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What job would you want? A Disney dream exercise out of the Ashley Eckstein playbook


I love being a middle school teacher, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that on certain humdrum, pre-dawn commutes, I refer to my Oswald the Lucky Rabbit coffee mug and wistfully pine for a job at Walt Disney World – trading in sleety, January mornings of unit plans and grammar lessons for palm trees and Mickey Mouse ears.

I’m sure I’m not unique.

And while I had a very concrete and practical “WDW Tip of the Week” all set up for you this fine Sunday morning, I shelved the piece due to a bit of inspiration.

Did you happen to catch Lou’s latest podcast episode, WDW Radio #523 – Ashley Eckstein Interview?  If you did, you were probably as enchanted as I was with Ms. Eckstein’s infectious optimism and ubiquitous message of “follow your dreams.”  Concerning the latter, Ms. Eckstein’s lesson is meant in a grand sense: whatever it is you want to accomplish, go for it! Be a “dream warrior!”  The thing is, I could not help getting swept away in Ms. Eckstein’s personal story of performing so many memorable roles at Walt Disney World, and so my mind sort of began to fixate on this question:

Dapper Dans on Main Street USAWhat would my dream job be at Walt Disney World?

Well, here is my Top 5:
1. Train conductor on the Walt Disney World Railroad
2.  Coffee server at the Belle Vue Lounge at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
3. A Dapper Dans singer
4. A Citizens of Holleywood Streetmosphere performer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
5. Ride operator for any of the rides in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Ahhhhhh. Yeah, those would be my dream jobs.  My morning coffee would taste so much sweeter if were I getting up each morning to do those jobs.

So, I guess my tip of the week for you all is to dream a bit.  Be, as Ashley Eckstein says, a dream warriorWalt Disney World style.

Take some time and fantasize about what you would want to do if you were a Walt Disney World Cast Member. Even if you love your current station in life, I bet the idea of earning a paycheck in pixie dust sounds just delightful.

And share your ideas below, won’t you?!


(Walt Disney photo copyright Disney.  Dapper Dans photo from the personal collection of Kendall Foreman.)


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