I am seriously thinking of leaving my job (after securing a few months of finances) and getting a job at Disneyland. I'd hope to work my way up over time to a modest position (I don't plan on being a bigwig), but I figure I'd start at the beginning like anyone else running a ride, a gift shop, etc...and just make a career of it. I'll save my story and get to my questions:
I'm hoping some of you can help me - past or current cast members:
1. What are your experiences?
2. What's the good and the bad of working at the big D?
3. What's salary/hourly range?
4. What's the structure of possible advancement (ie are there still area managers for the lands?)
5. How much vacation do you get?
6. What other benefits are there - health? retirement? other goodies?
thanks to all the micechatters that have been so cool in responding to a few other rookie threads I've started!
For anyone still reading and curious - I work as a Hall Director at a university in SoCal. It's a roller coaster, but a cumbersome part of my job is dealing with serious emergencies - life/death situations. There's little room for advancement without taking on more headaches and the challenges of dealing with students and parents in their living environment.
In some ways, that should prepare me for complaining guests at D-land! But at least they leave at the end of the day! I also live on campus so I'm pretty much always at my job.
On the other hand, I've had a passion for Disney since I was young. You'd think I was lifelong SoCaler who grew up going to Disneyland, but I grew up in Ohio. In my high school yearbook I wrote that my ambition was "to someday work for the Disney company" (I'm intensely creative and thought I'd be an animator). But, I lived in Ohio and working for Disney never seemed too realistic.
Fast forward 10,12...hmm, a few years - I moved to SoCal b/c I wanted to be a surfer - my Disney fascination planted somewhere in the recess of my memory as a childish fascination. I lived here a year (in which I did become a surfer and do a lot of it) until I finally took my free passes I got while working at the Disney Store a dozen years ago and visited Disneyland. And I felt alive again. ha ha sorry to get all melodramatic.
Anyway, my dream is still alive to work for Disney but I am an artist/surfer and have no desire to don a suit and work in an office - I do enough of that now. But to work in Disneyland, hands on - that I might still be able to do. Plus, all I can think is someday my kids will say "my dad works at the university" or they could say "My Dad works at Disneyland!" Now how cool would that be? And I just think I'd be happy.
So, what is it? the good and the bad? I know some of it from working at the Disney Store...I still, to my dismay, know way too many lyrics to "Colors of the Wind" but I've got to think there's a unique difference to working at The Disney Store in Ohio and working at the real deal. Lay it on me - thanks to all you micechatters - you've been so cool in my previous few posts and threads!