Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir

Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir

by Chris Mitchell
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Cast Member Confidential: A Disneyfied Memoir by Chris Mitchell

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 personal Disneyfication, to what really happens in the hidden tunnels beneath the Magic Kingdom and what not to eat at the Mousketeria, it was a year filled with more adventure--and surprises--than he could ever have "imagineered."

Funny and moving, Mitchell tracks his ascent through the backstage social hierarchy in which princesses rule, and his escapades in the "Ghetto" where Cast Members live and anything goes. Along the way, he unmasks the misfits and drop-outs, lifers and nomads who leave their demons at the stage door as they preserve the magic that draws millions to this famed fantasyland--the same magic that Mitchell seeks and ultimately finds in the last place he ever expected.

Chris Mitchell is an action sports photographer and journalist who grew up in Los Angeles. He was a senior at UCLA when he started his first magazine, an inline skating publication, and sold it to Sports & Fitness Publishing. Within a few years, he was working on five magazines within The Surfer Group. He continues to work closely with a number of publications and websites, as well as event and TV production companies like ESPN, ASA Entertainment and Lifelounge. He is a recognized expert in action sports, and as such, has stunt coordinated dozens of productions, including Batman and Robin, Brink! and Airborne. He is also the Chairman of the International Inline Stunt Federation for the advancement of extreme skating as a healthy and safe activity. After spending a year working as a photographer at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he currently lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806533681
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 281,727
File size: 450 KB

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Cast Member Confidential 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like gossip and behind the scenes information as much as the next person but this book didn't provide that. The author hss taken material sufficient for a long magazine article and unsuccessfully stretched it to book length. The writing is barely pedestrian in quality. Lots and lots of description about drinking and sex but beyond that, there wasn't much that was confidential that anyone really would care about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldnt buy this book ever. I followed his blog for a while and didnt care for it. It kind of ruined the disney magic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a story about someone who thought they wanted to work at disney but was disappointed by the personal life of other cast members and their lives outside of Disney.
richRW More than 1 year ago
While I enjoy disney this book really revealed nothing about inside worikings of disney
JThomas More than 1 year ago
I was looking for an easy read, and I picked this up. It was perfect for a vacation read - not too deep with just enough engaging characters and plot lines to keep me turning the pages. I find it hard to believe that everything was true (especially after his disclaimer in the beginning about names changed to protect the innocent), but after the first few pages I didn't really care. If you like David Sedaris and AJ Jacobs, you'll like Mitchell.
Anna_Louise More than 1 year ago
Interesting story based on one man's year of working for Disney. Lots of behind the scene stories and how he was able to find his Disney magic again after he had lost it. Remember if you are a die-heart Disney fan it can disillusion the magic but the author found his once again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has some Disney secrets but, it's a story about a young man finding himself. It has a very crude side to the story, lots of sex, drugs and curse words. But, it is well,written and honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pensacolamark More than 1 year ago
I bought this expecting a collection of gossip about the hijinks behind the scenes at Disney. I got that, but I also got an interesting story about the author and his struggles to finally grow up and come to terms with his family and himself. He doesn't paint himself in flattering colors, either. At times, he comes across as a very selfish, immature person, but the book shows how he grows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realize it is not always milk and honey in the Happiest Place on Earth, but this portrait paints a sad, drug use, sex crazed, loser portrait.
Mcoffman More than 1 year ago
I should have read the reviews before purchasing this book. The author would dibble off on personal stories, and appeared to embellish his out of park experiences with attempted descriptions that would get you lost on his intent. Worst Disney book I have read, if your looking for an inside look at behind the scenes at WDW this book is NOT it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so interesting. Its a good book!
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Joris_Broeren More than 1 year ago
Although Mitchell is obviously trying to shock with a rather pubescant style of writing, the situations he describes are not such a surprise as he, apparently, hopes. Sex on property? Drug-trafficking? I would be more surprised is that DIDN'T happen in a workplace where thousands of people (including lots of teens), work in a sort of showbizz. What interested me a bit more, was that he, after an initial disdain for 'the Disney way' of behaving, he sort of gets sucked into it, and actually seems to be enjoying himself. Something Kevin Yee reported as wel, in a bit less shock-and-awe style. A fun read if you believe that all cast members are as spotless on the inside as they appear on the outside. A shrug at best if you are not as, well, naive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cast Memeber Confidential was a quick enjoyable read. As a huge Disney fan it was interesting to read about some of the not so Disney moments that we all know must go on. Mitchell takes his readers on a roller coaster of emotions from humor to sadness to joy. There are a few mentions of some steamy scenes that would not be appropriate for children but were not offensive to this kid at heart. I laughed out loud a few times as the author described several events (if you have been to Disney you will understand about the South Americans and their flags). While most of the book is humorous their are some sad emotional parts too as the author ponders life and death. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I wish there were more like it.
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Great read not at all what I expected. I felt like i knew all the characters personally.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to stop reading. At every turn there was a new twist to the antics of the Disney cast members. the next time I go to Disneyland it will really make me wonder who is behind the costume or make up. The book was very entertaining.