Wednesday, January 02, 2013

It's Coming! Moving To Orlando/Working for Disney post series!

Awesome blog reader Lia messaged me last week asking for some advice about moving to Orlando to work for The Mouse. I've talked about doing a series of posts with tips for people who want to move to Orlando or work at Disney World for a while now, since it's something I definitely have experience in and get questions about pretty often. Plus, it's a move/major life change that SO many people make each year that I'm sure any extra info they can find would be helpful!

The new year seems like as good of a time as any to tackle a new series of posts, so I've started making an outline of things to talk about. So far, here are the ideas I've come up with:

*Overview of working for Disney (types of jobs, categories of cast members, etc.)
*Perks of being a Cast Member vs the Not So Great things
*Orlando apartment hunting tips (aka Where To Live To Not Get Stabbed)
*Working in the parks vs working at a resort
*Snazzy, cheap things to do around Orlando
*Info on visiting Casting and actually getting hired
*What to expect during training and your first few weeks on the job

I have an absurd amount of advice and info to share on all of this, I just need to take a little time to organize it in the most helpful way!

You know you want your closet to look like this. 

So here's where I'm asking for help from you guys! If this is a topic you're interested in, I would LOVE some feedback, questions and suggestions! What kind of info would you find useful or helpful? Are you more interested in what the heck you're supposed to wear to your interview, or how you're supposed to feed yourself on such a little paycheck? Ask your questions in the comments, or email me at Crystal (at)! I'll do my best to cover everything, and if there are questions that don't really fit into the categories I plan out, I'll throw in some Q&A posts, too. (If you want your question to be anonymous, that's totally ok- just let me know!) Feel free to ask about ANYTHING related to Orlando or Disney, from what kind of nail polish you can wear to work, to where to find the best enchiladas in town. If something comes up that I'm not totally sure about, I have a pretty rad group of local friends that I can crowdsource for opinions.

So let's go! What would you like to know?


swissdog said...

Great Idea, thanks. The wife and I plan to move down and try and work for WDW after i retire in about three years. Right now what I need is information. Aside from Disney Careers do you know if they have some information asset that doesn't require an actual job to submit a resume against. A cast member on Disboards recommended calling a Disney recruiter. What do you think?

Ellen's Cakes said...

I actually came over to Florida 3 summers ago and I really wanted a job at Disney but I didn't apply in time- now that I graduated last summer from uni I don't think I would be able to get a visa but otherwise I would totally want to work there!

I am totally interested in these kind of questions even just to imagine what it would be like working there =P

Mama to 4 said...

I live in Florida and I am a native Floridian. I have been to Disney countless times. How exciting it must be to work there! I wish it was more affordable for families - large families like ours so we could go. We looked into getting annual passes but after realizing the thousands of dollars it would cost we passed.

Jen Temcio said...

I look forward to reading your posts to hear about your adventures in everything. Finding an apartment will be a challenge...I suggest calling the local police departments and asking them about safe buildings. Here in our tiny area we have lots of apt buildings and 3 are Crime Ridden and the rest are great...yet they are all surrounded by each other - weird I know... so call the police to ask :)

Katie Hale said...

Totally cool that you worked for them! I have as yet not been to DisneyWorld or DisneyLand. Ugh. One of my goals in life!!!

Krystle Smith said...

Congrats on your new job. I can't wait to read more about it especially the perks!