Think you would like to be a Disney Cast Member?
Let’s see how you rate:
1. Do you own at least 6 Disney movies? Are some of your favorite Disney movies still on VHS tape?
Count how many classic animated Disney films are in your movie collection. Give yourself bonus points if you own the same Disney movie in multiple formats (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, or Digital).
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2. Can you easily name your favorite Disney character?
Quick – who’s your favorite Disney character? If you have to stop and think, you might not be a Disney fanatic. If you’re torn between two, you still get credit on this one. If you named a cartoon character that’s not actually a Disney character (i.e, SpongeBob), you lose a point, and if you can’t think of any Disney characters at all you should probably give up on your Disney dreams right now.
3. Do you love dress codes and wearing costumes?
If you’re already following the Disney Look dress code of neutral makeup, short nails, and a well-groomed appearance, a role at Disney might be perfect for you!
Do you look forward to dressing up in costumes every Halloween? Again, you might be CM material! 🙂
4. Do you know the difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and which is located in California and which is located in Florida?
This is not a trick question! Disneyland is in Anaheim, California and was built first (1955). Walt Disney World is in Orlando, Florida and opened many years later, in 1971.
5. Do you know the difference between Disney and Universal, and if they are owned by the same parent company?
Disney and Universal are the two biggest competitors in the theme park industry. These are two very different and very distinct entertainment companies. If you’re like the guest who’s looking for Harry Potter World at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you should probably brush up on your park knowledge before you fill out that Disney application.
6. Do you speak multiple languages?
If so, Epcot might be just the place for you! The more languages you can speak, the more valuable you’ll be at a Disney theme park. Cast Members regularly encounter guests from around the world and it’s an obvious bonus to Disney if you can communicate with them.
7. Do you love talking to strangers?
Some people just love talking to strangers. They’re fascinated by where people are from, what they do, and what they’re interested in. If this is you, you’ll make an excellent Cast Member. It’s not essential, but it will make every day much more fulfilling for you.
8. Do you think White Christmases are overrated?
If you’re not a Florida native, you need to be prepared for the unique climate of the sunshine state before you relocate to fulfill your dream of becoming a Cast Member at WDW. Forget about White Christmases and cold winter nights.
If you love balmy tropical environments, you’ll fit right in here. Consider how you feel about the heat of summer too. Some costumes don’t come with an option for shorts, so you have to wear pants outside in 95 degree + 90% humidity weather.
9. Are you OK with celebrating any holiday a few days late?
Cast Members almost always work weekends and holidays. In fact, most holidays are the busiest times of the year at Disney,so you won’t just be working eight hour shifts. Around Christmastime, you might find yourself scheduled for working 14-hour days and six-day work weeks around the holidays.
10. Do you already own a piece of the mouse?
Cast Members have a habit of amassing lots of unique little pieces of Disney memorabilia. From cast-off furniture that once saw duty in the resorts to rare Disney trading pins, Cast Members have lots of opportunities to find and snap up interesting Disney items. If you’ve already invested in a Mickey Mouse throw or a collection of princess figurines, you may have some Cast Member blood in your veins.
Bonus: Do you know what Disney Bounding is?
If you answered “yes” to 8 or more of these questions, then Disney just might be the place for you!
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale