Welcome to Walt Disney World!
Monday, Day 1: Check-in Day
You will receive your housing assignment and also set up payroll deduction for your weekly housing payments. You will also have your photo taken for your Housing Property ID. Smile!
It is extremely important that you are within Disney Look Guidelines in regards to hair, makeup, jewelry, and body modifications when you arrive so that you are not delayed with taking your photo. Please also be sure you are not wearing a sleeveless shirt. Your photo will be taken for your ID, so your shoulders must be covered.
You will be scheduled for a Housing Welcome Session. This mandatory meeting will be scheduled when you receive your housing assignment will take place either in the late afternoon/early evening of your arrival day, or the following day in the morning or early afternoon.
For the safety and security of all of our guests and cast members, all new cast members must undergo a criminal background check.
As part of the background-check process, it will be necessary for you to be fingerprinted. The fingerprints are then submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for further processing. On your application, you authorized this process and agreed to undergo a criminal background check prior to the start of your employment. This authorization also allows us to use this process to conduct a criminal background check on you at any time during your employment.
To ensure a safe and healthy environment for our guests and cast, we are committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of the influences of drugs. For specific roles, an offer of employment is conditional based on a satisfactory result of a drug test result for illegal substances. The company also has a policy of drug and alcohol testing on a random basis or under other circumstances during the course of employment.
Employment Eligibility Verification
You will need to have your employment eligibility documents with you so that we can verify your I-9 Work Authorization Form. These must be the originals. Photocopies of these documents will not be accepted. If you do not have the proper employment eligibility documents with you, you will not be able to begin working.
A representative from the work locations will give you information about your role and your training schedule.
Disney Traditions Schedule
You will receive the date and time of your Disney Traditions class. Disney Traditions is your company orientation class and your first day of work. It is a program that introduces each new generation of cast members to the culture and heritage of the world-famous Disney organization.
NOTE: If you do not have the proper employment eligibility documents with you, you will not be able to attend Disney Traditions or start your location training.
Lifeguard Swim Test
Lifeguards typically take their swim test the first day of check-in. Details will be distributed during the check-in process. During your swim test you will be tested on the following:
2 minute tread without the use of hands
Retrieving a 10 lb brick from deep water using a feet-first surface dive
Tuesday, Day 2: Unpack and Get Settled into Your Apartment
Housing Welcome Session Meeting
Program participants who did not attend the Housing Welcome Session on check-in day will attend a session.
Other than the welcome session, this is typically a free day for participants – it allows you time to unpack, meet your roommates, and go shopping for groceries or other apartment essentials. During larger arrival periods, there is often a social activity in the evening.
Wednesday, Day 3 or Day 4: Traditions Class
Attend Disney Traditions
Disney Traditions is the program that introduces each new generation of cast members to the culture and heritage of the world-famous Disney organization. With a focus on the past, present and future of Disney, Disney Traditions will help you recognize and appreciate the connections you have to the Disney story, the daily impact you can have on the quality of the Disney show and the role you can play in our company’s growth and success.
Professional attire will be required when you attend Disney Traditions class and Disney College Program Education courses.
Additional questions you may have regarding grooming guidelines are covered in the Disney Look section of this site. You will be required to meet these guidelines when you arrive, including the Disney Look guidelines for hairstyles.
Friday, Day 4, Day 5, & Day 6: Costuming, Training, Use Your Cast Member Pass for First Time!
Work Location Training
After you have completed your Disney Traditions class, you will begin your work location training (typically a few days of job shadowing). Some may begin this training immediately after their Disney Traditions class. Others may have a day or two between Disney Traditions and when their location training starts.
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