Whilst queuing for the “Tower of Terror” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with my family this summer I witnessed something far more interesting than a mere journey beyond the realms of sight and sound. A guest had been taken ill and was lying on a stretcher being given medical attention immediately in front of the entrance to the elevators. However the majority of the queuing masses were completely oblivious to this fact. They were oblivious because the medical crew and their patient were being shielded by a large and jolly pair of Disney cast members who were distracting the crowd by asking how their day was going and passing pleasantries with the waiting riders. The line (with the exception of my wife who never misses a thing) were completely unaware of the drama going on behind them. Nothing happens in Disney by chance. The fact that Alice (from “Alice in Wonderland”) hit her smile and wave mark accurately to the centimetre on the parade route and engaged in a brief conversation with my daughter who was sitting on the exact same pavement curb two days in a row prove that. There is obviously a response plan for guest medical emergencies which probably includes the deployment of rotund smiling happy chaps to divert people’s attention…
And yet many support providers are seemingly unprepared for reasonably predictable events.
If you haven’t got a response plan for major incidents you should get one!
Jolly chaps with beards are optional 🙂
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