Not all CMs are. And the characters can even be CPs I believe, so I doubt it’s seniority. I imagine there are various factors - relative height compared to say Minnie of the CM “friends” for one. And I seem to remember wrangling over the weight of the Mickey heads, so that likely also factors in.
Everyone is correct! To be “friends” with a character the first step is to fall in the height range. Then there is an audition process. A lot of full costumed characters are the same height so someone (even CP) can be “friends” with more than one character.
Also every CM (except CP) is allowed to join the union but you aren’t automatically in the union just by working there
They don’t hate me in the sense I don’t invite it. The backpack I take with me has metal parts that always sets it off anyway, so I have my family put in anything that they’d have to hold out. It may not save us a lot of time, but I feel I get my “money’s worth” on going to the table when my bag has a glasses case, battery pack, and metal water bottles.
Oh! Lol. I have said it a few times before but I also understand what it looks like I have a veerryyyy llooonnnnggg married name. Early on, I adopted my initials and last name. So technically it’s D.R.Villarejos. But my email is just drvillarejos and I use that for almost everything.
Edit: I mean I wish I was sometimes, lol. But that’s a very stressful profession. I did think of being a R.N. right out of highschool and working towards an admin in medicine position. But I can’t handle the sight of blood… so I went the opposite direction and went into design, real estate and construction. I just naturally know numbers amd understand aspects of finance and bookkeeping so a few extra classes and I’m borderline managing a few businesses at the moment. A little more complicated that that but I can be a Rehab Dr. if it fits.
Re: pools, my MO for many years has been to sort of go in up to my knees, in beach or pool. I just hate getting my face wet, and usually I’m taking tons of pics and don’t want to get my phone wet. This is really enough for me unless I’m realllllyy feeling into swimming that day–but I still love going to pools and especially the beach.
I almost drowned when I was a kid as well. The thing with the lazy river is that it’s moving. So getting in and out of the float/tube can be stressful. I recommend doing it at the entrance/exit point rather than walking through the river and jumping on an empty tube that comes by.