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The Walt Disney Company

Photographer

June 2018 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

The job location and benefits, along with coworkers and the job itself

What I wish was different

Advice

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Entertainment performer

October 2017 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Auditions for any job or position can be really scary and nerve-wracking but I would encourage everyone to just try! You have to go for it and keep trying. Always be your best self and never let comparison stop you from having fun with it!
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Disney College Program

January - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Got to work and play at Disney World! I got hands on experience doing the thing I love most and got to make a little magic along the way as well.

What I wish was different

I wish I had taken the job offer and stayed longer!

Advice

Anyone who is looking for an internship or a little work experience this is definetly the best program out there for students.
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Disney College Program Intern

August 2017 - January 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

It was a lot of fun and a great way to get your foot in the door with the company. You can utilize career exploration seminars that are awesome and it helps you learn where you want to be in a company.

What I wish was different

I wish that I could have spent more time learning from people who work in my major.

Advice

Take advantage of every networking opportunity you never know who you will meet or who you can help or who can help you.
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Quick service food and beverage

January - May 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked working for this amazing company with driven people.

What I wish was different

I wish my role would have pertained to my major more.

Advice

Make friends and network and enjoy
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Recreation lifeguard

June 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The Safety aspect.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Deal with the sun!
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Cast Member

June - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I was a waitress, and I loved dressing up in a sailor costume, talking to children and pretending I worked on a ship, getting into the parks for free.

What I wish was different

I would not have minded a job at Disney that was less labor intensive.

Advice

It’s a great opportunity! I had a lot of free time to play at the parks. But I would do it only during the summer and not for longer.
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Cast Member

January - July 2017 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved getting to meet and talk to people from all over the world. It was fun to see them having a great family vacation, and I loved the freedom I had to make their days better with free ice cream coupons, Fastpasses, etc.

What I wish was different

The hours are very, very long and it is a lot of work. I mean 15 hour days and not a lot of sleep. I was so burnt-out and couldn't wait to leave by the end of my program. There is not much room for anything else besides work.

Advice

You have to really enjoy what you do or at least form a bond with the people you work with. The program is very intense and without some form of motivation, you will get very tired and it isn't hard to give up.
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Lifeguard/Merchandiser

August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I had great coworkers and coordinators!

What I wish was different

My role was a pretty challenging one!

Advice

Some days will be harder than others, but making magic for guests is so worth it!
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Merchandise Hostess

January 2016 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Experiencing the daily operations of a Fortune 500 company is a valuable experience. This is a great opportunity to build customer service skills and meet people from all over the world. I also enjoy having the flexibility to pick up shifts in many locations around the Walt Disney World property, becasue each is unique and offers different learning experiences.

What I wish was different

The pay isn't great, but the overtime opportunities and perks make up for it.

Advice

Working for Walt Disney World is not an easy job. It requires you to put in long hours, work in the heat, and deal with a lot of guest issues on a daily basis (with a smile on your face). But, if you love Disney, or want to work your way up in the company, this is a great stepping stone.
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Cook pastry

March 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The experience allowed me the opportunity to jumpstart my career and it gave me insight to what goes on in the day to day operations backstage at the Walt Disney World Resort.

What I wish was different

I don’t think I would change anything in my experience.

Advice

Be diligent. It’s hard work and there are days when it is absolutely grueling but this has been one of the best job experiences of my life.
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cast member

June 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Coworkers and making a magical experience for guests!

What I wish was different

The management not giving employees praise for working hard.

Advice

Work hard in all you do, even if it seems like no one is watching. The rewards will always pay off one day!
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College intern

August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

A great experience to meet new people and work for a very influential, successful business
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Disney College Program

April - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

An amazing experiencing working for such a large company. Plenty of networking opportunities and openings to grow within the company, if you so choose. Also a lot more fun than your typical internship, as playing in the parks and getting to know people from around the world is really what makes the program special.

What I wish was different

More consistent work schedules would have been nice, but needs fluctuate depending on the season.

Advice

It's important to use internships like this to have fun, but also to utilize all the networking opportunities available. There are so many people that will have meet and greets with you just to talk about their experience in the company and share advice on how to continue on and grow.
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Retail Salesperson

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed the postive attitude everyone who worked there have. It was a caring envirnoment where everyone was friendly and was willing to help.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was more of an option to work diffrent places such as stock.

Advice

I think this is a great job to break you out of your comfortzone and interact with people. You are able to talk to guest about the products that both of you might have good memories of.
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Merchandiser

June - July 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Everything!

What I wish was different

Advice

Take advantage of the benefits they give you!!
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Attractions Associate

June - August 2018 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

The management at the Disneyland Resort was amazing and valued their Cast Members a lot. I felt like the work I was doing for the company mattered and that the management cared about my growth as an employee.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Take in every moment - it's not every day that you get offered a job at The Walt Disney Company!
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Machine Learning Intern

May - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Lots of opportunities to see other areas of a single large company. Fun perks.

What I wish was different

My team could have been more prepared for an intern with work and materials.

Advice

Reach out to areas doing work you are most interested in.
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College Program Participant

January - August 2018 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

Making magic for guests was the best part about my job.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten a bit more hours at the start of my program.

Advice

Don’t go into the program expecting it to be a vacation. You will work, you will have rough days, it won’t always be magical even though it’s Disney. But the times it is magical make up for everything bad and more.
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Photopass Photographer

January - May 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Everyday that I went to work, a new adventure was waiting for me. I had the opportunity to meet and connect with people from all over the world, and had he opportunity to practice my Spanish skills in real life conversations (which was great since it’s my minor!) My coworkers were so knowledgeable and were always willing to help me. Additionally, as a photographer, I was able to greatly improve my photography skills. During my time there, I was awarded photo of the week twice, and one of my pictures won Photo of the Month at Animal kingdom, and is in the running for photo of the year! The atmosphere and working environment at WDW is pretty indescribable- I’ve never met so many people who sincerely loved their jobs- especially since the jobs require you to enhance other people’s lives as much as you can. My coworkers radiated joy and enthusiasm, which affected not only the guests at WDW, but me as well- making it easy for me to love my job too.

What I wish was different

I worked long hours, and averaged about 45-60 hours per week. My days off were Mondays and Tuesday’s, which made it harder to enjoy typical weekend activities.

Advice

Some people assume you have to be a Disney fanatic to want to work at the theme parks, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. To work at Disney, you need a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a desire to spread joy to others. If you don’t have these skills or if you want to improve them, working at Disney is a great opportunity. They’re number one in guest service for a reason, and their brand and legacy is iconic- making you stand out if you apply for positions with other companies. This is an incredible opportunity for personal development, and I highly enourage everyone I meet to apply.
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