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Most Common Employment Questions - Hourly

#41
Hey everyone. On Friday (October 4th) I auditioned for a character and look alike for Disneyworld. We learned a dance then there were cuts. We learned another dance.. There were more cuts. After that we had to sign some paper work. Next the video camera came out and we did an animation, then jumped right into the second dance we learned, then another animation, followed by the same dance. There were no more cuts. We finished auditions then they read off a list of people that they wanted to have stick around after. They took some more pictures of me. Is that for a face character? How long can I expect to wait before being contacted. I am general recruitment. Not CP. Any help and info is greatly appreciated. Thank you :)
 
#42
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Hi I know that this is really old but my boyfriend and I just got jobs as arcade attendants in the disney all star resort part time of course, and we were wondering if we get into the parks for free and what do we use to get into the parks?
 
#44
As a full time new cast member, I have some questions that the handbook doesn't cover. If I need an additional day off sometime, can I request unpaid days off? Does that affect full time status?

Also, I heard that you can bid for your schedule every six months. Does that apply to new cast members?

Last, are 2 days guaranteed to be scheduled off together every week?

THANKS!!!!
 

joanna71985

Well-Known Member
#45
As a full time new cast member, I have some questions that the handbook doesn't cover. If I need an additional day off sometime, can I request unpaid days off? Does that affect full time status?

Also, I heard that you can bid for your schedule every six months. Does that apply to new cast members?

Last, are 2 days guaranteed to be scheduled off together every week?

THANKS!!!!
Yes, you can request additional days off

Yes, as far as I'm aware, all FT CMs can bid

Yes
 
#47
If you worked for the Disney Store in the 90's is that an automatic in or are the computer systems not even connected anymore. I've had several jobs since then and I would not even have to put it on my resume because it is so long ago and not very relevant anymore (I was a kid, now I'm in my 40's!). It used to be an automatic thing, and I wasn't sure how often the files were "cleaned out" so to speak, wondering if that has changed at all.
 

dvitali

Active Member
#48
I like to work somewhere at Disney at a non-park role, there must be workers on the property that do not have to spend any time inside the parks. I thinking about those who work in warehouses shipping or receiving or company truck drivers, that bring products into the parks or take items out of the parks on a regular bases. Cannot image Disney allowing Coke to drive up to the back of MK and unload, but can see Disney having a warehouse on the property and deliver the coke bottles them self to the parks or to the resorts and keep fill those cooler and vending machines.
 
#49
Thanks for this information. My GF just got hired full time housekeeping at Old Key West Resort. She did her time at Disney U and today was the first day she was to be at the resort training. She has a bad tooth with an exposed nerve and woke up this morning in a massive amount of pain. Against my recommendation, she insisted on calling out. What are the potential consequences of this? I told her even if it's "allowed" it can cause some to call her work ethic and dedication in to question. She's a very hard worker and dedicated to Disney, but I fear that will not come through.
 
#51
I like to work somewhere at Disney at a non-park role, there must be workers on the property that do not have to spend any time inside the parks. I thinking about those who work in warehouses shipping or receiving or company truck drivers, that bring products into the parks or take items out of the parks on a regular bases. Cannot image Disney allowing Coke to drive up to the back of MK and unload, but can see Disney having a warehouse on the property and deliver the coke bottles them self to the parks or to the resorts and keep fill those cooler and vending machines.
Correct there are warehouses on property and truck drivers whom deliver products to locations all over. This is a strict role and not high turnover. I'd suggest you contact Casting and quest them directly, or apply for Disney Bus Driver and in the interview let them know of your other interests.
 
#53
Just a quick question that has been irking me. How does fast passes work for CMs and has it changed now with FP+
Previously, Cast Members inserted their magstripe Maingate card into a legacy FP machine and got the return time. Now CMs have RFID-enabled Maingate cards and can visit a FP+ kiosk in-park to get same-day return times. Linking Maingate cards to MM+ for MagicBands and FP+ pre-booking is not currently available, but may be a future function.
 

mkt

I Demand a Snackrifice
Premium Member
#55
What's the policy on CMs running unofficial Disney websites? My interests are specifically with Disneyland Paris, but I suppose any information is helpful.
Be careful, be anonymous if possible.

I was threatened with termination on at least one occasion for my posts here, but this was about 11 years ago, before Disney understood the internet.
 

TXDisney

Well-Known Member
#56
Always thought it'd be fun to work at Disney. My wife did her college internship at disney. The pay is just awful or else we'd consider going there to try and work. Plus I have a good government job with great benefits. But with how often we go and we live in Texas, it always seems like it'd be awesome to work there if somehow you could get a good paying job.
 
#57
Hello there! Is there a Forum specifically for landlords seeking Disney employees as tenants? I have a rental and it's close to the studio. Please let me know.

Most Common Employment Questions - Hourly


Lexicon of Abbreviations
Types of Employment

Hourly
Most cast members fall into the hourly category. This category includes all theme park employees, some technical and engineering staff, housekeeping, etc. Hourly casting is done via the job hotline or through the casting center across from Downtown Disney.

College Program
This is a subset of hourly employees. The college program is designed for college students to earn credit while working for disney in one of the WDWPR roles. Students are given housing and have to follow a set of predefined rules during their tenure. Typically most of these programs last six months, but can vary based on program selection.

Equity Talent/Performer
This category includes parade performers, singers, dancers, acrobats, comedians, face characters, and fur characters. These are auditioned positions that are usually done in the Animal Kingdom rehearsal facility. If you are selected, you are given a contract for a length of time to perform in a role.

Professional
This is a very broad category of salaried positions and can range from management to stage hands/AV technicians. These positions often require an advanced degree for consideration. You must submit your resume through the Disney Careers website and be offered an invitation to interview.

Internship
These are college targeted roles for specific professional positions. (See above.) The process is similar to professional positions.


Hourly Questions
  1. How much do hourly cast members make?
    This varies based on the role you are placed. Disney claims it is competitive for the positions. Typically, it is slightly above minimum wage. Right now, the common answer is hovering around $7.50 - $9.00.

    In an hourly role, you are subject to overtime and doubletime pay for working above 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, depending on your union.
  2. How do I apply for an hourly role?
    You can apply for an hourly role only by visiting the Casting Center, which is across from Downtown Disney. Disney also occasionally holds job fairs which are held throughout Florida and sometimes in other states. For information on casting, call the job line at 407-828-1000 to speak with a casting representative.
  3. If I'm offered an hourly position, do I get to choose where I work?
    Yes and no. The availability of roles changes almost constantly. You can select up to three preferred work locations and the casting agent will do their best to accomodate you. If none of your choices are available, you can choose to select a role they do have available or can opt into a waiting "pool".
  4. What should I wear to the interview?
    You should dress professionally to the interview. Looking clean provides a good first impression and with Disney, making a good first impression is crucial.
  5. What should I expect to do at the Casting Center?
    You will fill out interview paperwork and potentially interview the same day. When filling out your application for employment, be thorough and do not omit information. Also, be clear about past incidents that may show up on your public record. Read the instructions carefully. During your interview you may be called into a group interview or a one-on-one or a combination of both. Be prepared to answer questions about your personal experience with Disney. Also, they will ask situational based questions -- things like -- "Tell me a time when you had to work with a customer who was dissatisified." These questions reveal a lot about character.
  6. What happens after I am offered work?
    Typically more paperwork. You'll also have to schedule your class for Traditions. Every cast member, regardless of role, professional, hourly, etc. will take this class. In fact, you may be in the same class as someone who is working on the professional side. Once class is complete, you'll be meeting with an area coordinator who will schedule you for work and prep you for your on the job training.
  7. Do I have to wear a uniform?
    All cast members who work in the parks have specific costuming guidelines. This includes managers. While they aren't in specific costuming -- they are required to fit the Disney look.
  8. Can I work overtime?
    Yes, you can. If you are employed, you can use the Hub (Disney Intranet) to sign up for extra shifts, such as Parade-Audience Control.
  9. Can I work on a specific role in an Attraction?
    No, you cannot. You will be required to train on all the positions for an attraction or set of attractions based on your work location. You will then rotate through positions utilizing the Cast Deployment System. This will bump you through positions throughout your workday.
  10. Can I transfer to a new role?
    Yes, after six months of contiguous employment, you can then apply to transfer to a new role. Forum members suggest working with your manager for an easier transition.
  11. What are the benefits to being a Disney Cast Member?
    Your employee ID gets you access to the park almost any time you want. You also get a maingate pass which allows you to bring in friends and family on select dates (blackout dates apply) throughout the year. You also get merchandise discounts. These are listed benefits, they may provide other benefits such as discounts on the Magic Kingdom parties, etc.
  12. How old do I have to be to work for Walt Disney World?
    You can begin work at 16. Ages 16 - 17 are in a restricted class, such that you can not operate machinery or work past certain times. You're also limited to the number of hours you can work a week. Once you're 18, these restrictions no longer apply.
Contact Information

Walt Disney World Casting
http://www.disney.go.com/DisneyCareers/wdwcareers/hourly/
407-828-1000

Disney Professional Recruitment
http://www.disneycareers.com

Disney Auditions
http://corporate.disney.go.com/auditions/index.html
 
#59
Hi, I am 16 years old and a Junior in high school. Would I be able to work for disney in any way, even meaning if I went there for a summer and worked? Or am I too young?