I've been at WDW for eight days now and one thing I've noticed is the huge number of Chinese cast members in all the parks, resorts, etc.
My last visit was October 2007 and I don't remember seeing them then.
Anyone know what the story is behind the influx of these Chinese CMs?
They are all extremely nice, enthusiastic and well trained and seem to be an asset to the magic.
Yep they are ICP's. Lots are arriving to help during the summer. Many of them will go on to work at Hong Kong DL.
Hey DCaffey... Just a side question for you... How do you like living in Memphis?! Would you recommend it to a young couple for which the Husband would be going to college in that city? Are there any engineering companies or manufacturing places to work?! Sorry to hijack the thread
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There are lots of medical engineering companies but I don't really know much about that kind of work. FedEx is the largest employer and they always have some type of work available. Very little manufacturing, at least large scale, left in the area. Memphis is 'America's Distribution Center' so lots of that type work (Disney Stores for example) but don't think it pays a lot.
Lots of ICPs... as ICPs cost disney less than CPs and there is a HUGE response in Asian countries of teens/young adults wanting to do a Disney CP.
So you'll probably see more and more Asian ICPs.
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Tax break from china's most favored nation status would be my fast guess. Also, international training credits and if the business owners in panama City are to be believed, a portion of the total cost is underwritten by the federal government. Our tax dollars hard at work. We talked to one at ASMu, and I asked if whe was homesick, she said no, I asked when she went home from WDW she said she may not if she could get out of it. Interesting. Panama City is overrun with all sorts of imported people they bring in to work the summer season. Last year it was mostly eastern block folks, but finding an english speaker is a real challenge.
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I certainly hope not, but it would not surprise me. Disney is certainly getting their moneys worth from the College Program without a tax break. I pulled my CP'ers pay stub.
40 hours @ 6.67/hr. $266.80
Taxes & S.S. medicare - 35.80
College Book - 12.00
Rent (Apt. per week) - 71.00
Take home pay $147.50
On top of that most CP's must pay tuition & take classes from their home
college (to stay eligible for parents health insurance) for that semester.
We had to send money each week for him or he would not have had enough money to have any type of a social life and enjoyed WDW on a $l47.50 a week. My son was fortunate to work 40 hours a week. Disney only guarantee's 30 hours a week. This was the case with several of his 5 roommates during the slower weeks. But DS despite the poor pay and high rent had a blast. He would do it all over again.
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