There are many days that I am tempted to do just that, quit my job and try to figure out a way to survive on a Disney income. I was a college programmer years ago, and it was an amazing experience. There are many ways that working for Disney provides experiences, perks and happiness that your day job could never match up to. Here are the 6 reasons why I think you should quit your job and work for Disney (and I’m tempted to join you):
6. You get a make people happy!
Who wouldn’t want to have a job where you get to interact with happy children and add to their happiness. Cast members get to meet people from all over the world and help them make their Disney vacation the best vacation that they have ever had. You get a lot of satisfaction about making guests smile and they may even ask to take a picture with you if you make a big impact on them, so they will remember you forever! When I was on my college program, I had a young boy visit on his birthday. I gave him a pin from my pin trading lanyard as a “birthday present”. A few months later he came back in the store, ran up to me and gave me a big hug and showed me that he still had the pin on his lanyard and it was one of his favorites. That was such an amazing experience that is made my year!
5. You get to play a little bit of Disney dress-up and not have to do the laundry.
Every cast member at Disney World has a perfectly themed costume for their role. The costumes are typically tailored to the park and location that the cast member works in so that you can identify them with the location and they become part of the theme and the environment. Even better, you don’t have to do the laundry for any of these costumes. You can drop them off after they are worn and check out a whole new batch of costumes. It was great to not have to think about what you were going to wear, and not have to do the laundry!
4. You avoid the office environment.
There are many days in my current office environment that I daydream of working at Disney again. The office decor is so boring and stale, and my co-workers in IT are usually more introverted and not as jovial as I prefer to be. They also seem to just look at me like I’m crazy if I happen to be humming or singing a Disney tune to myself (I guess maybe I am a little crazy!). As a Disney World employee, you get to avoid the office environment and be as excited and perky as you want. Singing Disney songs isn’t frowned upon and is welcome!
3. You get tons of discounts.
I sure do miss the discounts! I may need to do the math and see if I would save money by quitting my day job and working at Disney with discounts on all of the many, many purchases we make and trips we take! The discounts also extend to business and services outside of Disney, which is much appreciated by cast members. When you work for Disney, it’s not really for the money, but the extra perks and discounts help the cast members to enjoy Disney for themselves.
2. You get advanced screenings and a behind the scenes look at things.
Disney World cast members are invited to advanced screenings and test performances of parades, shows, rides, etc. So the cast members can experience things before anyone else does. The cast members also get special invites for major events like the Christmas parade taping and other events, which cast members wait anxiously for all year long! The cast members also get to see and experience the behind the scenes operations in how things are done, which many guests pay for through the Disney tours. These still don’t show you as much as cast members get to see.
1. You’re always surrounded by magic.
Imagine going to work every day and you are around upbeat music, a sea of happy faces, perfect theming everywhere you look. When I went to work each day as a college programmer, I couldn’t help but be smiling ear to ear by the time I walked onstage to interact with guests. I would be willing to be that I experienced far less stress and blood pressure spikes than I do in my current career. I would love to be surrounding by such a positive happy environment again and surrounded by everything that I have loved dearly for years. As a cast member you get to witness and experience numerous magical moments and play a role in them. There is a lot of satisfaction and joy to experience that money can’t buy.