No Tricks, Just Treats with Magic Backstage

Maryanna Antoldi

by , Senior Communications Specialist, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, Communications Co-Chair, “ENABLED Florida” Business Employee Resource Group

From Mickey Mouse and Cinderella-themed pumpkins lining Main Street, U.S.A to the “boo-tiful” merchandise and food & beverage offerings, there is no place I’d rather spend Halloween than at Walt Disney World Resort. And, in honor of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Magic Backstage, a cast member-exclusive sweepstakes program, had a festive EARidescent Moment waiting for a lucky winner.

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting Cindy, a Guest Experience Manager at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, who won a one-night stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and tickets to Magic Kingdom Park’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash event. This sounds like a sweet prize already, but there was one additional treat: she was able to take her family and friends along for the adventure.

“Being a Magic Backstage winner during the 50th Anniversary is so exciting,” Cindy said. “We’re here to celebrate Walt Disney World, and this is a great way for cast members to participate in all of the fun – like going to Boo Bash!”

And, between the bewitching Halloween cavalcades, ghoulish character sightings and stops for sweet treats, Cindy and her family had no shortage of fun. Want to know what it’s like to be a Magic Backstage winner? Watch Cindy’s story below!


  • When I was a Disneyland cast member in 1995, for Disneyland’s 40 Years of Adventure, thy held a cast member event called “Backstage Magic” (I know, same name but in reverse order). Each cast member was allowed to bring one guest (or both parents) and take them on a backstage tour of the park. It included visiting the security office and seeing just how good the cameras were, riding Space Mountain with the lights on, walking through the first half of Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, visiting the control towers of Space Mountain and Splash Mountain, getting to tour Club 33, visiting the laser equipment for Captain EO, and some other surprises.

    I had some GREAT times as a cast member, but getting to show my parents some of the methods behind the magic was very cool.

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