Anonymous asked: do you work at disneyland if so i'm looking for sum fur characters photo's can you take sum new photo
Nobody who writes for this blog is in any way connected to the Walt Disney Company. We are not cast members, nor do we work for any subsidiaries or contractors of Disney.
Mostly we combine personal experience, Google, and occasional off-the-record conversations with cast members to get our information. I’m afraid you’ll have to do your own search for character photos! Lucky for you, the internet is full of them.
Any DLP skipper who knows anything is really unhappy with this post, thats Chief Namé, not Trader Sam.
Depends on who you ask, but yes, you are correct. But according to “Passport to Dreams Old and New,” it was changed, at least at one point.
This came to a head several years back when new scripts were distributed to be followed at all costs - no exceptions allowed. This was after my time, but I’ve spoken to several friends about it. Both Jungle rides have always ended with a bare-chested ‘native’ peddling shrunken heads, although they could not be more different visually. Accordingly, over the years the Florida skippers began calling the figure “Chief Namee” instead of the scripted “Salesman Sam”. Now they, and all new skippers call him “Trader Sam” - the same name used at Disneyland since the scene’s inception. And another tiny scrap of Walt Disney World tradition is thrown away.
My apologies if using the only name I’ve ever heard a skipper at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom utter at this part of the attraction offended.
That being said, we did get an answer to this rumor! As promised, the submitter’s identity will remain anonymous.
I was once a skipper at the Jungle Cruise in MK back in 2010/11. One of the well seasoned trainers who had been at the MK for a very long time would tell me all sorts of stories of the games that the skips used to play.
One of the pranks she told me about was that there was a day a skip brought in a comically large black dildo and hid it under Sam’s skirt. From the boat guests couldn’t tell that that particular item was there but the effect was that every Skip that passed by Trader Sam that day would have to keep a straight face in front of the guest despite knowing what Trader Sam was packing. I’m not sure how long that item remained under Sam.
Anonymous asked: That picture is from an audition for characters. People who want to be hired have to try on the costumes first so those are to see who can fit what character in what height range.
Thank you for the information! For some reason an audition didn’t even cross my mind.
those photos are great! im curious, though - the monorails look like the ones from WDW. did the DL monorails ever look like that?
Indeed they did, for over 20 years. Those were the Mark V Monorails. Think of “Mark” the same way you would think of a software “version,” but with Roman numerals.
There have been five different monorail designs used at Disneyland:
- Mark I - 1959-1961 - two three-car trains (red and blue)
- Mark II - 1961-1969 - three four-car trains (red, blue, and yellow)
- Mark III - 1969-1987 - four five-car trains (red, blue, yellow, and green)
- Mark V - 1987-2008 - four five-car trains (red, blue, orange, and purple)
- Mark VII - 2008-present - three five-car trains (red, blue, and orange)
You may have noticed that Mark IV and Mark VI aren’t on the list — those models went to Walt Disney World. You mentioned that the monorail in the pictures from the last post looked like Walt Disney World’s monorails — that was by design. The Mark V was meant to look like WDW’s Mark IV monorails, and the Mark VI monorails currently in service in Florida kept the same design scheme.
At Disneyland, on the other hand, the current Mark VII design utilizes the Mark V trains (with a new seating layout) and a retro-design nose cone meant to resemble the nose cone on a Mark III (without the dome on top, of course), and the whole thing got a new design scheme.
And since you’ve read this far, here — have one more picture of the Mark V monorails from inside the roundhouse (from here):