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The Children Under the Stars – Part 3

When we left off, Clint’s coworker had told him an intteresting story about a young man named Albert that his daughter had met at Disney World. She had claimed that Albert had no parents, and that he actually live full-time on Disney World property. She had also mentioned that there were more children just like Albert, and they called themselves The Children Under The Stars.

After Clint had heard everything that Kevin had to say about his daughter’s tale of The Children Under The Stars, he desperately wanted to find out if there was any truth to this amazing story. Obviously, his urge was to excuse this as a child’s imagination, and it was just a coincidence that Kevin’s story went along with what Clint had seen in the parking lot that night. But then again, Clint knew that he saw something in those trees. Whether it was just a made up child’s story, his mind playing tricks on him, or there was actually some truth to all of it…he was going to do his best to find out.

The following day at work, Clint met with Kevin, his coworker, and told him that he was going to start doing some of his own research on The Children Under The Stars. Because they were both castmembers, they had access to many of the areas that regular guests could not get to. They decided that during their time off, they would search as much of the WDW property as they could to find clues. They would begin that night, by searching the wooded area of the parking lots where Clint had first seen a glimpse of someone in the trees.

After their shift that night at Hollywood Studios (then Disney/MGM Studios), around midnight, they grabbed a couple of flashlights and headed out for the patch of trees where Clint had his sighting. They examined the tree where Clint thought he had seen someone sitting in, but saw nothing out of the orginary. They began to search the surrounding area, and just as they were beginning to get dissapointed, Kevin saw something unusual as he shined his flashlight high in a tree.

Kevin called for Clint to come over, and he again pointed his flashlight up into the thickest part of a tall pine tree. They could see something about 25 feet up, reflecting the light from flashlight. Without much thought, Clint began climbing the tree. Surprisingly, Clint made it up to the spot where they had seen the object fairly quickly. The tree’s limbs were spaced just right for him to climb it quickly and easily.

As he reached the spot of interest, he called down to Kevin. “You’re not going to believe this one, buddy!”. He climbed back down, much slower than he had gone up. As he got close to the bottom of the tree, Kevin was anxiously awaiting to see what Clint had found in the tree. Finally, Clint made it to the bottom of the tree. “Well, what is it? What did you find?” Kevin asked excitedly.

Clint then produced what looked to be a small spy glass. It was actually one half of a small pair of binoculars. It looks as though someone had broken a pair of binoculars in half. It was the lens of the crudely made spy glass that reflected the light from the flashlight. They had been hanging by their strap on a small broken branch in the tree.

The two men stood there in the dark, amazed at what they had discovered. Could this be proof that there was someone in this area the night Clint saw something? Could it be that this spy glass is used on a regular basis by someone, or by a group of people…or children? Kevin began to circle the tree again, shining his light all over it to see if there was anything else that had missed. All of a sudden, Kevin said, “Clint, you should come check this out”. Clint walked to the other side of the tree, and there was Kevin shining his flashlight right at the tree, about 3 feet off the ground. There, carved into the tree, were the words The CUTS.

…To be continued.

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The Children Under the Stars – Part 2

If you haven’t already read Part 1…please go HERE and check it out.

When we left off, Clint was telling a coworker about his strange experience the previous night. The coworker seemed to have heard something about this before, and mentioned “The Children Under the Stars” as Clint finished explaining what he’d seen. When Clint questioned him about it, the coworker asked if they could meet somewhere private later that day for lunch. Clint agreed, and waited for his lunch break with anticipation…curious to find out what his fellow castmember knew.

Finally, lunch break arrived that day and Clint met up with Kevin, his Coworker. Kevin took Clint to a rather secluded spot in a far corner of the MGM Studios Backlot and made sure that nobody was within earshot of them. Then, he began to tell Clint what he knew about the strange figure Clint had seen the night before in the trees.

Kevin had a seven year-old daughter named Emma. He would often bring Emma to the Disney parks on his day off. They had been visiting the parks since Emma was born, and she was just about as familiar with every aspect of Disney World as Kevin was. Occasionally, Kevin would take Emma backstage on their park visits as he would stop in and say hello to castmembers he had worked with. Emma enjoyed exploring the areas backstage, and often called them “secret” spots because regular park guests were not allowed access to those areas.

About two years prior, when Emma was five years old, her and her father were on their way back home from a long day in the parks. As they normally did on these car rides back home, Kevin was asking her what her favorite ride was that day, what characters she enjoyed seeing, and what she wanted to do the next time they visited the parks. On this particular drive, when Kevin asked his daughter who she enjoyed seeing the most that day, expecting her to say one of the typical Disney characters, instead she replied, “Albert. I want to see Albert again!”. Puzzled, Kevin asked who Albert was, and Emma said, “Albert lives with Mickey and the other children.” “The other children?” Kevin asked. “Yes, the children under the stars” she replied.

Kevin was a bit confused by what Emma had said, but at the time he just assumed it was her great imagination. But still, he was curious to see how far she would take it, and continued to question her about Albert. Emma explained that she had been talking to Albert while they were standing in line to get their picture taken with Peter Pan, Emma’s favorite character at the time. Kevin remembered Emma talking to a young boy who was around nine years old who was waiting in line with his family. When Kevin asked Emma if Albert’s family lived with Mickey too, she asked “What family?”. Kevin said, “His Mommy and Daddy that were standing in line with him to see Peter Pan.” Emma then explained that those were not his mommy and daddy. “Albert said when he’s not in a secret area, he has to stay close to other kids’ mommies and daddies…so the bad guys don’t take him away.”

As Kevin told his story, Clint was amazed. What was this all about? He had to know more. As their lunch break drew to a close, Clint asked Kevin if he could meet with him soon to tell him more about what he knew. Kevin agreed, and they made plans to meet the following day.

To be continued…

The Children Under the Stars – Part 1

When I first moved to Orlando, I got a job at Disney. It was at Pleasure Island, which was an area of nightclubs in Downtown Disney. That job only lasted about six months, but I’ll never forget my manager there. His name was Clint, and he had worked at Disney World since its first day in 1971 when he was only 17 years old. Clint had some amazing stories about Disney, but they always seemed sincere and honest. That’s why I thought it was odd when he told me about The Children Under the Stars.

Clint’s stories were never very dramatic. We talked a lot about the history of rides and attractions. There were never any “tall tales” that I can remember. It wasn’t like grandpa telling ghost stories around a campfire. It was more like your uncle telling you about the time he arm wrestled Sylvester Stalone in a Tallahassee bar. But the story I’m about to tell you, was like no other story that Clint told. It’s an extraordinary story to say the least. I really haven’t told it to anyone until now. I haven’t really known many people that could appreciate a good Disney World story until now. So here it goes…

In 1998, Clint was an attractions manager in what was then Disney/MGM Studios. He often worked the late shift and typically didn’t leave the park until well after midnight. It was not unusual for Clint to see castmembers still working in the park whenever he left for the night. After all, employees are working round the clock to make sure everything meets the Disney standard. But one night he saw some activity that was certainly out of the ordinary while getting in his car.

This particular night was a cool March evening, around 12:30am. Clint got into his car, which was parked in one corner of the lot, close to a wooded area. At this time of night, things were very quiet and most of the cars had already gone, leaving Clint’s vehicle alone. As he started up his car and turned the headlights on, he made a u-turn toward the exit. As his headlights scanned across the line of trees at the edge of the parking lot, Clint caught a glimpse of something unusual in the lower branches of one tree. A figure sitting on a tree limb, feet dangling.

Being that it was dark, and Clint had already had a long day at work, he took a second to think about what he’d just seen. Was it his imagination? Just a tree limb shaped in an odd way, making him see things? He did another quick u-turn and pulled back around to where he had seen the silhouette. But, of course, nothing there. No sign of anyone or anything. On the drive home, Clint kept playing the scene over and over again in his mind, finally convincing himself that it was a figment of his imagination.

The next day at work, Clint mentioned his “sighting” to a fellow castmember. As he explained what happened, he expected the gentleman to laugh at the incident. But, instead the coworker listened intently, nodding slowly. Once Clint had finished recounting his experience, the other manager gazed eerily into Clint’s eyes, and with a slight grin on his face, whispered…”The Children Under the Stars”.

To Be Continued….

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