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    by Published on 03-12-2012 08:00 AM
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    Hello, and welcome to another exciting article from Magic: Off the Record! Today, I would like to take you on the start of a two article “Virtual Tour” of the soon to open Buena Vista Street!

    As you might already know, this new land is going to be HUGE. It is going to be a throwback to the Los Angeles of Walt Disney’s arrival in California, circa 1923. You’ll find several connections to Walt Disney’s heritage in many of the different shops and restaurants.
    by Published on 03-05-2012 06:30 AM
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    Hello, and welcome back to Magic, off the Record! This week I will take you through the Resort and out to the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure to meet Resort Transportation and Parking!

    What Resort Transportation and Parking does for the Guests is pretty much summed up in the name of the department, but they do quite a bit besides parking the Guests, and transporting them to the Resort.
    by Published on 02-27-2012 08:30 AM
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    Hey there, and welcome back to Magic, off the Record! To those of you who read last week’s article, you know that I started a series spotlighting different departments in the Resort. This week I will be focusing on Food and Beverage!

    Food and Beverage happens to be the largest department in the entire Resort, however it is only separated into a few divisions. For the sake of this article, I will be going division by division, even though Cast Members CAN be cross utilized between the divisions, it is quite rare, and only done based upon extreme needs.
    by Published on 02-20-2012 09:30 AM
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    Hey, Howdy, Hey Partners! Welcome to Magic Off the Record, where I, an anonymous Cast Member, take you behind the scenes at the Disneyland Resort. This week, I wanted to start a series of articles profiling different departments, and I thought I would go ahead and start with Entertainment!
    by Published on 02-13-2012 05:00 PM
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    Welcome once again to Magic off the Record! Most people know Disneyland as the Happiest Place on Earth, but what if I were to tell you that Disneyland also happens to be one of the Safest Places on Earth?

    Those with a keen watchful eye know that Disneyland Security is almost literally everywhere in the Resort. Very few of the happenings in the resort go by unnoticed. This week, we'll take a look at a few of the security measures that in place to help make the brightest spot in Anaheim one of the happiest and also safest places on earth.
    by Published on 02-06-2012 10:00 AM
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    Welcome back to Magic off the Record! As some of you may know, Disney has been making great strides to accommodating guests with disabilities. I thought I would take this time to explain some of those to you!
    by Published on 01-30-2012 09:00 PM
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    Whoa there guys! Sorry for my hiatus! A few unplanned things popped up, but I am back this week with a BRAND NEW article! This week I thought I would share with you a few fun facts about Disneyland you may not have even thought about!

    As you may know, Disneyland was the first ever theme park, and as such, none of the designers of Disneyland had any prior knowledge in building anything like it. Taking this into account, they decided to fall back on what they DID know, the movies! Disneyland is built as if it were one big movie set, and you are watching the film play in front of you as you walk through the Park.

    Let’s take a tour of Disneyland!
    by Published on 01-05-2012 08:15 AM
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    Welcome back to Magic, Off the Record! I wanted to start off the New Year with a VERY special article! I have had a couple requests for an article on the expansion the California Adventure so I thought I would elaborate a little on the knowledge I have on the project

    You may know that the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are only a few months away, and most of the of the project is nearing completion, however there are a few things that are not officially known to the public as of yet.
    by Published on 12-29-2011 10:30 AM
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    As we look to a new year I'd like to take the moment on behalf of myself and Magic: Off the Record, to wish you well. I hope that the new year “looks up” for you and yours. Along the theme of looking up, I though I'd use just that thought for this week’s article!

    As you are walking around the Resort, take a minute to look up. Really, just physically look up! What you might see is a lot of dead space on the second floors of the facades and show buildings. In previous articles I have mentioned that some of these "empty" areas are actually used as office space; for instance: the switchboard operators above the Opera House, or the Main Entrance Managers above City Hall.

    Space at Disneyland is at a premium and whatever free space that can be found is usually used for storage. When you have a long history like Disneyland, you are bound to find a few treasures in storage…
    by Published on 12-22-2011 09:00 AM
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    Hey there! Welcome back to another edition of Magic: Off the Record! Today, I would like to give a few tips on how to enjoy the Park, from a Cast Member's point of view! In this episode I will share with you a few of the not-so-secret tips and tricks of how to make the most of your visit, and how you can really make a Cast Member’s day.
    by Published on 12-08-2011 08:15 AM
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    Hey there! Welcome back to another edition of Magic: Off the Record! This week we are going to Disney after the sun goes down! We're not talking about quarter past 9pm, we're going into the parks well after 1am once the Main Street shops have finally closed.

    Today, we're taking a look at what happens once the last Guest walks through the exit gates and the park is empty. I can tell you with certainty that there is never someone NOT working at any time of the day at Disneyland.
    by Published on 12-01-2011 08:00 AM
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    Welcome back to another rousing edition of Magic Off the Record! All the talking of food in the last article made me realize that I was ready for Thanksgiving, so I took the week off to eat... A lot!

    Anyway, as promised, this week I will be taking you on a tour of a few of the tunnels and basements in the resort. The famous Walt Disney World Utilidoors these are not but there are some underground passages in Disneyland to help get across certain areas without being on-stage.
    by Published on 11-17-2011 08:15 AM
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    With Thanksgiving just around the corner and everyone looking to lots and lots of food, today's episode of Magic Off the Record focuses on eating! As promised, we conclude today our fourth and final part of Cast Member Training Procedures series talking about the Cast Cafeterias.

    Alright! You made it through all of your training! Now, it’s your first shift at the Resort, and its time for you to head to lunch. Where do you go to eat? You can’t go to any of the onstage restaurants and you don't have time to go off property. Well, Disneyland has provided a few options for you!
    by Published on 11-10-2011 06:30 AM
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    Hello and welcome to another edition of Magic Off the Record! I know last week we promised to conclude our New Hire series with a look the different Cast Member Cafeterias, however, I thought this week that I would answer a few of the emails I get from the readers!


    by Published on 11-03-2011 08:00 AM
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    Well, look at that! We are now on Part Three of your new-hire Cast Member Training in this episode of Magic Off the Record! Two weeks ago we completed Traditions Training and last week we completed our "Welcome To" training. Now that you've completed all of the orientation classes, its time to get out into the park and get your hands dirty with actual On-The-Job Training!
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