Orlando, Florida is an incredible place to live. I know this first hand, my family and I relocated to the area several years ago and we love it here. I don’t work for Disney at the moment, but it is something that is always in the back of my mind as a possibility. Living in Central Florida isn’t for everyone, but if you can take the heat, humidity, and tourists it is worth considering if your situation allows.
One serious note about a lighthearted subject. Moving is not something that you should make a spur of the moment decision on. Yes, there are plenty of jobs at Walt Disney World, but many of them are part time and won’t pay all the bills. I’ve heard too many stories of people who have assumed that they’ll be able to walk into a salaried position, and give up everything without having something secure. Don’t make the same mistake. That said, here are ten reasons why you might want to relocate to Orlando and work at the Happiest Place on Earth.
10. You Believe in Magic
If you become a Walt Disney World Cast Member, you will be responsible for creating magic for countless people each day. If you believe that magic is real, even when you know how it works, you might be a good fit for Walt Disney World.
9. You Love to Eat Out
Food is a big part of most Disney vacations, but the restaurants are just as important to Cast Members. They all have their favorites. There are over 300 different places to eat at Walt Disney World, and if you work there you’ll be able to try as many as you want. Always ask if there is a Cast Member discount, you might be able to enjoy a fantastic meal for a lower price.
8. Bragging Rights
You have to admit that it will be pretty cool to tell people that you work for Walt Disney World. It doesn’t matter if you set off fireworks or you’re a member of the custodial staff, you will have what many people consider a dream job. The down side to bragging rights is that people will come out of the woodwork, expecting you to give them free tickets, so be careful who you tell.
7. Travel Without Leaving Home
If you want to see the world but don’t want to travel too much, working at Walt Disney World is a perfect solution. When you aren’t working you can visit Africa, Asia, or the World Showcase countries. You can meet other Cast Members from around the world, and you can learn about different cultures. You’ll be able to enjoy international cuisine, buy merchandise from several countries, and still make it to work on time the next day.
6. You’re a People Person
While there are plenty of behind the scenes jobs at Walt Disney World, most positions require you to work with the public, at least to some extent. You need to be a people person. It helps if you’re patient and a good listener. You will also need the ability to not roll your eyes when someone asks you what time the 3:00 parade is, because that will happen.
5. Florida Resident Discounts
You do not need to work for Disney in order to enjoy Florida Resident Discounts, and there are many. With a valid Florida ID you can purchase discounted tickets for other area theme parks, pay less at local attractions such as The Orlando Eye, and even get hotel rooms at a discount if you want. There are countless Florida Resident Discounts, so always make sure that you ask if you are visiting a local attraction.
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4. Numerous Different Jobs
What is it that you do now? Chances are there is a similar position at Walt Disney World. Feel like starting a new career? You can do that at Disney as well. Walt Disney World is the largest single site employer in the country, with well over 60,000 employees. That number will continue to grow with new lands on the way. There are also more than 3,000 job classifications. It takes a lot of people to create so much magic every day of the year!
Cast Members receive some pretty good benefits. Free tickets have already been mentioned. There are employee discounts at Disney owned stores and at some restaurants. There are events sponsored by the company that you’ll want to take part in. You will also want to visit Mickey’s Retreat, a fun swimming and sports complex for Cast Members and their guests. Those are just a few of the extra benefits that will be available if you become a Cast Member.
2. It’s Florida!
There is a reason why they call Florida paradise! You’ll enjoy mild winters and never have to shovel snow again. You can smell the flowers all year long. Palm trees are gorgeous and they are everywhere. Another nice thing about Florida is that you will never be bored. There is always something to do. If you don’t feel like hitting Disney on a day off you can easily drive to one of several beaches, go for a walk or a bike ride, shop at an outlet, take an airboat ride, visit the Kennedy Space Center, go ziplining, or look for manatees. There is so much to see and do in Florida that you may have a hard time figuring out what you want to do on your next day off.
1. You Love All Things Disney
The main reason you should consider relocating to Orlando and working at Walt Disney World is because you love all things Disney. You still cry when Belle and the Beast dance, no matter how many times you’ve seen the movie. You are sure that all the toys in your house spring to life the moment you leave the room. You listen to the Frozen soundtrack when there are no kids in the car with you. You proudly wear Winnie the Pooh slippers around your home. You eat Mickey shaped pasta off of Minnie plates at least once a week. You start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation before you have left home for the one that you are about to take. You see Hidden Mickeys everywhere. Your friends all ask you for advice when planning their trips, and they joke about how they expect you to move to Orlando “one of these days”. Maybe that day has arrived.