One Day At Disney: Thom Self

(2019) Disney+

The Story

Follow around Thom Self, a machinist at Disneyland. Self isn’t your ordinary machinist…he’s a scuba machinist. What does this mean? Only that Self has one of the coolest jobs at Disney!

Self is tasked with the maintenance of Disneyland’s under water animatronics and machinery. This means that Self and his team have to get geared up in full scuba gear and work on these machines at night when the park is closed and free of guests.

The District Decision

It took two episodes, but One Day At Disney delivered on exactly what I was expecting to get out of the shorts. Self’s story is the perfect illustration of a thankless job that Disney diehards would kill to have. Imagine, scuba diving in some of your favorite Disney attractions! Showcasing animators or executives is fun, but focusing in on jobs that you don’t see on YouTube or in other documentaries is what makes this series so unique!

Final Grade: The District Decision for One Day At Disney: Thom Self is that the film is Worth It/Niche with a final grade of B.

The District Decision Grading Scale: Skip It (not worth the watch), Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Background Noise (worth having on while doing other activities), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre).

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