Hooray for Hollywood!

On May 1st, Hollywood Studios celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Recently, I added two of my friends to Theme Park Doctor’s Facebook page as contributors. I worked with my first contributor, Meagan Jacobs, at Cedar Point, and she also completed the Disney College Program. Currently, she works at Space Mountain in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. […]

The Off Season

It’s dreaded, but it always comes if you’re not living in a southernmost state. The off-season refers to the period of time that a theme park is closed, usually due to the cold weather. Even though northern parks in the Six Flags and Cedar Fair chains now have successful holiday offerings, once the new year […]

An Ode To ‘Wishes’

It was around 9:00 pm on October 26th, 2014. I was 17 years old, and my grandmother had taken me on a trip to Walt Disney World for my graduation. This was my sister’s birthday trip as well, and she would not travel anywhere without my mom, so naturally, my mom was there, too. We […]

The Disney College Program Experience

The Disney College Program has enhanced my communication skills in an abundance of ways. Working as a monorail pilot has allowed me to learn to communicate with multiple different guests, cast members, and leaders/coordinators at the same time. ¬†I’ve learned how to communicate effectively while facing challenges that could potentially be harmful or cause a […]

Communication on the Rails: Unloading

While working at Magic Kingdom, the most coveted position that monorail operators can have is the “unloader.” The unloader is essentially in charge of all operations and can be thought of as the “king” or “queen” of the Magic Kingdom monorail platform. Although I had briefly mentioned the unloader’s duties in previous posts, the unloader […]

Communication on the Rails: Testing Down Time

It’s no secret to guests that the monorails experience many technical difficulties, maintenance checks, and other challenges¬†that delay our operations. However, we also undergo testing that requires the system to go out-of-service for some time. Each of the twelve Mark VI trains have been in constant rotation since 1992, and with closing procedures occurring around […]