What Is It Like To Work At Disney? A Former Park Employee Just Revealed Tons Of Details In A Reddit AMA
I'm not exaggerating (much) when I say it is every American child's dream to work at a Disney theme park. Eventually, the day comes when every kid realizes that the chances of being whisked away by a woodland creature to fight for their rightful place on a far-off kingdom's throne are slim. When that epiphany finally happens, the best alternative is obviously to dress up as a Disney princess as often as possible, and adults can get paid to do it by working at a theme park. What could possibly be the downside?
As it turns out, even a cool job is still a job. Every position has its pros (like, say, dressing up as Ariel and spreading joy everywhere you go) and cons (sweating profusely under a heavy wig in 100 degree heat). But if you're still curious about what it's really like to be a Disney park employee, Reddit has got you covered.
On Saturday, a Reddit user claiming to be an ex-employee invited people to interview them on the Ask Me Anything community. As you can imagine, their fellow users leaped at the chance to learn about the experience. To be fair, the user (whose username is slightly NSFW) didn't provide any proof that they once worked for Disney, so you'll want to take their answers with a grain of salt. But for a fun glimpse into what life might be like behind the scenes of the most magical theme parks in the world, read on.
1. Free Admission
According to the Reddit user, working at the park earns you free admission year-round, but free tickets for friends and family require you to put in time. As they explained in a later comment, this is to keep people from working at the park long enough to take their family on a free vacation before they quit.
2. Dreams Really Do Come True
What kind of weird dreams came true? Inquiring minds would like to know.
3. Disney Could Employ A Large Town
According to Walt Disney World News, Disney employs more than 70,000 people in central Florida alone.
4. How Mascots Survive The Heat
If you've ever wondered how people in mascot-style costumes survive the California or Florida heat, here is your answer: lots and lots of breaks.
5. The Most Memorable Moment
If that's not the sweetest thing you've read today, you must be living a charmed life.
6. Food Safety Is Super Strict
Neurotic parkgoers, you can rest easily in the knowledge that your food is safe from disgruntled employees.
7. You're Always In Character
It isn't enough to just look the part. When performers are working, they have to be the character.
8. Famous People Make Appearances
Even celebrities are drawn to the most magical place in the world.
9. Underground Disney Exists
An underground network of tunnels allows employees to unobtrusively get around certain areas of the park. The more you know.
10. It Really Is The Happiest Place
There you have it, folks. Disney parks truly are the happiest places on Earth — and that's coming from someone who allegedly worked there, so you know it must be magical.