Life right now in Vegas is the absolute drizzling [redacted], and I can't take any more of the low humidity and oppressive UVs. Yes, Anaheim has hot summers, but you guys are usually several points below the UV scale for us.
So, I'd like to apply at Disneyland sometime and move out there, but I don't know if it's really feasible.
1. What kind of candidates do they usually get, in terms of job experience? The resorts in Vegas seem to want you to have at least six months experience doing the same thing you'll be doing for them. Even bussing tables at a Starbucks will require six mo of bussing tables, preferably at a high-volume Starbucks. And since I don't know anyone who works at the hotels, getting taken seriously there is tough (I can get rejection letters in less than an hour after the interview.)
I know that Disneyland has all kinds of specialty jobs ranging from the suits in the back building to railroad workers. But what about the average Tom and Tammy?
2. Can I rely on transit and, if necessary, the occasional or something? I enjoy Not Driving. I am aware that there is nowhere in the southwest US that has a really always-reliable transit system. On average, I spend four hours(!) getting beween home and work every day, sometimes standing around in boiling desert heat. So, I guess what I'm saying is, the whole "ooh, OCTA isn't fun and sometimes a passenger smells a wet dog" thing doesn't scare me.
When I tried to apply to be a CM in the 90s, I was pretty much turned off at the gate because they had a No Car, No Job policy in place. Today the Casting department seems to be consolidated a bit with the folks in Florida (I know WDW has "better" mass transit connections for CMs), and I have read here that it is apparently illegal for them to not at least make some token steps toward accommodating transiteers.
3. What's an affordable, reasonably safe place to live near the area? Pretty much speaks for itself. I saw that there seemed to be places for rent right around the park, but for all I know about the region that might be where all the worst elements are.
On my last trip to DL a few months ago, I took the Metrolink for fun back to D/L from Union Station just to stare out the window and stare at the world going by. The station just before Anaheim, I think, was Fullerton. I kind of liked the "small town main road" thing going on around the station and from what I've read on the town's entries on Wikipedia and elsewhere, they built around the train station with that sort of as the focal point.
That appealed to my urbanist/livable streets gene, but I figure the people out there already know better.