****WARNING!!! This blog contains a step-by-step account of Disney’s Traditions class, including some surprises and Magical Moments!****
The last step to becoming a Disney Cast Member is Disney Traditions training.
This is basically a job orientation class that teaches you everything about the Disney Company and all the great reasons you should be proud to be working here!
There are typically two sessions: a morning one at 8:30am and an afternoon one at 2:30pm. They’re sorted alphabetically by last name. Since Christian’s last name is Collins, he had to wake up at 7am to get on the bus at 7:30am to make it to class ontime. (You always need to allow a lot of extra time for Disney buses so that you are never late!)
It’s always obvious who is going to Traditions since everyone going is wearing nice clothing at the bus stop.
The best part about being at Disney University is the decor!
All the walls have massive, colorful Disney artwork with inspirational quotes.
Now, for those of you who have no idea what Disney’s Traditions Class is – it’s one of most amazing training experiences!
It’s required that every Disney Cast Member take this class. It’s not only full of Disney history, but also legal, HR, and Safety information. They explain what Disney Guest Services is including the Four Keys that cast members live and work by.
During the class, they go over the 4 Keys basics that are the basis of how to be an excellent Disney cast member. The 4 Keys are: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.
But, the key ingredient to the company’s success is above-and-beyond great guest service and the personal touch, aka “pixie dust”, that CMs provide to all guests.
During the training course, there are a lot of lectures, powerpoint presentations, and videos of Disney history, benefits, legal, and safety information.
They hold Traditions in a large training room with several tables set up.
To start off Traditions, two speakers, both Disney coordinators, do some Disney trivia questions. They don’t mess around with easy ones either!
Let’s see if you know the answers…
1. What was the first Disney broadway show?
2. What are Ursula’s sidekicks’ names?
3. When Disneyland was first built, which land was the largest?
4. Which two characters debuted in Steamboat Willie?
5. What attraction has been moved around 3 times?
6. What was the first show to come to Animal Kingdom, originally located in Camp Minnie Mickey, but has now been moved to Africa? Answer: The Festival of Lion King!
After the training session, everyone gets onto a bus for a quick trip to the Magic Kingdom.
The group is driven right to the entrance of the secret tunnels – the Utilidors – at Magic Kingdom. That’s always really cool to see!!!
They walked around Main Street USA and Fantasyland while wearing “whisper ears”, meaning they had earbuds in listening to the instructor as he lead them around. It’s pretty VIP. (That way none of the Park guests knew the group was there in training. The leader looks straight ahead as he walks and talks, not looking at the group trailing behind him.)
After they got back to the classroom at Disney University, Christian received his blue Disney company ID.
He was officially a Cast Member!
When they were wrapping up the training class, the presenters announced that a special guest was here to deliver some magic!
So exciting! Break out the Kleenex!!!!
Mickey was delivering Christian’s new Disney nametag to him!
Traditions is a great way to kick off your career at Disney!
Some final advice for DCPers: Bring snacks and a water bottle! You will be HUNGRY! Traditions went from 8:30am to 1pm, and you only get one 10 minute break! Definitely eat breakfast before you go and bring snacks to eat while you’re watching the presentations and riding on the bus.
And since you will be walking around outside in the Florida weather, you’ll need to stay hydrated and will get a chance to refill your water bottle.
Looking back: Our First Day as Disney Cast Members
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Have a magical day!