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    How hard is it to get a job at Disney World?

    I'm planning on moving down there in a year. Just want to know what im in for.

    Thanks!


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    I think it depends on the type of job you are seeking.
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    As of right now, If you breathing you can work there. They are having job fairs every month. The problem is, it is hard to make it on disney starting salry in Orlando.
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    Ditto Lil Magic..... but I think the biggest stumbling blocks to people getting hired are 1) not passing background checks and 2) not willing to change something about themselves to conform to the Disney Look.

    When I went to Casting the first time, I was hired on the spot that day (well, *technically* was sent to an audition--character---, and when that bombed for me LOL was hired *that* day) That happens all the time.... however, not EVERYONE who walks through the doors at Casting walks out with a job. And, as someone said, the salaries at WDW make it hard to "live on". I am CR/PT, so I'm there for extra needed money, plus the BENEFITS are unbelievable. Of course, I could eeeeeasily go anywhere else and find a job making what I make at Disney, so obviously I'm at DISNEY because I love it.

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    I'm fulltime, and if you budget your money and take advantage of extra shifts and whatnotn, you CAN live off of Disney Starting Salary! It all depends on what you wanna do. I too walked out with a job right from casting.

    However, if you can make ends meet with your low starting wage, and if you REALLY love your job, the money doesn't matter that much to you. I personally love my job and would feel bad if they paid me more because a) its not that hard b) i'm basically having fun.

    It's easy to get a job, but again, its how much you wanna make, etc.

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    when its break time can you go on the rides?
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    This sounds like such a dream job!

    I am sooooo excited to audition when I'm 18
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    I cant wait to audition for the wdwcp. Anyone know how difficult that is to get into?
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    If you don't mind me asking, what is the starting salary for a CM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dznyfreak42 View Post
    when its break time can you go on the rides?
    Nope. You can't go in costume on a nything and also you don't have enough break time normally to GO on anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by ToddBreakey View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, what is the starting salary for a CM?
    Depends where you start, merchandise, attractions, entertainment, custodial, but all starting wages are between $7 and $9 an hour!
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    What are some of the benefits? And are the same benefits available to part-time employees? If you don't mind me asking? --Thanks!

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    I want to work at a disney park... i don't really care about the money i just feel like i could do the job good .... i want to be a mansion butler or a jungle cruise skipper or a tower of terror bell hopper or i want to work at the enchanted tiki room
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    benefits:
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    - and much much more!

    part time employees do have beneifts, some of them are less than fulltime though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicks10 View Post
    I cant wait to audition for the wdwcp. Anyone know how difficult that is to get into?
    I did the program in Fall of '04 and when I was applying it was done through recruiters visiting schools. Now it has changed a bit and I believe you can only apply online. Following your application they schedule a phone interview with you at a later date. My advice is to know a bit about the company, keep a smile while speaking on the phone and be straight up with them. My application in '04 was my second as I was not hired my first time, which was to my advantage. It is not an extremely difficult program to get into as long as you carry yourself well. If you act timid or throw answers out before giving yourself time to think it can hurt you. Don't be afraid to think about your answer phrasing in the interview, they seem to like that you take time to give the best that you can offer. You can go to www.wdwcollegeprogram.com and find a lot more answers than what I can give you. It is a great program that helped me build greatly on who I am now. You have to remember it is a job, but it's probably one of the funnest jobs you could ever have. You're not going there for the money, it's for the experience and you also make the program what you remember. I hope you get in and have a great experience, and I hope to hear of your becoming an WDWCP Alumnist.


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