How to get a job at Walt Disney | Disneyland Jobs

For many people, working at Disneyland is a dream job. Working at Disney is the chance of a lifetime. You’ll get to use your talents, skills and knowledge while working with the most amazing characters in the world. Of course, it’s not all fun and games. There are plenty of challenges to go through, but we’re here to help. Take your career to the next level – learn the tools and techniques that Disney looks for in their employees, and how to apply these to your application process. You’ll be interviewing for jobs like a pro, and working for the Mouse in no time!

Discover where a career at Disney could take you. From Legal, to Production, Technology and Park Ride Operator, this is your opportunity to help create lifelong memories for families around the world.

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Learn About the Workplace at Disneyland

  • Make sure you’re old enough to work at Disneyland

Disney has work programs for high school seniors, but you have to be 18 to work most other jobs. If you want to work somewhere that serves alcohol, you’ll have to be 21 years or older. You will also need a Social Security number (SSN) card or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) so your employer can report your earnings on your W-2 form when it’s time to file taxes.

  • Check your work documentation

Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you. If you’re a US citizen, you’ll need to show your social security card. If you aren’t, don’t worry! Disney hires lots of foreign workers, and for some jobs they’ll even sponsor you.

  • Check your availability

If you’re not available to work all day, every day–including overnight shifts–then we’re probably not the place for you. But if you can be, there’s no better place than Disneyland to make your living.

  • Consider applying to lots of different jobs

With a constant need for workers, Disneyland is always hiring. Apply for whatever job you think will be fun or interesting to you–whether it’s in the janitorial department or as a ride operator. The more applications you have, the more likely you are to get hired.

  1. If you’re shy, consider working the night shift or backstage. “Backstage” means behind the scenes, away from the park guests.
  2. Jobs as characters or performers are in high demand, but don’t let that scare you!
  • Look at the personality requirements

Are you looking to work for the happiest place on earth? Disney employees work hard and have high standards for cleanliness and customer service. They need to be detail-oriented and act cheerful and enthusiastic all the time. Practice responding cheerfully to everything for a few days to get in the Disney mood.

  • Learn about the worker’s union

Full time Disneyland employees have the right to join a union and pay dues. If you do not want to pay dues, then you must apply for part-time jobs.

How to apply for Disneyland Jobs

  • Make sure you have all your application information

Before you begin the application process, make sure you have everything you need for your trip. Disneyland might reject your application if it’s missing information or does not contain enough information.

  • You’ll need your social security number or visa number.
  • If you’ve had other jobs, you’ll need to know when you worked there, the phone number and address, and the name of your supervisor.
  • Specialized jobs like engineers or artists might require a portfolio or school transcripts.
  • Audition jobs require a written resume and a professional head shot–make sure you have those!
  • Check the careers website

Are you looking for a job at Disneyland? Search the jobs page on the official Disney careers website. You can search for positions by location, as well as by categories such as management, maintenance and more.

  • Use broad keywords like food, customer service, or characters if you aren’t sure what you want to apply for. You can also just look at every available job in the area.
  • If you already know the official title of the job you want, search directly for it.
  • Check to see if you need to audition

Some of our jobs, like the ones in Show and Entertainment, require an audition first. If the job you want requires an audition, don’t apply through the website. You can check out Auditions & Castings for more info on how to register for a Disney audition!

  • Some auditions are walk-in. All you’ll need to do is show up to the audition!
  • Apply to your favorite positions.

Fill out the online application form. Make sure you fill in all the required information. If something doesn’t apply to you, type NA (for “not applicable”) in the field. Once you have filled in all required information and answered all questions, click “Submit” to send your application.

  • Some job applications include a 20-30 minute personality test. Answer this as honestly as possible.
  • Don’t send in an application for audition jobs! Go to the audition first. They’ll call you back for an interview.
  • Proofread your application before sending it

Check your application over one last time. Make sure everything is accurate and that you didn’t leave any information out. Have a friend or family member read it to make sure it sounds like you.

  • Save your application records

Don’t delete any emails you get from Disney! Keep your application login information and confirmation as well. You’ll need to know how to log back into the jobs portal if you’re asked to interview.

  • Check your email filters

As soon as you finish your application, check your email settings. Make sure that any email with a Disney address will go to your inbox instead of a spam or junk folder.

  • Wait for a callback

If you’re interested in getting a response from your application, keep yourself busy. If there are lots of applicants or if the perfect job for you isn’t available yet, it might take a while to hear back. You can also check the job website for updates on your application.

  • Reapply after six months

Disneyland will keep your application on file for six months. They’ll match it to any openings that fit your application. If you don’t hear from them after six months, you can reapply.


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