Work at Walt Disney World

Can you imagine a more animated workplace than Walt Disney World & Disneyland? Disney refers to its staff as "'cast members", though not all of them are entertainers. Positions at Disney also include food servers, security guards, engineers, and makeup artists. Disney's community of cast members continues to grow and diversify as the Disney empire expands. By visiting the Disney job site frequently, you may find postings that interest you and fall within your qualifications.


General Procedures

  1. Log on to the Disney job search tool at
  2. If you only wish to view job search results located in the Orlando, Fla., Disney World parks, select "Orlando, FL" from the location drop down menus, and then enter the name of the park in which you hope to work in the keyword box.

Seasonal Jobs

  1. If you would like to get a seasonal job at Disney World, use the general job search function, and select "seasonal" from the job type menu.
  2. Specify the days and hours you cannot work in your application
  3. Be prepared to commit 150 hours per calendar year based on the Disney requirement of seasonal employees.

College Program

  1. Students currently enrolled in college can learn about and apply for the Walt Disney World College Program at College students residing outside the US can apply for the international college program at
  2. After submitting your application, you may be invited to a web-based interview, which takes about 45 minutes and gives you the results right away. Passing the web-based interview will lead to a phone interview.
  3. To prepare for the phone interview, search on line for information about the program, and have a friend pretend to be the phone interviewer to help you practice your phone interviewing skills.
  4. During the phone interview, if you don't know how to answer a question, ask the interviewer to clarify the question for you. This will buy you time to come up with the answer.
  5. Don't forget to thank the interviewer at the end of the phone conversation. Usually about three to four weeks after the phone interview, you will be notified of the final decision.

Becoming a Disney Character Performer

  1. Visit for the audition calendar to select an audition you will attend.
  2. To prepare for the audition, watch videos of the Disney character you would like to portray. Imitate his or her gestures and movement.
  3. Have a flattering headshot taken professionally because a current headshot is required. In the meantime, don't worry about getting a costume, which is unnecessary for the audition. The casting team actually advises against it.
  4. Wear comfortable casual clothes for the audition so you can move around easily.
  5. Arrive at least 15 minutes early with your headshot and resume.
  6. While waiting for your turn, take a deep breath. Relax. Tell yourself that the casting directors are only human and that there's no reason to feel intimidated.
  7. Enter the audition room with a confident smile on your face.
  8. Be courteous and friendly when speaking with the casting directors. Since the job entails interpersonal skills, it's important to show your charisma.

Building a Career at Disney World

  1. Work from the bottom up. According to Jeff Kober, the author of The Wonderful World of Customer Service at Disney, the company likes to hire from within.
  2. Get on the good side of your manager. Disney employee reviews reveal that pleasing the immediate supervisor is crucial for career growth there.
  3. Work on your networking skills. Make friends with as many other Disney employees as possible. Then they may tell you about advancement opportunities and give you referrals.


  • If you are going to a Disney job interview, dress conservatively. Follow all the guidelines of the so-called "Disney look":
  • If you live in the Orlando area, you may visit the Walt Disney World Casting Center in person, where you can review openings and submit job applications. The center is located on Disney property, near I-4 and the Downtown Disney district. Contact the Casting Center by calling 407-828-1000.
  • For entertainment, Disney recruits not only character performers but also vocalists and other types of performing artists. For details, visit

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