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Cast Member Confidential

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This is the story that Disney would never tell you. What do you do when everything in your life falls apart? If you're Chris Mitchell, you run away from home--all the way to Disney World, a place where no one ever dies--and employees, known as Cast Members, aren't allowed to frown. Mitchell shares the behind-the-scenes story of his year in the Mouse's army. From his own pe...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Citadel Press (first published December 18th 2009)
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Katherine Coble
If you're looking for a quasi-anthropological look behindnthe scenes at walt Disney world, this is the book for you...to throw away. This isnt a book about Disney World. It's actually a book about an indulged Mama's boy who holds the entire world in contempt. The book opens with him letting us know that he is much much cooler than Disney, a skate park hangaround who tags alleys with spraypaint and photograps skaters doing tricks off tombstones. When life slaps him down he leaves California to wo...more
Michael
During my college years, I spent several summers working at at the Busch Gardens theme park in Virginia. That experience plus trips to Walt Disney World over the years has always made me curious to know what goes on behind the scenes at the Disney theme parks.

So when I saw "Cast Member Confidential" on the shelf, I knew I couldn't pass it by. Could it be the ultimate kiss and tell book at what it's like to work for the most magical place on Earth?

Yes and no.

Early on, Chris Mitchell details what...more
Katie
Welllllll, having been a cast member myself, I had high hopes for this. The book was recommended to me by a fellow cast member who read it in 2 days, so I assumed it was going to be up to my standards. After completing it in just under a day, I would have to agree. Working in the entertainment part of Disney, I had some extra insight and knowledge, so everything he had to "reveal" wasn't a suprise to me. It was fun to relive my 5 month internship with the boss on the happiest place on earth thou...more
Ashley
Any Cast Member will laugh their way through this one. It's mostly embellishment with a few shards of truth...emphasis on a few. And referring to the classic & beloved attraction the Haunted Mansion as the "Haunted House?" Referencing Jack Sparrow when the author says he worked at WDW in 2000, yet the first Pirates film wasn't until 2003? Not to mention the geography was all over the place! While the author may have worked at WDW, it seems like he took alot of stories from many different Cas...more
Karen Hansen
I work for a theme park and usually read anything theme park related. Chris Mitchell’s “Cast Member Confidential” caught my eye when I saw it at Barnes and Noble. As much as I disliked it and had many issues with it, I did breeze through it in a single afternoon and I find myself unable to stop complaining about it to anyone who will listen. I guess this means it affected me, which I am sure if a bit of what Mitchell was going for.

The thing that bothered me most about the book, is the use of sho...more
Rory
I grew up in and around Walt Disney World, living so close in nearby Casselberry that my parents and I, and later my sister, went every single weekend and sometimes during the week just for dinner. I don't mind the Walt Disney World that Chris Mitchell presents here. It is what it is. So there are those who ask him to take pictures of their characters posed in unusual ways. So his semi-charming roomate decides to chase a dream of producing and managing a gay boy band. There is, and always will b...more
Lawral
"Despair didn't exist here. Neither did gloom or desperation or sad endings. Inside the impenetrable fortress of Disney World, fairies, genies, and mermaids were real; parking tickets, dead batteries, and blurry photographs were make believe" (p18).
And for someone who is trying his damnedest to run away from his problems, Disney World's manufactured perfection is a Godsend. Chris lives through hilarious incident after hilarious incident, peppered with unbelievable situations for variety, during...more
Torie Duda
I know the magic that dear ol' Walt wanted to create for all of his guests - and I think he truly succeeded for those who are happy enough to take Disney-ana at face value...this book is NOT for those people.

If you want to hear about the skeletons hiding in Mickey's closet...drugs...sex...character assassination of a different sort...then this book was written just for you.

I've only been to the CA and FL Disney areas once apiece, both when the
*Magic* still flowed freely in my mind (Peter Pan WA...more
Mell
This book is complete trash. I can read some trash, but this guy's "too cool for school" attitude wore on me about a quarter of the way through. If I'm supposed to be scandalized by the fact that a bunch of 20 somethings living and working together occasionally have sex and do illegal drugs, just b/c they work for Disney...sorry, I'm not.
Dani Peloquin
After reading Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom last month, I decided to dip into the underbelly of the actual Disney World. It is for this reason that I got Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir from the library. In this memoir, Chris Mitchell describes the year that he spent in Disney World and all of the insanity that he encountered in those 365 days. Though his observations are enlightening, humorous, and certainly go against our image of Disney, it is nothing entirely new.

Before ent...more
Brian
Read this book as a lark in preparation for our trip to Disney World this year. I would be dishonest, however, if I said the premise of the book and its marketing did not appeal to my puerile instincts. Why wouldn't you want to have a peek behind the curtain of Disney's stage? The book started off promising enough, but it soon became apparent that Mitchell a) is not that talented a writer (viz. certain pieces of dialogue that are so stilted as to defy even the most generous attribution of licens...more
Jen
Feb 18, 2010 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Both fans and cynics of "the Disney experience"
When my friend (you know who you are, Nikki!) announced that she was going to Disney World with her husband and parents for a mid-winter getaway, I was jealous. It has been years since I've been in mouseland, and it sounded like a fun trip. So, when I stumbled on this book by accident, I just HAD to read it.

The author, Chris Mitchell, is disenfranchised by the state of his life after his girlfriend dumps him for his best friend, he loses his job and he finds out that his mother is battling an a...more
Elizabeth Wylder
Two things really irritate me about this book: (1) As a former Disney cast member myself (a CP, then a CT), I know that we all have a memoir in us that would surprise people with regard to WDW in some capacity. That's why I don't understand how this book could be so effing boring. The "salacious" stories he tells are all the same stories that everybody (tourists, Disney-haters, and cast members alike) has heard. And (2) The number of factual errors in this book is incredible--from simple geograp...more
Redfox5
Took with me to read on the flight to Florida. This is not my fave backstage read as you can tell from the rating. Even tho these behind the scenes books tell you what really goes on, the people who write them usually belive in the Disney magic. Chris does not. Well not at first anyways. He just has a cynical view towards Disney that I just don't like. I just don't think I liked him very much.I hated the way he avoided dealing with his mums cancer. What he's saying is proberly true, i.e the thi...more
Cam
I thought this would be a fun/quick read, but after starting the book, it definitely wasn't what I expected. When you sign on to be a character at Disneyland/Disneyworld, you have to sign a confidentiality agreement, and therefore are unable to share what goes on behind the scenes. The guy who wrote this book came to work as a photographer through a third party service, and signed no such agreement. So, I thought it would be fun to get a behind the scenes look.
Unfortunately, he is disgusting, h...more
Tavie
After page one I began hate-reading the book. I'm only plowing through it now because a) I'm a sucker for Disney stories, accurate or not and 2) I want to be informed enough to give it an extremely honest review on Amazon.

So far, in the first three or four chapters, I've encountered repeated instances of fatphobia, homophobia, misogyny, and worst of all, COMPLETE ineptitude/lack of knowledge of basic Orlando geography and Disney lore. I'm rather doubting whether this Ayn-Rand-loving, overaged sk...more
Second Run Reviews
Don't expect the book to be a big reveal of all the goes on backstage (good or bad) at WDW. This book is the story of one pit stop in one man's journey to find his place in the world. The pit stop just happens to be at WDW and learning that life backstage and the real world isn't all it is cracked up to be and sometimes you just have to make the best with what you are given.
Kristina
This book was just okay. The author/narrator was really unlikeable and seemed really arrogant at some points. I liked reading about the behind the scenes stuff but a lot of it seemed like it was really forced. Idk, not what I expected it to be, and the addition of his family problems interspersed with the Disney stuff was a little weird.
Jeremy Daniels
I knew this book would be hilarious (and shocking), but I was really surprised by how touching it was. If you don't read this book for the sexy Disney eye-openers, you should read it for the sweet teary bits.
Rebecca Hamilton
This is one of those books that makes me wonder again - can just anyone get published??? And where are all the editors? And why am I being so BITCHY?
Oddmonster
Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir by Chris Mitchell:

"The other day, this man in my line just keeled over. My greeter thought it was dehydration, but I could tell it was a heart attack ... So I had this one side of me that knew what was going on because of all the EMT classes and whatever. Then there was the other side of me -- the princess side."

I shook my head. "Which side is that?"

She clucked her tongue as if I had forgotten the very essence of Disney. "You're a Cast Member. You sh
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Dachokie
Entertaining, but Somewhat Far-fetched Tale …

I cautiously approached this book expecting a damaging tell-all that would form cracks in the righteous pillars of the Disney foundation, but it never happened. With CAST MEMBER CONFIDENTIAL, Chris Mitchell reveals a personal Disney odyssey that hints of a dark/alternative “underworld” that belies the overly-wholesome image Disney has projected for decades. While the book is readable and entertaining, the veracity of its content is surely up for debat...more
Krista
I'm torn between a one and a two on this book.

The book is titled "Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir." While the title's focus is Disney (and the cover artwork would agree), in reality this is the story of a man fleeing from his issues and hiding in the predictably tawdry activities of Disney employees.

The good: You do get some interesting details about life at Disney.

The bad: The book's tone reads like an attempt at noir, and a poor one. The use of Disney imagery and phrasing (lines...more
Kb
This is the first memoir I think I've ever read; I exclude Anne Frank because she didn't know she would be published. I don't have much as a point of comparison, so I'm a little in the dark as to what Mitchell wanted to accomplish with this effort. It seems to be marketed as and I picked it up for a salacious exposee of the behind-the-scenes goings on at the Disney complex. Sure enough, I got a fair amount of that, but half of the book consisted of the author's reflections on his terminally ill...more
Victoria
I hardly ever give books a one star rating but I couldn't give no stars. This book was so depressing and just sucked the joy out reading it.

Chris says that the way he got away with writing this book and not being sued by Disney is that he was hired by an outside firm and wasn't technical a Disney employee. He also mentions being handed a stack of papers which he never even looked at (wonder if the disclosure contract was in there)

He goes on to complain about the "hierarchy" of cast members - The...more
Tracy Lackey
Oh, boy…like many other reviewers here and on Amazon, I expected a lot more from this book than what I actually got, despite reading a lot of reviews beforehand. I wonder now if he even worked at WDW at all? His tales not only seem unbelievable but truly outlandish. Oh, I don't think it's any surprise to anyone that Cast Members are predominantly gay, have a hefty dose of drugs and alcohol on board during onstage sets, sleep around, party hard, and generally throw caution to the wind. But there...more
Christian

I was drawn to "Case Member Confidential" when I spotted a passenger on our flight to Orlando reading Mitchell's memoir. The guy on our flight has two children that work as "Cast Members" at Walt Disney World and I figured it would be a tell-all book about what goes on behind closed doors at WDW. Sadly, you don't really learn anything new from Mitchell's book.

With the number of employees at WDW combined (can't remember the number, but it's safe to say tens of thousands), there's going to be som...more
Ang
Too much memoir, not enough Disney. In retrospect, I wonder if there isn't too much Disney detail because so much of it is covered by a non-disclosure clause that employees sign when the sign on. I don't love memoirs (obvs. I was in this for the Disney), and during the non-Disney, Cuba chapter, I pretty much stopped reading. It's interesting to hear an opinion about working at Disney that isn't all happy faces, though there's some of that in here. Mitchell really focuses more on the forbidden th...more
Chris
Who would have guessed all the sleazy things that go on behind the scenes at Disneyworld? It was interesting in the way a supermarket tabloid is interesting, and the effect lasted for just about as long. It was a fun read,but I couldn't help feeling that the author was a bit of a creep.
Ashleigh
This book sucks, not only is this book poorly written and wrongly marketed, the author/narrator is completely un-relatable and unlikeable. Never once did I feel sympathy for this man, and never once was I shocked by the "facts" about Disney World cast members and their gender and drug preferences. I was hoping to hear some totally scandalous stories that would ruin the magic of Disney, but instead I was met with a wimpy story about a wimpy guy who thinks he's too cool for school.

LAME LAME LAME....more
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