In the Summer of 2012, I spent the season working in Walt Disney World, Florida. It was one of the greatest summers of my life to date, and I would do it all over again in a heart beat. Today I’d like to share some information with you all about why working there is so damn great. Who knows, maybe I’ll even inspire you to work for Disney one day too!
Now without further ado…
The perks of working for Walt Disney:
You get free entrance to the parks on your days off
Yes, you read that bit right – Just swipe your Cast Member ID through the barrier and you’re in for a day of fun at whatever park you choose. Feel like a dip? Head to Typhoon Lagoon. Fancy some fireworks? Catch the Castle display at the Magic Kingdom. Need for speed? Visit Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It’s all yours to enjoy!
You get to live in Disney accommodation
For those that are doing 6 month placements from America, 3 month summer placements from Europe, or 1 year placements working in the pavilions in Epcot, Disney provides special accommodation for its’ Cast Members (Employees). The rent comes straight out of your pay check, and you share an apartment with 4-6 other people. There is security at the gates to keep you safe, and an ID card is provided to all who live there.
There is a free bus service to work
Buses are provided free of charge for Cast Members to travel to and from work with ease. It takes a little while to get there as it stops by all of the accommodation areas before making its’ way there, but at least it saves you money on petrol!
There is a pool provided on site
The best thing about the accommodation has to be the swimming pool. Complete with sun loungers, the pool is great to help you unwind after a long day at work.
They throw regular events on the accommodation grounds
Cast Members get to join in events such as pool parties, BBQs, giant bingos and other great activities. The beauty of it all? They are held right on your doorstep.
You get discounts on all of the food and drink
Especially great when you realise you can try things from all around the world (So to speak) in Epcots’ World Showcase. Try a tequila inside the Mexican pavilion, and as the day goes on make your way around to Italy; the pizza and pasta there is just to die for.
Last but not least – It looks great on your CV
I’ve not had a single interview since working for Disney where they’ve not been interested in hearing all about it; what it was like, what I saw, and quite often but not – how they can get their sons/daughters a job there too. It’s a great talking point and really helps to break the ice in an interview. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, Disney is one of the big names out there, and being a part of it makes you stand out from the crowd. Keep this bad boy on your CV!
So there you have it – the perks of working at Walt Disney World. These are just some of the joys that come from being a part of the Disney company. I’ve never known a company that looks after its’ employees so well. They are by far the best company I’ve worked for to date, no matter how short that time was. I would recommend Disney to anyone, and you would not be disappointed.
Let me know about your own experiences with Disney too – I’m a huge Disney fan and I’d love to hear all about it! I also recommend reading Las Vegas on a budget – What to see and where to go for the travel lovers out there. If you’re planning a trip to the states and have time for both Disney and somewhere else, I’d choose Viva Las Vegas any day! Take care lovelies 🙂