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Other-LiveI worked at Walt Disney World as a ride operator AMA!

Jan 7th 2017 by wayhoe • 26 Questions • 746 Points

TLDR: Too many words, show me a 2 minute video, instead

A few years ago I heard about a Dutch fitness guru named Wim Hof who claimed to be able to give people what sounded like superpowers--consciously controlling their body temperature, their immune systems and oxygen consumption. I had just written a book and given a Tedx talk about another guru making similarly outlandish claims in the deserts of Arizona. That story ended in tragedy, with a man dying on his search for enlightenment. I thought Wim Hof was just another charlatan, so I got a commission from Playboy to set out to prove he was a fake.

Obviously, I was more than a little bit skeptical when I met Hof at his training center in Poland. However, within a few days, he completely changed my mind. I ended up meditating on the banks of a snowy river, melting the snow around me with my body heat. I learned to hold my breath for three minutes at a stretch and stand in the snow for hours at a time. At the end of the week I climbed a mountain in Poland wearing only a bathing suit while the temperature plummeted to 4 degrees.

The 2014 piece in Playboy turned out to be a hit and I spent the next four years studying the method more closely and examining scientific explanations for why it worked. I interviewed top athletes using cold exposure and high-intensity training to maximize their workouts, and military scientists who are trying to make the perfect soldier. I delved into the anthropological literature on human evolution that suggested that our ancestors survived frigid winters by cultivating a vestigial tissue known as brown fat, which uses ordinary white fat to heat the body. Then I learned how to cultivate brown fat myself.

I know that a lot of this sounds crazy. I thought so too. But as I learned more, I began to see results for myself. I learned to control my body temperature to such an extent that last January, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro without a shirt--at a pace that was three times faster than almost anyone ever attempts--making it to the rim of the volcano in just 28 hours.

There's a lot more to say, of course, and a ton of peer-reviewed science that I've barely touched on here.

All of this is in a book I just wrote called What Doesn’t Kill Us

Ask me anything.

Links: My website The book:What Doesn’t Kill Us

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Update 2:27 ET - Well this blew up didn't it? I've been typing furiously for two hours and can't keep up with all the questions. This is absolutely humbling and amazing at the same time. I'm going to step out for a little bit I need to drive to BoulderBookstore to sign copies of my book to get them to the people who pre-ordered. But I'll come back to check in throughout the day. If you want to keep updated I've got all the normal social media outlets--I'd be thrilled if you liked myauthor page.

Update 6:24 ET Holy cow, people. How on earth am I going to get through 1537 comments? I want to thank the Reddit community for being so engaging and asking really thought-provoking questions. I especially enjoy the skeptics, because I'm a skeptic, too. I'll keep trying to get to your comments, but if you don't get a response please do either check out the book, or check out some of my past articles on the WHM that are free online. If you are so inclined you can follow me on twitter and all the other normal social media platforms. It has been an absolute blast and an honor to have held your attention today.

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Where do they keep Walt Disney's frozen body?

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Do you think theres a lack of accountability in the YouTube scene? Like when you look at what Tmartn and Tom Syndicate did with the whole CSGO betting thing and the probably hundred of YouTubers who dont disclose sponsorship deals properly, but nothing in terms of repercussions ever seems to happen?

Do you think things need to be tighter or they need to be punished, or is this happening but most people dont hear about it?


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Do you think these are the methods that David Blaine uses?

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In Elsa's castle.


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I've expressed this to both Tmartn, Tom, and other major players who don't properly explain that what they are putting out is a paid sponsorship or something they will profit from: IF YOU AREN'T UPFRONT ABOUT YOUR SPONSORSHIPS, YOU ARE LYING TO YOUR AUDIENCE AND YOU'RE BEING A DIRTY SHADY CUNT.

As far as accountability there is more and more these days. Will there ever be a perfect system...probably not. Will people still abuse it and try to sneak sponsorships, yes. The more mainstream Youtube becomes, the more governments have become aware and stepped in. I'm not a big believer in government restrictions, but when it comes to people being shady and lying to their audiences, I think those people need to be held accountable/penalized.

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No. Funny thing, he actually gets a mention in my book in a chapter where Laird Hamilton talks about how Blaine said he could sit in a special ice-water contraption at Laird's place. Blaine said he could hang out in the tub of ice for 30 minutes. He lasted 5. Or so I was told.


Q:

First, I just wanted to thank all of you who work at Disney. Sometimes, I feel like you don't get the credit you deserve. It was a ride operator who made my family's visit to the Magic Kingdom a few years back just a bit more magical.

My parents had gotten sick, so I took my little brother to the Magic Kingdom on our last day there. It was getting late, probably an hour-ish until the fireworks display time, and we decided to ride his favorite ride (Buzz Lightyear). We went through three times (no line at that time), and each time I took him and his wheelchair back through the line. After the third time, the operator noticed we kept coming back and said, "You guys want to go again?" Since there was no line, and just a few people coming in every now and then, they just let us stay on for another, I don't know, probably eight trips through until the fireworks started. They also gave us tips each time about where the best targets were to shoot. Absolutely made my little brother's night.

So thank you. I know you said you worked at Haunted Mansion and Pirates (my mom and I love that ride), but it's people like you who keep the magic going.

Question: What's the most common cause of a ride like Pirates stopping in the middle? Our best guess was that someone was transferring out of a wheelchair, and you guys didn't want the ride to get backed up at the loading/unloading zone with a bunch of boats.

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Hey Phil! What do you consider the "biggest" backlash you got from one of your news videos?


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How does David Blaine hold his breathe for 17 minutes without using this method?

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It's honestly stories like yours that made me feel so lucky to have worked at Disney World! I'm so glad you got to experience the magic!

You're correct, usually for wheelchair, sometimes elderly people need more help getting on as well. I know a few times i have stopped the ride halfway to help a little kid on that was scared and just needed some reassurance! i wouldn't want them to miss out on a ride/experience just because they were a little scared :)


Q:

Most backlash comes from people who are one-and-doners. People who tune into one episode and just shout LEFTY SJW CUCK or NAZI RIGHT WING RACIST!

Example: There are people who are classic feminists and I love and respect them. They believe in equality of men and women and are down for conversations to get us to a point of understanding, BUT there are people in that same group who are toxic, regressive, and guilty of the things they say they are against. So when I make a video where I am very critical of a person like the one I just described, and I get called a woman hater by someone just tuning in.

If I criticize Trump, there are people who watch me that know I would and have done the same exact thing to Obama or Hillary, but for someone tuning in for the first time, sometimes they toss my opinion to the side because they think I'm a Republican hating super liberal.

Opinions aren't always the best for business, but I love the conversation too much to stop sharing mine and listening to yours. I know that I'll keep the audience and people I want, and shed those that can't deal with that.

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17 minutes is a very long time. Though there is precedent among the freediving community (which uses a different method). I think the record is something like 22 minutes underwater. But that feat relies in part on the mammalian dive response which suppresses all sorts of bodily functions when in contact with cold water.

Then again, something like 320 free divers have died in the last few years. So there's that.


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Which ride?

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What's the best fan experience you've had?


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Care to give a tl;dr: on how this all works?

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Pirates of the Caribbean and later, Haunted Mansion!


Q:

A beautiful bastard named James, gave my father a kidney. This was after hundreds of people applied to get checked to see if they were a match for a transplant. I was emotionally blown away, and am still thankful and shocked to this day that people cared enough to help.

If you don't know my story, my father and I both have PKD, which slowly kills our kidneys. One day I'll have to be on dialysis and/or get a transplant as well.

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Get cold. Suppress your shiver response. Force your body to come up with a different solution to how to heat itself. Feel the endorphin rush. Be happy.


Q:

Were you the one who threw the door open at the beginning and scared the bejeezus outta everybody?

A:

Have you ever realized that if you made a nation out of the "nation", you would lead the 118th most populous country?

With that in mind, how would you rule your country?

And of course most importantly, who is the most beautiful bastard in the nation??


Q:

You ever get chills doing something totally ordinary? Like maybe you're walking down the cold food aisle at the grocery store, get a chill, and then you're like "What the fuck?!"

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We all switched between roles, so sometimes yes!


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How? Horribly. Most Beautiful? Ryan Gosling

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Hahaha. Yes! All the time. When I'm not focusing it is a lot easier to get cold.


Q:

I always loved the use of mirrors/glass in the Haunted Mansion.

A:

Hi Phil, what was the most difficult story for you to cover on PDS?


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What has been your most difficult personal achievement to date? Physically, mentally, or both

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Yes it's awesome! The ending of the ride is very cool.


Q:

Difficult emotionally- Anything that involves children. Becoming a father made me much more empathetic to others, but it also made me more of an emotional rage monster when it comes to anyone who hurts kids. As someone who prides himself of being unbiased its hard to maintain that when it comes to a pedophile/abuser. If there was a way to sign up, I would sign up to personally curbstomp child abusers.

Difficult to report on: It was a challenge to cover the election this year. People hate each other for political beliefs all the time, but this year was next level. The episodes I did after Trump won were very challenging, because emotions on both sides were peaking. I had people in my office literally crying because Hillary lost, and heard from friends of similar experiences in their work places. There was a lot of gloating online from some Trump supporters. If you just peeked at facebook/text chains, people were blowing up their relationships left and right because of the election. But it also gave me an opportunity to be someone who tried to unite those on the left, right, and moderate. I feel like I've done a pretty good job of that.

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Going up Kilimanjaro was probably the most difficult physical thing that I've ever done. It really pushed me to my limit.


Q:

Hey if you're the big dude who gets really into the intro at haunted mansion I just want to tell you that you do a great job. Whoever that guy is made that ride so much better for me when I was there at the end of September.

A:

Hello Phil, what was you favorite Game, Movie and TV show of 2016?

I really wish you'd make a video about that every year because I do like your taste.


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My family complains when I turn down the heat because I am hot all the time. They claim it's because my blood pressure is a bit high.

What is your blood pressure at?

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I'm a small girl, but i'll take it! Glad you had a good time:)


Q:

I share too much, everyone underneath already knows my favorites. lol

Westworld, Black Mirror season 3 was amazing, Mr. Robot, Game of Thrones had one of its best seasons to date, and I can't remember if it was in 2016 but the last season of House of Cards completely redeemed that setup season imo.

Movies: Arrival, Rogue One, Don't Breathe, Green Room, and...gah this is hard. I'll add La La Land. It made me feel things.

Video Games: I've played the fewest number of video games this year because I got so busy. My go to is Rocket League bc I can play for 15 minutes or 3 hours. ooo wait. I'll get shit for this but I played the campaign for Infinite Warfare over christmas break and loved it. It was the first COD campaign I've played in 3/4 iterations and it was fantastic imo.

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You know what, I haven't checked my blood pressure for years, so it's hard for me to answer your question specifically. However, the cold definitely impacts blood pressure, first by raising it due to vasoconstriction as the blood vessels in the extremities contract and shunting blood to the core, and then by lowering it by building up stress tolerance. Cold plunges are a lot like lifting weights for your cardiovascular system.


Q:

Does the mind numbing repeating music ever make you wanna curb stomp a kid?

A:

What is the difference of the YouTube community from 10 years ago to now? (i.e. knowing all the top people or there being a lot less before and a lot more now)


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I haven't checked my blood pressure for years

You seriously never checked your blood pressure once throughout this entire experiment?

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more like curb stomp a mouse


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I actually think its way better, but that may just be my personal experience. The biggest thing I hear is that the community used to be way closer. Its still very close, but its so big that there are just a ton of different friend circles.

Yes, there are negatives like people being FAKE and using others for personal channel growth and money, but those people have always existed. Yes, there is a lot more "drama", but that is just the inclusion of youtuber's into celebrity gossip. Also at times the community can be blood thirsty, like when everyone wanted to kill the Fine Bros and they cheered on/live-streamed their massive sub loss. BUT in general I believe in the good of the community.

Its important that whether it be about Youtube or anything in life, that you don't put on your rose colored glasses and romanticize the past. Things change, and the most you can do is put in, what you want to see more of in the future. Its one of the reasons I constantly promote small creators when I can. Its harder to blow up on youtube organically so if I can promote creators I think are good, it will in theory, make the site as a whole better.

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Yes. I guess I was focusing on other things. I probably should have though.


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Foolish mortal here.

I've always wondered why we go into the mansion via a lower door, rather than through the front?

I guess the obvious answer is, it was designed that way. But (from the looks of things - I've not been myself) but the Disneyland versions you do.

Is there a reason it was made this way?

Also (cheeky second question) does the ride go in the facade? And if not, what's in it?

Thanks!

A:

Who do you watch the most on YouTube?


Q:

What was the reaction of your guides on Kili when you told them you were climbing shirtless? They probably thought you were some crazy muzungu trying to kill himself.

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I'm not sure as to why the entrance is set up like that, my only theory would be so when guests were looking at the mansion, their "magic" wasn't ruined by seeing a line of people going through the front door.

And no it does not! The actual ride is in a warehouse style structure directly behind the facade (you can see some of the building behind the cemetery). The only time a guest is in the actual mansion is when they are in the stretch rooms.


Q:

Gary Vaynerchuck's DailyVee and Joe Rogan's video podcast the most these days.

Also a big fan of TLDToday, Marques Brown, The Rubin Report and thats where I'm going to end the list because it'll turn into me just listing all my subscriptions.

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Yes. I open up the book with one such interaction with a guide telling me to put a shirt on. I didn't.


Q:

What is something people do that is annoying at the parks? Is everyone completely different "underground?"

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have you had any scary fan encounters?


Q:

Does Kilimanjaro in fact rise like Olympus above the Serengeti?

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Let their children run around unsupervised. Yes it is disney, but it's not a daycare.

People are very different backstage. It's much more like normal job when you're down there socializing with co workers. Especially in the cafeteria and locker room areas.

Funny story: one time i saw alice in wonderland in full costume wearing what looked like a hot-topic studded style backpack, while having a conversation and cussing with a girl in half of a Dale costume! It's really comical to see those situations backstage.


Q:

Whats nice about my audience is that for the most part everyone is really nice and respectful. No one has ever threatened/harassed me IN PERSON or done anything negative on purpose when they meet me. Worst case, you have someone who is just very very excited and isn't equipped for that social situation, so they shut down or get a little bit weird/have no sense of personal space/get a little stalky at events like Vidcon. I'm a weird awkward anxious person, but I have years of faking being a socializing normie though, so I am as helpful/respectful as possible.

I attribute this to my audience being a bit older and mentally mature compared to many other youtube audiences/fandoms. Also that when I share my opinions most know I open to a conversation or debate on the topic and don't think of myself as infallible.

A:

Now I have to go listen to this song on repeat. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY


Q:

You do know the water is only a couple feet deep at the most. It'd suck to fall in but not like you'd be screwed completely.

A:

Yeah, was it creepy when I said hi??


Q:

What tips do you have for dealing w/ failure?

What books do you recommend?

How do you set your goals?

A:

But if someone was to hypothetically fall in they would have to go to wardrobe to get new pirate pants :(


Q:

No, but I really wish your hand hadn't been so sticky...

A:

So glad that you asked this. I talk about this concept a lot. I never start anything without first understanding that there is a chance that I'm going to fail. Indeed, I prepare for it. It is much healthier to understand that not everything works out and to expect it, so that in the end if things go well you can be pleasantly surprised.

A friend of mine wrote a book called The Gift of Failure which I'd certainly recommend. I barely made it out of highschool and basically failed my way through middle school. I turned out ok in the end though.

Other books, well, there are just too many to write here. My favorite of all time is "Old Man and the Sea". I love Krakauer's "Into the Wild". And think I wrote a few good books along the way as well.


Q:

How much do you hate the groups of Brazilians that come in the summer?

A:

You've talked recently about wanting to create a news network, any new developments or ideas in that regard?


Q:

If you had to launch a 90kg projectile 300 meters, which medieval siege weapon would you use?

A:

i can hear the loud chanting from here


Q:

There are a few things in the way right now. Current legal/contract obligations and to do what I REALLY REALLY want to do, I will need full creative control, investment AND it has to be money from someone that doesn't want to control the "angle" of the network. Someone who just believes in me and what I want to do.

There are more independents and moderates than ever. Everyone goes left or right because often emotions control views, but I want to showcase what both sides are saying and let people come to their own conclusions.

TLDR: Worst case, ask me again next year ;)

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This has got to be a trick question. Of course I'd be using a trebuchet. I'm not sure what other medieval siege weapon would be capable of such a feat.


Q:

Is there anything that guests do that make your day as a cast member?

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Hey Phil! I've been a fan since I was 11-12 (I'm 18 now) and I'd like to ask you-

How do you feel about the fact that you've had fans that have been watching you all of their lives growing up?

How do you feel or did you ever realize you've helped shape people's adolescence?

Thank you,

Cara


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What are the benefits of a cold shower after sport? Is it that good for the body ?

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Haha no but seriously if a cast member does something above and beyond for a guest that truly had an effect on them, they sometimes send disney a letter about the cast member. This letter is put in your portfolio and looks really good for you!


Q:

Its what I love. We've never met, but I've had the opportunity to hopefully help you become the full version of yourself, even if you don't agree with my POV. That is so exciting to me. When people tell me I helped them with an opinion, choice, and/or career path it makes me feel so fulfilled. Love yo face and have a great one Cara :)

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There is a lot of contradicting research about cold showers after sport. In my experience though, it releases endorphins and feels like it speeds recovery. When I did the training with Brian Mackenzie and Laird Hamilton, they advocate cold plunges DURING exertion. And I think that has an even more powerful effect.


Q:

Any special qualifications needed to land the job? What was the interviewing/hiring process like?

A:

What are some of your favorite youtubers you watch for nonbiased news?


Q:

What do you think about while you are in extreme conditions? How important do you think the mind is in what you do?

A:

Disney was my first job! I applied for part-time work while enrolled in college. I received an email to schedule an interview and went in about a week later. The interview was extremely easy. At the end of the interview i was offered a job and told what park i would work at. You don't find out what ride you're working at until your first day of orientation.


Q:

I don't watch others on youtube for nonbiased news. I do tune in to see what their left/right opinions are. Its why I will check in to see what TheYoungTurks, HuffPo, Breitbart, and The_Donald are saying about a topic.

You can't really have a productive conversation with people if you aren't listening to whats being said.

A:

I have a few things that I do. One is to think warm thoughts, like having a fire or a dragon in my belly. Another is simply to get in a meditation state--a sort of buzzing numbing mental place where I turn off my higher mental functions. If I try to be social, to talk, or lose focus in another way I can get cold quickly.


Q:

A coworker told me his wife (who used to work at the Orlando parks) had access to merchandise and park displays that were "unsellable" or unusable respectfully. Employees could buy merch for really cheap because it was damaged and even park stuff. He said he has a bench, a bed, and some other furniture from Disney. Is any of this true? If so, can you still or has that since been stopped (she worked there several years ago)?

A:

Hey Phil! Thanks for doing this AMA.

Is there anything about the Youtube creator community most people don't know about?


Q:

What scares you? I hear Philippe Petite is afraid of spiders and snakes.

A:

Very true! It's called property control and there are some crazy good deals. Disney has a lot of incredible benefits like that!


Q:

Theres a secret monthly orgy. 500k subs and up only.

A:

I spent about six years living in India and at the time I owned a small Hyundai "santro" which I drove just about everywhere in the country. Driving in India is really different than in America -- you basically play chicken with oncoming traffic if you want to get anywhere. But the speeds are much slower than in the USA. Anyway, when I finally moved back after 6 years in the country, going on American highways terrified me because the speeds were just so much faster. I was always worried that American drivers would play chicken in the same way they do in India and that I would die along with all my passengers. The thought still terrifies me.


Q:

how much sex occurs there, between employees and amongst visitors?

A:

What Happened to the podcast? Do you not post it to soundcloud anymore?


Q:

How difficult was it for you to learn how to control your body temperature? If someone was interested in learning this themselves how should we go about doing that?

A:

Amongst visitors, i've heard of 6 times people were caught in different areas of the park.

Between employees, i didn't get invited. :(


Q:

I don't know why the episodes went away (I saw a few others mentioning this). I'll have to look into it. Das weird. That said, be on the lookout for both new episodes on Soundcloud/iTunes and more guests on the Youtube show in the next 2 months.

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The trick isn't so much about controlling your body temperature--as in consciously raising and lowering it without an external stimulus--rather becoming resistant to the environment that your body encounters. Acclimation is a fairly speedy process when you are dedicated to it. When I first stood in the snow in bare feet it hurt like hell and I had to quit in 5 minute. The next day I stood there for 10 minutes before the same panic set in. On the fourth day I was there for an hour. By the end of the week I climbed up a snowy mountain in Poland in just a pair of shorts and boots.


Q:

Did they make you ride any of the rides as part of the hiring process?

A:

I think you're pretty great at interviewing, can we see more of this in the future?


Q:

Favorite Dota character?

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Not the hiring process but during traditions (your orientation) everyone in the class rode haunted mansion. The second day of in park training we were allowed to choose 2 rides we wanted to ride. We also rode whatever ride we were going to be working at.


Q:

In the form of podcasting, yes. I don't like press junkets or anything like that. HATE THAT!

A:

Riki was my favorite until 7.00 when they nerfed diffusal blade. Lately I've been playing a lot of Weaver.


Q:

What's your worst, grossest, scariest, or outright craziest experience?

A:

Hey, Phil! Long time part of the nation; I started watching you in 8th grade, and now I'm in med school. Crazy how fast things go.

I was just curious what it was that made you go from someone who didn't want to get married, to a person with a beautiful wife and son. Where in your life was that transition in your mind made? I feel as though I'm in a similar position you began in.

Thanks for doing this AMA!


Q:

How has your improved physical fitness affected your ability to play games? Does it help with focus and posture?

I started working out to help with some back/shoulder problems from gaming too long. I can't tell if my workouts are helping or if it's just a reduction in the time I spend gaming because I'm at the gym, but my shoulders and back feel slightly better.

A:

Probably this teenager freaking out on acid during the Haunted Mansion ride.


Q:

First off, congrats on surviving Organic Chemistry 2. Thats what killed me and made me realize I didn't want to go down that path.

I still don't "believe" in marriage. I don't think its something people should aim for or see as a success. I feel like that mindset hurts the relationship. I knew I wanted to be with Lindsay for the long haul and have babies with her, but I personally didn't need to put a piece of paper on it and involve the government. BUT she really believed in it, she cared about it, and I cared about her so I proposed.

Keep in mind, I say all of this as a happily married man. I just don't think people should AIM for marriage or need it to feel complete or loved.

A:

I have seen no improvement in my Dota skills because of the WHM.


Q:

What a waste of acid. Obviously you take a hit before you ride Space Mountain.

A:

As a youtube OG how do you feel about how youtube treats it's content makers and it's viewers?


Q:

Don't you fear a serious cold which could end in your death when you decide not to wear a shirt while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? Can you control your body climate only through your exercise? When I do so, I begin to sweat and soon after I begin to get cold/freeze. How do you mange it?

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I mean it does last 12 hours......or so i've heard


Q:

They do an okay job. Their main problem in my opinion is communication, internally and with creators. Example: There were people in the organization who didn't realize Youtube Heroes was a program that was launching, until they saw my video on it.

I think as long as they realize this flaw and actively work on it, we are headed in a good direction. Sometimes the only way to get them to notice/respond is to make videos complaining, which I hate. It makes us seem like angry spoiled children, when we're really just contractors looking for answers from a company that isn't always the most forthcoming.

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I didn't get sick going up Kili, and I think part of the beauty of environmental conditioning is that it builds up an internal resistance not only to the elements, but also ramps up the immune system. While it doesn't make someone impervious to the elements (you can certainly push too far) it adds resistance. I exercise outdoors all the time and am usually sweating in the snow, not shivering.


Q:

I noticed from your proof that your badge doesn't have your favourite Disney character on it. Has that been phased out/is it just behind the censorship? And who do/would you have on your badge?

(Source - Ex Disney Store Cast Member)

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What's one of your guilty pleasures?


Q:

I come from the swimming sport - and I was trained wrong. I was pushed and pushed and pushed and I failed in getting faster, because my pulse was beating to hard and I've got always a red head. Now is it when I swim I'm sweating in the water and later on I need about 30 mins to get dressed again, due to that sweating.

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Also! I would have stitch on mine :)


Q:

Like Spice Girls or r/RealGirls guilty pleasure? lol

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Wow!


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How integrated or segregated are all the cast members? Backstage, do you all mix together ride operators, store employees, character actors, face actors, custodial team, etc., or is everyone in separate breakrooms/areas? Are you all cliquey?

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Hey Phil. I've been watching on and off for as long as I remember. I want to thank you, your wife and your son for creating content and entertaining me, helping me power through my depression for as long as you have. It means the world, you make the world a better place.

My question to you is: How do you balance life at home, friends and work? Also; as someone genuinely interested in doing Youtube as a hobby, albeit mostly video game related, what can I do to get myself out there properly?


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Opinion on thelegend27?

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I just stuck with myself. All of the pirate cast members hung out together which was cool! we'd even eat lunch inside of the control room instead of going to the cafeteria.

i met cinderella on my first day of training in MK. she was incredibly nice to me and showed me that magic still exists even backstage :')


Q:

Well first thanks for being a part of this weird experiment :)

As far as balance, it is what I struggle with the most. I have found that one of the three will always suffer. Family is at the top of the pyramid for me though. If my family needs me I would abandon the show to help. Luckily I have very understanding and supportive friends/family. That wasn't always the case, but you should try to limit the number of negative influences in your life. <--That gets much easier when you leave home imo.

As far as how to get yourself out properly/marketing yourself from ground zero, that is an incredibly hard question. It depends on the genre. If you have no connections, I would say try streaming first. I've found a ton of smaller creators on Twitch because I went to see what games were trending and then clicked on the stream of the 10th person down on list of live viewers, because their thumbnail looked interesting. That and work with others as often as possible.

Before marketing I would say focus on the quality first. IT WILL SUCK AT FIRST, so fail when only a few people are looking while you can. Look at the genre you want to break into, and borrow what you like, change/tweak the things you don't like, and add your own personality/flair into the content.

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I bet I could beat her in Dota.


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Have you ever been asked to be one of the mascots? My 12th grade English teacher used to be Minnie.

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Do you ever find it difficult to remain unbiased in the PDS? I admire your work Phil! been following since 2007!


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Do you think that since cold preserves meat, you will live longer than me?

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I wish! The process to become a character is very lengthy. Lots of auditioning. It is funny because they choose certain people depending on their height for the character. A lot of the time; guys will play minnie, girls will play buzz lightyear, etc.

I knew the cutest little old lady who was mickey mouse!! errrr... i mean "friends" with mickey ;)


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No. I present the facts. I present the arguments from all the involved parties. AND THEN I let you know this is separate and give my opinion on the topic. I think its why people trust me. They know what they are disagreeing with is my opinion and not if the info I'm saying is mean to mislead. Also because if the facts turn out to be different or something was a hoax, I will own it and inform them, instead of being fine with them thinking a falsehood is true.

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Hah. Maybe. But not for that reason.


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In your time, what was the strangest story you had happen to you and/or had heard happen to someone?

Thanks!

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What are some of your favourite memories at Sourcefed?


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Do you meditate regularly?

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One of my coworkers was being stalked by an older gentleman that would come to our ride for AT LEAST 4 hours a day. By that i mean that he would get in line, ride the ride, repeat for 4 hours. This happened for about 2 months.


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All the early days. We didn't fully know where it would take us. I will pat myself on the back til the day I die over my selection of the first 3 and then first 6 hosts. Such fun weird times. Also the first time I did a DeFranco Does live event with Steve and Joe.

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I do the breathing method almost every morning with my wife.


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Follow up: Did he stop showing up or was legal action taken?

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Hey Phil! I love your channel and have been watching for years and even got a ton of Marines to start watching it while I was in! You are fantastic!

I don't mean to be rude with this question, but it seems your videos have slowly switched to more "gossip" news (YouTube drama and what not) and not so much about actual real news (Russian ambassador assassinated on 12/20/2016) as it used to be. I was wondering if there was a reason for this? Is this for more views? Which I could totally understand! Just wondering if there was more of a reason? Legal reasons ? Harder to find full details?

Thanks you if you answer this! Love your face!


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This is actually about your other book, The Red Market (hope that's ok - I found it fascinating!). I recently read that self-driving cars will directly impact organ donation in the U.S., because it will reduce highway fatalities (and thus reduce the number of healthy organs donated). Do you think this might give way to a less ethical organ procurement process in the U.S. such as you saw overseas?

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He stopped showing up after a manager talked to him. I'm guessing he was threatened with a park ban.


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  1. Thanks for watching, serving, and spreading common sense :)
  2. The answer is actually lame. In December I was impacted the harshest from trying to quit my adderall prescription. My energy was snuffed out, the other lesser stories didn't require as much time, and from mid december I was using back up editors, so I tried to limit how long the shows were to make sure we could get a quality show up on time.

Thanks for the question!

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Very interesting. I think it probably will, however since most organ donors drive motorcycles, we probably have a little ways to go before those go self driving.

That said, after reporting on organ trafficking for 6 years or so, I am VERY hesitant to sign up to be an organ donor in America. There is simply too much profit in the American medical system for me to trust the intentions of a hospital that can make upwards of $250,000 selling my body parts. The entire system needs reform and transparency.


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Was he making lewd or crude comments to your co-worker? Like, what was it about him that made it seem like one specific co-worker was being targeted?

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Have you ever met a person featured on your show as douche bag of the day or Bamf of the day irl, and if so, what was the interaction like?


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Will you train me?

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he met her outside of disneyworld. he would harass her on social media and show up at her job daily


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Yeah, Joey Salads. Awkward, but I stood by my opinion. I try to give people a chance, but if you're a cunt, you're a cunt. The time I saw him was after he did the fake muslim vs christian bomb prank. I haven't seen him in person since he posted that video where faked a group of black guys destroying a trump car. I think the guy is a straight up scum bag, but I believe he legitimately thinks hes a good person.

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I don't know if I'm going to run any workshops or not on the method. However, I can enthusiastically recommend checking out Kasper van der Meulen's training program "Mindlift" http://www.kaspervandermeulen.com/

Of all the WHM instructors I've met I think he is head and shoulders above the rest.


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What is your favourite ride ?

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Phil,

On one of your videos a while back you mentioned that you were an atheist who carries some baggage from the Catholic church. Being an atheist who carries some baggage from the Mormon church, I was excited to hear that.

I understand not wanting to offend or alienate your audience, but I think problems in religion can only be solved if people speak openly and freely about them. With that said, what are some of your current thoughts on religion and what do you think the future holds for faith?


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The 2014 piece in Playboy turned out to be a hit and I spent the next four years studying the method more closely and examining scientific explanations for why it worked.

2014

next four years

What is the secret to time travel?
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Rockin roller coaster!


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I want there to be a God, but I don't believe there is one. I'd actually be horrified if there was one. A God that would allow childhood cancer, Alzheimer's disease, natural disasters like the earthquake/tsunami that killed around 240,000 people back in 2004 is no friend of mine. And thats without jumping into the horrors of things like war and genocide where men are pulling the strings. You can say its a challenge/test, but thats a pretty demented test. Thats the way you play a twisted game of Sim City you are bored with, not people.

BUT, before you run off. Hear me out.

I have no issue with religion as long as it doesn't take away someones rights. As long as you aren't preaching about someone being lesser, just because of the way they were born. As long as its about the love your family, love your neighbor, put more good in the world stuff, I am fine with it. Even though I don't believe I'll let my children know what other people believe. I'll recommend reading the books of many faiths, because being informed is always a good thing. If they want to test the waters, I'll go to church with them.

As far as the future, organized religion isn't going anywhere right now. I think believing in something larger than yourself is comforting, and can also be very important.

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It took well over a year for the piece to come out. Visited wim in 2012.


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When people ask for more time or more speed, do you accept it (when there's not a lot of people I mean) ?

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Hey Philip I love your work dude! Keep puttin more good in the world. What's your go-to drink/booze-thingy? - a beautiful bastard


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Hey Scott, I can't wait to order and read your book. I've been really fascinated with Wim Hof for the past year since I first saw his VICE documentary, and have been doing his method the past few weeks because it's freezing where I live right now. And the breathing and cold showers have been doing a pretty good job of making it more bearable.

Anyway, Wim Hof was on Joe Rogan's podcast for the second time a few months ago, and Joe called bullshit on you being able to do 80 breathless pushups in a row. Did you see the interview? Are you ever going to make a video to refute him then send it to him?

Also, though I believe heavily in Wim's abilities, in the spirit of what he's doing, and in his abilities to teach his method to others, are there any specific parts of his methods or ideas you feel are deserving of criticism, or at least closer scrutiny?

Thanks for your time, good luck with your book sales!

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We can't :( Unfortunately the only time we allow for one more time is a vip. We never allow more speed.


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I'm loving tequila anything more and more...except Tila.

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Hey there. Yes indeed! The vice doc was amazing. I even get name checked in it. I think they read my Playboy piece and then sent out a reporter. And I'm glad they did. The doc was absolutely epic.

I've been waiting for Rogan to reach out to me. He DID call bullshit and I'd love to set things straight. I'll make a video at some point, though I usually don't do the breath-in breathing method that lets me hit 80 pushups. Instead I focus on doing 50-breath-out pushups in my morning routine.

The reason for this is that breath-in retention power pushups will let a person do a lot more sheer-number of exercises, but carry a lot higher chance of passing out. I know from experience that 80 is my absolute limit and have passed out a few times after I hit that number. I didn't think that would make a compelling video.

In terms of scrutiny, I absolutely think that we should remain skeptical of the claims of the WHM and focus on the science and on results. There's no reason to claim it can cure cancer if we have no evidence of that. That said, there's no reason to NOT do the method if you have an illness as long as you are still doing the correct medical protocol.


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Where's the best place to eat at the park? Like your go-to

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Crunchy peanut butter or smooth?


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Be our guest is the best experience.

There's a seafood place by the Haunted Mansion that has great lobster mac and cheese, i forget what it's called!

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Heres the deal...it doesn't matter. Some people like crunchy peanut butter and others prefer being HORRIBLE MONSTER CREATURES! To each their own.


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Columbia Harbour House but it stopped serving it at the beginning of 2016. (I was a CP here and had to explain this to a lot of people)

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Hi Phil! I'm Gordon and I've been a beautiful bastard of the nation since 2009! You've helped me grow up with a better perspective on things and I'm thankful for that! Now for my question:

What happened to the monkey intro? Is it ever going to come back?


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First harambe now this

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I cut it and don't see it coming back soon. The inclusion of an intro actually seemed to hurt video views. Jumping into the story/content as fast as possible helped our watch-through rate, which in turn boosted my videos in the youtube algorithm. Youtube rewards videos that keep people watching longer on youtube.

PS. Thanks for being a beautiful bastard and not running away :)


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Did u get free tickets to bring u and ur fam over there for vacay?

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You know Linz clogged before Trey & marriage, right? You can stillview her older vlogs on her old channel- I'd love to know though if anyone ever recognises him as Lindsay Defranco's husband 😁


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Yes. We get 1 Main entrance pass and 3 guests pass. We also get some paper tickets a few times throughout the year.

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For a second I thought clog was a weird sexual term and I was like, "WTF YOU SAY ABOUT MY WIFE MATE?!"


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Josh?

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Hi Phil! I admire your empire :)

How did you originally start promoting your content & what was your tipping point towards becoming a huge YouTuber?


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Drake?

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We had video responses back in the early days of Youtube. On top of making rant videos about news topics, I would make parody's/video responses to whatever was trending on Youtube's homepage. Also putting a very attractive girl in the thumbnail aka clickbaiting supercharged my early growth. Clickbaiting back then was the only way to compete with all the other people out there who were just buying views from click farms.

Whats funny is now I get fewer views if there are boobs in the thumbnail, so my thumbnails often include my stupid face FRONT AND CENTER.

I don't know if there was ever a tipping point though. I was a slow grower.

giggity


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Okay, as a former Disneyland CM who just visited WDW for the first time last year, I gotta ask....what in the world is cast parking like over there? Does each park have its own lot? How hard is it to get over there with all resort traffic?

Also, hello fellow West Sider! (If you guys even are considered West Side Attractions over there....idk how your attraction groups are split up. Over here you'd do Mansion, Pirates, Splash and Pooh. Maybe canoes and big boats. Orrrr Jungle, Thunder, Steam trains. And, as always, Guest Control) Over there, idk!

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Do you think there are still avenues and ways for aspiring creators to "hit it big" on YouTube anymore?

The reason I ask is because it seems like a lot of the guys that are getting big nowadays seem to be either heavily promoted by already popular YouTubers, or they randomly have a fluke video go viral.


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The paring situation is not great. Each park does have its own parking lot. You have to get to the parking lot (completely separate from the parks) an hour before your shift. You then take a bus to the tunnels. Thankfully, the area where the busses go are not interfered with by resort traffic.

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Its possible without help, but it is far far far more probable if you have help. Its one of the reasons I do TodayInAwesome and consistently check my subreddit to see if the community found something awesome I can share with my larger audience.


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Out due to points?

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Would you ever consider running for political office?


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There's a point system for disney employees. calling out sick, no call no show, all different amounts of points. After a certain amount you're fired.

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I've joked about it before, but I feel like I can do more good out of office. That said...DEFRANCO 2024!! :-p


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What's your favorite ride? Do you enjoy what you do?

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Do you keep making money on videos even after you post or like 1yr old videos?


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Rockin roller coaster! And yeah it was a very rewarding job. Making families have the best experience possible was truly magical. The free park passes weren't so bad either ;)

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We do, but it is far less because most of my views come from the first 36 hours it is up. In fact if it doesn't get shared somewhere, 1/2 the views usually come from the first 3-5 hours.


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Don't go to Disneyland Paris... Was super disappointed by their version of it...

Now, the Crush Coaster and the Ratatouille Ride...

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Why are you so god damn sexy Philip?


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There's a Ratatouille Ride?!?

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Your low standards?


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Ever get puked upon?

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Wierdest porn you have watched ? (someone had to ask it)


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Nope i would cry

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Watched? Probably the TMNT parody on WoodRocket. I covered it on the show. As far as in actual consumption, its pretty tame; asian granny choking cake farts. Obviously...


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Hello! I have the upmost respect for cast members and go to Disneyland 1-2 times a month and always make sure to leave a positive comment if a cast member made my day extra special.

One question I do have though: does it annoy cast members when guests ask for the front row on rides? I do this often on the rollercoasters and indie, and always mention I have no problem waiting a little extra if I have to. Usually they don't seem to have a problem but every now and then one will sigh and appear frustrated.

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What do you think the impact of "fake news" will be in 2017? Do you think "common sense" will prevail?


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It doesn't annoy most of us. It can be a little difficult when you're counting people off into different rows. But i love riding front row too so i could care less when people ask!

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Common sense prevail? No. Humans more often than not are controlled by their emotions over logic. But as long as we can continue to grow the number of involved, interested, and open people I will take that as a win.


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Not OP, but I can answer your question.

It all depends on how nice you ask, how often you're getting asked, and when you ask. If I just asked you how many are in your party, give you a row, and THEN you say you want the front: go fuck yourself. If you say "We're x amount and we'd like the front row" then fine, I'll figure it out. If say, you're at Test Track and I say "row 3" and then you say "oh we wanted the front" and then argue with me when I tell you row 3 is the front but you don't believe me: Get ready for me to get real condescending. If we're at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey where every ride vehicle is a front row seat and you ask for the front row, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND TAKE TWO SECONDS TO LOOK AROUND.

If it's not obvious, I left attractions because it made me angry.

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Bruh your frozen butter beer is lit


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Why did you stop working there? Any particular event that lead up you leaving?

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I had to move back home to help take care of my grandmother with alzheimer's.


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Fellow Las Vegan here! My mom worked as a ride operator ~30 years ago. Has there been any new rules or policies enforced over that time from an incident? Thanks!

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When i first read this i was like "damn, i'm not vegan"... haha! I'm not sure what rules would have been different then besides technology driven stuff such as the no selfie stick rule. However, disney is very cautious about terrorism attacks.


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Hi! Long time Disney and theme park enthusiast here!

Couple questions:

What's the average pay rate, and would you say it's worth it?

What do you feel is the most underrated (and overrated) attraction in the park?

During what time period did you work there for?

How do you feel the park has progressed during the years, anything you would have done differently?

What do you think of DCA, and do you think it deserved the hate it got?

Do you get to visit the park for free, as the myth goes?

Thanks for the answers!

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Hi!

Starting pay: 10$ If it's worth it or not is all dependent on how much you appreciate the perks of the job

Most underrated attraction:rockin roller coaster and i think small world is overrated

I worked there from 2012-2016

I feel the park has progressed so much with the help of the imagineers as far as the theming of the park goes. They really create magic.

I've never been!

And yes i could go in whatever park, however many parks a day with my entrance pass!