I asked this question earlier, and her response ended with wanting my answer to the same question.
I actually have slept there twice, for short times. When we were making a movie called Vendor Wars (which sadly was never completed, but it was an Outdoor Vending spoof of Star Wars that I briefly mentioned on the Disney blog about six months ago), we were filming overnight when guests weren’t around.
So we’d work our shifts, which sometimes went until 3:00am (it was the middle of summer), and then we’d film overnight, then go back to work when the sun came up. We weren’t getting a lot of sleep.
On one occasion, I curled up on top of the ice cream cart that goes between the entrance to Frontierland and Adventureland and took a nap between shots (the cart was in the old balloon room behind the old America Sings building at the time — it was part of the set). It was surprisingly comfortable once I curled myself up into enough of a ball to fit on it. When they were ready to film, some of the crew started throwing balloon weights at me to wake me up. I woke up in time to see one flying right at my face, and I lifted the lid of the cart just in time to block it.
The other time was also during that summer, but in the park while it was open. We had filmed overnight again, and I was working my shift the next day on an ice cream cart right by the entrance to Splash Mountain. It was a hot day, but Critter Country has some of the best shade in the park. The area music is also really relaxing. Suddenly I had a guest shaking my shoulder to wake me up and ask for a strawberry juice bar. I apologized profusely, and the guest was exceedingly nice about it, and then I thanked my lucky starts that a lead hadn’t walked by while I was dozing off.
But if I were to actually choose a spot, I’ve got a few that I think would be neat. I can honestly say that there’s no good place in Universal Studios to do it (at least not the theme park, where I slept several nights a week for quite a while when I was homeless but working there — I never did chance sleeping on some of the backlot sets, but that could have been fun to sleep in the Bates Motel or something).
At Disneyland, though, I think Big Thunder Trail would be good; close enough to hear the waterfall at Big Thunder, but not so close that it’s too loud. And the fact that I had something of a ghostly encounter there kind of makes me want to be there late at night again to see if anything else would happen. I think this bench would work wonderfully:
I’m with you on the treehouse and Tom Sawyer’s Island, and the Tiki Room would be a great place to catch some zzz’s. I’d probably also enjoy the captain’s bed at Pirates of the Caribbean (I don’t think I’d be too creeped out by the real skull on the headboard, though sharing the bed with a skeleton may be a bit weird).
I think the lower section of the Hungry Bear restaurant may be pretty decent, too, as long as you slept at the far end and not by the restrooms or the smelly backstage access tunnel (what is with some of those backstage smells?).
Or even setting up a thin cot in one of the canoes right next to the Hungry Bear, as long as I was sure I wouldn’t roll out during the night. I don’t want to end up in the green water.
The other place on the sleeping empty bucket list (empty since there’s no chance of these actually happening unless I somehow become the CEO, or at least the President of the Disneyland Resort) would be in the old PeopleMover tunnel through Space Mountain — at least if I got to leave the stars on in Space Mountain all night.
Oh, but I think the winner, now that I think of Pirates in a not-sleeping-with-a-skeleton sort of way, I think maybe the bayou would be a better spot. There’s even a convenient cabin right in the middle of the water:
I didn’t realize you had so many blogs… good gosh, Kenny.
I know…pathetic, right? Definitely time to cut back a bit. Just not quite as far as I said in that post. The Disney Files is going to live on. Two blogs and one twitter account will be like a vacation compared to what I’ve been doing.
I should have asked myself for a raise long ago, but I knew what the answer was going to be.
Since I can’t get the photo reply to work, I’ll just post it here.