Yes, I was a full-time Disney cast member at one point. Although I did not work at the theme park, I did work on the back-end of the Disney Corporation on their website. We had a ton of perks and interesting interactions. It was sort of cool to say that you worked for the big mouse back then, but it wasn’t as nearly as cool as I think that it is today. Thanks to having two young boys, my fascination with Disney has increased. I am amazed with their marketing, operation, production, trivia facts as well as their impact upon pop culture. It all fascinates me. I am just a big fan of FUN things. In this section of my blog, I will share a few small Disney tidbits, tips and tricks that I learned along the way, as well as new ones that I learn on my several trips to the park.
Upon one of the business trips we took, we flew to Disneyland for a day for a special VIP tour as we were incorporating concepts to the website. (I think that it was similar to “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour” with cast member extras.) One of the coolest things that we got to check-out was Walt’s infamous apartment. We weren’t allowed to take photos, but the memories and visuals are with me today. We walked up near the backside of the firehouse area where we walked into a tiny studio apartment, perhaps as small as the ones in NYC. It was small, ok, tiny. There was a small living area, kitchenette (if you can call it that) and a bathroom.
The small living area had a dated and original sofa that had a pull-out bed that he used. There was no bed, just the couch. There was also a lamp there which was lit when he was inside the apartment which was a signal for others to know that he was there.
The kitchen area I recall was really small. Just the very, very basics. One of the things that Walt loved were grilled cheese sandwiches. Who knew? In fact, he had his own panini type hot sandwich press machines so that he could indulge and share with his kids.
The bathroom was small as well, but was equipped with a state-of-the-art shower. What was unique about this shower was that the stall was customized just for Walt. In an effort to be efficient, he had a total of three shower heads installed in the stall: at the top, the middle and bottom areas which jetted out vertically. He was certainly ahead of his times!
For those who want to check out the apartment, they do offer tours that sometimes take a peak inside. I would suggest calling and asking to be sure. Here is the link: “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour.