Tips and Tricks to Landing a Job at a Disney Theme Park

Have you ever pondered over the idea of being that cheerful Disney cast member who welcomes guests to Main Street U.S.A. with a Mickey hand and a warm smile? If you’re reading this Disney-loving site, I just bet you have!

View Down Main Street USA
View Down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom

And if you have, you’ve probably also wondered just what it takes to actually become a cast member. Surprisingly, it’s not as hard as it may seem. Although Disney has competitive programs like the Disney College Program, many locals and Disney-lovers alike are easily able to land a position with the company as long as they have the proper experience.

The hiring process is like that of many other theme park jobs. One can go online to jobs.disneycareers.com and can search through an assortment of open Disney positions. These can range from selling merchandise at a Disney Store to working in the theme parks. The website will even include opportunities to work on Disney’s corporate team.

Fix up Your Resume

First thing you need to do is to make sure that your resume uses Disney-friendly language — use words that are important to Disney customer service, such as courtesy, efficiency, safety, and show. These phrases will help your resume stand out when the system weeds out others before they are placed in a recruiter’s hand. Also, make sure that the professions on your resume are relevant to the position you are applying for.

Kilimanjaro Safari Cast Member ©Disney

Have a Strong Stance

If your resume makes a lasting impression on the company, which it will because you have these tips on your side, you will move on to a web-based interview. Here, through a series of questions, the company will test to see if you are a good fit for them. The questions range from situational to personal. Be sure to answer truthfully here, but always have a firm stance on the answers that you are giving. For example, strongly agree or disagree with something rather than remaining neutral. Having an opinion matters! This portion can be a little bit intimidating for some, but I promise if you take your time and focus on the magical experience Disney creates daily, you’ll do great.

Leave a Lasting Impression

Another tip, possibly the biggest I have, is to be prepared for your over-the-phone or in-person interview. The best way to do this is through research. There are so many videos online from previous interviewers, as well as recruiters, on how their interviews went and what is needed to leave a lasting impression. Check those and see what you can learn from them.

During an interview, the company often asks a series of personalized questions from, “Why are you a good fit for the company?” to “Which Disney character best describes you and why?” Having answers that are out of the box but that relate to the core values of the company are a MUST here.

Cast Member Name Tag

Have the Time of Your Life

After nailing the in-person or phone interview, you will wait to receive word on whether Disney is offering you a position. From here, you will attend your first Disney Traditions class, during which you will be gifted with a few magical surprises and will learn what really makes a cast member a cast member. You will then “earn your ears” after a few weeks of training. Finally, after all of that hard work, you will be granted the opportunity to make magic for guests daily. Isn’t that what you were hoping for? So be sure to make the most of it!

Walt Disney, right, and Disneyland Ambassador Julie Riehm listen as Blaine Gibson shows them a pirate’s head during a tour of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in 1965. [The Walt Disney Company]
Remember, as Walt always said, “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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One Reply to “Tips and Tricks to Landing a Job at a Disney Theme Park”

  1. So, I guess answering the “which Disney Character best describes you and why?” with “Donald Duck strongly describes me because I’m a grumpy old man who likes wearing funny hats, orange shoes, bright jackets and walking around without pants” is not going to get you the job. 🤣

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