Disney Guest’s Swift Actions Save Cast Member’s Life in Near-Death Experience

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Disney cast members play a vital role in bringing the magic of Disney to life for guests visiting the parks. They are not just employees but are seen as part of the immersive experience that Disney strives to create. Each cast member undergoes rigorous training to ensure that they embody the values and spirit of Disney in their interactions with guests.

From the moment a guest enters the park, cast members go above and beyond to make their experience truly memorable. Whether it’s helping a family find their way to a certain attraction or greeting guests with a cheerful smile, cast members are always ready to make magic happen.

However, sometimes, it is not the cast member helping the guest but the guest helping the Disney cast member. In an emotional turn of events, one Disney guest saved the life of a cast member after he suffered from a potentially fatal health emergency.

Related: Disney Cast Member Saves Guest’s Life Amid Scary Emergency

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Disney Guest Saves the Day

Being a Disney cast member goes beyond just wearing a costume; it’s about embracing a role and playing a part in creating treasured memories for visitors of all ages. The dedication and enthusiasm of cast members are what sets Disney parks apart and keeps guests coming back year after year. Each cast member contributes to the overall atmosphere of the park, whether they are portraying a beloved character or working behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Furthermore, Disney cast members are known for their exceptional guest service skills. They undergo continuous training to enhance their abilities to handle various situations with grace and professionalism.

Whether it’s dealing with a challenging guest request or solving a problem, cast members are always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure guest satisfaction. Their unwavering commitment to providing top-notch service is a cornerstone of the Disney experience.

Oftentimes, Disney cast members are responsible for making potentially life-altering decisions for guests. With many injuries and incidents reported every year, such as the recent fight in Disneyland Resort, it is often the responsibility of cast members to save the day.

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Disney Reqards Heroic Guest

However, at the end of the day, cast members are just people who happen to work an incredible job. Like anyone else, they can easily become a victim when tragedy strikes. For one cast member, his life was forever changed when he suffered from a heart attack while working a shift at Disney.

Thankfully, a Disney guest was able to step in and provide life-saving care for the cast member. The guest shared their story on FaceBook, saying:

“We got something similar to take a few years ago. On my moms birthday at the grand Floridian a shop clerk happened to have a heart attack n we were the only people in the shop n we happened to be at the right place n the right time. N my mom is a nurse n jumped into action. I closed the shop called front desk called 911 n they gave us a spend what u want at Disney springs because we saved his life. N we didn’t do it for anything we did it because that’s what we do. Best part wasn’t the gift the resort gave us but as we went to leave they played on the piano happy birthday to my mom n everyone cheered for my mom.”

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This story is truly a reminder of how incredibly many members of the Disney theme park community can be. When this cast member was in a moment of peril, these Walt Disney World Resort guests truly stepped up and saved the day.

Overall, Disney cast members are not just employees; they are the heart and soul of the Disney experience. Their dedication, passion, and commitment to creating magical moments for guests make them invaluable assets to the Disney brand. We are so happy that these guests were able to give back to cast members in such a life-saving way.

About Eva Merrill

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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