to face with the little boy and told him that when it comes time to be picked, he just needs to raise his hand and don’t jump and down and he’ll get picked. Probably shouldn’t have promised him that, looking back on it. But low and behold … the Jedi Master chose him to participate and the little boy learned how to become a Jedi that day.

After the show was over, the parents approached me and hugged me, wished me luck with the rest of my college career, and told me they’d remember what I did for their little boy for the rest of their lives.

Hands Down. Favorite Memory.

Did you ever work a Star Wars Weekend? What was it like?
Never got to. I was there from August – January and Star Wars Weekend is in May. I have been to one before … it’s insane. Absolutely insane.

What tips do you have for Star Wars fans headed to Hollywood Studios or Star Wars Weekend?

Be prepared to meet thousands of your best friends who honestly might be bigger Star Wars fans that you are. There are some extremely dedicated Star Wars people out there. It’s borderline frightening.

And if you have kids who want to participate in the Jedi show, there’s always raising your hand quietly tip :)

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magik Mouse.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ DIStherapy
Final Stop ~ Magik Mouse

4 comments:

  1. What a fun interview! So glad you were able to join the loop this month! Just fyi, the Jedi Training has changed since she was there. They no longer pick kids at random. You have to sign up at the kiosk in the Sounds Dangerous/American Idol building. What an awesome memory for her, though. I tell you, when CMs make things more magical like that, it can make a kid's whole trip :)

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  2. Thanks Jodi! Good to know. We've never done Star Tours or Jedi Training as a family, so I have no idea. It's been YEARS since I rode Star Tours- it makes me sick!

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  3. You are so right Beth- pure genius!! Please thank Amy for this peek behind the curtain!

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  4. Me too, but I still have to ride it at least once! I just close my eyes during warp speed ;)

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