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Disneyland Article
Heres What Disneylands Overnight Shift Workers Do After The Parks Close

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Source:Orange County Register
Author:Mark Eades
Dateline:September 21, 2016
Posted:September 27, 2016
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When Disneyland closes for the night, members of its overnight shift are just arriving.

Starting at 11:30 p.m., the third shift crew at the Disneyland Resort begins its nightly routine. Machinists inspect the rides, gardeners mow lawns and trim trees, and the custodial crew rolls out 150-foot-long fire hoses to wash everything down.

"That's one of my favorite jobs here," said Anaheim resident Stacey Licher, 30, and mother of three.

Five nights a week, Licher can be found around Disney California Adventure, hosing down the streets, cleaning inside rides and polishing all the windows.

"They get very dirty with a lot of fingerprints," she said.

Working the third shift can be a challenge when it comes to sleeping, though.

"I usually just sleep in the morning when I get home for about three hours, then nap throughout the day," Licher said.

She likes cleaning Radiator Springs Racers, as it gives her a chance to see how the mechanics and effects were done on the popular attraction. But there is one attraction she fears a little: Tower of Terror.

"I know you're supposed to get scared in there and I do," she said. "The Imagineers did a good job - I don't like working in there alone."

But she's usually not alone, as there are always others inspecting ride vehicles and doing various tasks.

Marco Gonzalez of Pomona is a machinist and currently works third shift performing preventive maintainance on the mechanical systems, such as the hydraulics, on Astro Orbiter and Star Tours.

"We check all the actuators and make sure they're not leaking," he said.

If he sees something, he fixes it right away. Gonzalez also worked on Space Mountain for seven years, inspecting every wheel of every rocket every night. If one needed replacing due to wear and tear, he would do that, then ride it with the lights on to make sure all was well.

"It's fun, you see everything around the track and all the magic we make."

Early Wednesday morning, resort management held a party for its overnight cast members called "Third Shift Celebration" in Tomorrowland. Third shift workers got free food, gifts, and photo ops with Stormtroopers.

"We want to make sure third shift knows how much we appreciate what they do," said Rich Langhorst, a resident of Yorba Linda and the vice president of facilities and operation services for the Disneyland Resort.

Langhorst said the more than 1,500 third shift cast members have to make sure everything gets done, from cleaning and maintenance to replacement of pavement and ride tracks, like they did on Big Thunder a couple years ago.

"That was a seven days a week, 24 hours a day operation for several months," he said.

Langhorst tells his crew that to work the third shift they have to make sure they figure out their sleep schedule and stick to it, as well as eat good meals.

He also points out the big advantage to going to work late at night: "No traffic."
 

 
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