Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir
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 p...more
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
The thing that bothered me most about the book, is the use of sho ...more
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
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
Before ent ...more
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
Unfortunately, he is disgusting, h ...more
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
I hated the writing style right off the bat and while I'm sure most of the things that happened in this book are true I don't care for the details of it all.
Mitchell focuses on the weather while opening almost every chapter.
Describing the sky and scenery for pages on in and then when there is (finally) dialogue he focuses entirely too much on the sound of the voice, what the people ...more
I already knew about some of the "Cast Member" rules from when my high school band performed at Disney World (no earrings on men, girls can wear earrings smaller than a dime, no sunglasses). And as for Cast Members smoking, swearing, having sex on property - well, it was more of an interesting juxtapositio ...more
Instead, you just witness some badly written, self pity memoir and not much about the announced Disneyworld dark secret. If I'm honest, it felt to me like you could replace 'disney' by any other big corporation where the ...more
"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 s
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
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
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