Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Big One

One of my favorite memories from working at Disneyland:

Tommy (AKA 'Tammy') J. was one of the more outrageous queens that worked in the parade department as a dancer in the eighties. He was also uniquely fashionable. Considering the number of flamboyant male performers at that time, that's saying something.

I was in the employee (cast member) cafeteria, backstage, when an afternoon parade had just finished coming down Main Street. The parade performers were on a lunch break. One of the female dancers got in line and ordered a baked potato.

"Do you want a big one or a little one?" the serving lady behind the counter asked.

"I want a big one," the girl replied, just as Tommy J. walked into the cafeteria.

"Honey," he said from the doorway, "we all want a big one."


Lion's Cub said...

Hey! I think I remember Tommy--tall slim guy with a thin, long face, riight? Looks a little like Alanis Morisette?

thelastnoel said...

Wait, there were gay guys who worked in Disndyland? No!

Peter Varvel said...

LC, ha ha! Maybe an African American version of Alanis . . .

N, during my first year there, I bitterly thought that they should put a warning on their employee applications: "Working here may cause you to come out of the closet!" LOL

constant drama said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! That's funny.

Which Disneyland did you work in? I been to Disneyland, LA aaaaages go. When I say ages ago that was like in 1997, I was 11 years old. Meh, so damn old now.

Peter Varvel said...

CD, you are not old. I was 31 in 1997, and that was a decade after having worked at Disneyland in California, ha ha!

Quin Browne said...


you worked there when i went there with the fmdkids