Disneyland has a separate VIP entrance for particularly important guests (heads of state, Medal of Honor recipients, bloggers, etc.) so that they don’t have to stand in line with the other guests. But other than its exclusivity and the fact that everyone passing through it receives a valuable gift basket, it operates like any other line.
Speaking of which, the cast members that run the entrance turnstiles must be particularly skilled individuals — constantly attentive, prodigiously knowledgeable, and gratuitously multilingual. They are versatile enough to scan tickets and identify guests from pixilated annual-pass photos at one minute, and turn around and stamp guest hands with weird green ink the next.
These cast members are also responsible for identifying guests whose appearance is not within park guidelines. This would include young people with obscene clothing (shirts that read “$*#! Smurfs”, for example), guests hold shopping bags full of food so they can avoid having to buy anything edible, the nude, and anyone whose stroller is filled with a ravenous adult panther. In years past, people whose hair was too long were denied entry to the park, and although this policy is no longer in force, tradition holds that security must be notified whenever a “hippie” enters the property.
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