Welcome back to Time Warp Tuesday! This week we’re traveling back to July of last year for a Magical Blogorail moment. That MB Yellow loop talked about special encounters with Walt Disney World Cast Members, and I reminisced of one special memory. Come, take a sentimental journey with me to Thank a Cast Member!
You may recall that Cinderella’s Royal Table (CRT) is one of my favorite dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resort. It’s not so much that the food is so great. It’s good, of course, but I wouldn’t necessarily classify it exceptional. What makes the place so special is the palace…and some very special memories of some wonderful Cast Members.
We booked breakfast reservations at CRT for our September 2008 trip to the World. I love doing breakfast at the Castle in the early morning, when everything is so quiet and peaceful. This particular morning was, I think, our third day in. We weren’t worn out yet, but I guess the busyness was beginning to wear on our youngest child.
We waited in line for our turn at hugs and poses with the Princess herself. My husband and I greeted Her Royal Highness with our young princes, the older of whom no longer dons the cape and crown , our little princess, and Grandma and Grandpa, then headed upstairs for the most important meal of the day.
At the very moment our youngest climbed into the booth, he had a protein spill! (If you frequent the Parks, you’ll know what this refers to!) The Cast Members escorting us handled the situation with grace and ease, so that no Guests around us had any clue what had happened. Cleanup was spontaneous and no one was disturbed.
The family sat while I scooped my son up and scurried to the ladies room with Grandma to scrub him clean. As we rinsed the yuck out of his clothes, Grandma and I decided the three of us would skip breakfast and return to the resort to change and come back. Right then, in walked the restaurant manager, aka Cast Member Extraordinaire, with brand new clothes for my son. She had sent someone down the Emporium to get a Walt Disney World 2008 t-shirt and pair of shorts, and presented them to us free of charge!
We thanked the manager heartily and returned to our meal and enjoyed the rest of the day. Our son was perfectly fine after that, and now we laugh about the best way to get free stuff at Walt Disney World!
Thank a Cast Member!
When you return from your next visit to Walt Disney World, send a thank-you note to a Cast Member who made your trip extra magical. Be creative! Spritz it with imagination and a pinch of pixie dust. Add some stickers, glitter, cutouts, etc. Don’t forget a family photo. I’m sure your event was super special, but Cast Members see thousands of faces each day, and a picture is a nice reminder of the lives they blessed. Be sure to write the Cast Member’s name and location within the Park on the mailing label. In the card itself, be as specific as possible (i.e., Cast Member Sherri, Chip & Dale handler, Tomorrowland, 3PM shift, 5/11/11). Park addresses can be found at this website.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Good Citizenship, Language Arts, Business Etiquette
SKILL LEVEL: All
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