It’s no secret that the many theme parks under the Disney banner in the US and the rest of the world are a haven of opportunity for job-seekers. And they certainly encourage potential employees to sign up, because working at a Disney theme park can be perhaps the most labor-intensive and yet equally fulfilling job experience one can ever have.
Some former employees (called “cast members”) of various Disney theme parks have been asked about it, and they’ve since provided opinions on what they perceived as the best jobs one can land on the work force for Disney Parks and Resorts.
- Electrician – most of the time they only need fixing some simple electrical problems, never major; the only exception is assisting in the occasional attraction renovation, but that also gives a sense of accomplishment
- Museum staff – there’s a future-tech museum called Innoventions at EPCOT (and formerly Disneyland), full of nice gadget and scientific displays; as a primarily indoor job, employees here solemn have time to wander around the park, but it helps keep the mystique
- Lifeguard – primarily for the resorts and water parks at Walt Disney World; has one of the top base pay rates for Disney theme park cast members, and also gets a lot of respect from guests
- Outdoor vendor – for the benefits of guests too busy to sit down at a restaurant; vendors tend to get shifted to various locations around the park so they’re not stuck in one place (good in a different way from “museum staff” above)
- Club 33 staff – the series of mysterious private clubs at various Disney theme parks, where corporate sponsors, company VIPs, and lucky adult members can come in for a nice meal (and in Disneyland Park, a drink of liquor); food servers at Club 33’s often get epic customer tips on top of their sweet salaries
- Jungle Cruise “skipper” – the nominal captain and speaking host for guests on the Jungle Cruise rides (available in four Disney theme parks worldwide); best suited for comfortable conversational speakers
- “Red triangle” ride attendant – operators and aides at the rides and attractions with potential hazards for pregnant or health-problem guests, are sure to get paid more; but with great pay also comes great responsibility
- Character attendant – the uniformed guy who acts like an “agent” for the “Face characters” portraying the Disney film and animation stars; they arrange the meet-and-greets, answers questions and keeps the line of kids wanting to meet Buzz Lightyear (for instance) from becoming unruly
- Face character – the pinnacle of sorts in a Disney theme park cast member’s career; when you’re dressed and acting as a Disney character, you’re bound to be pseudo-worshipped by the children; best roles are (naturally) the Disney Princesses