Disney Dream Jobs

I was listening to the Por Favor Podcast earlier this evening, and the were talking about Disney dream jobs.  As I heard each of their answers, I thought about what my top five dream jobs would be at Walt Disney World.

Pyrotechnician

169    Really, think about it.  The person in charge of the fireworks each night?  How amazing of a job would that be?  Yes, it would be stressful working with explosives, on a program that thousands of people are going to see every night, but it would be worth it.  To be the person that loads and sets up the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth “inferno barge”… wow.

IllumiNations-_Reflections_of_Earth_Inferno_Barge_-_Daytime(image can be found here)

 

Haunted Mansion cast member

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    I’ve always loved that the cast members are a bit creepy.  They really help to put you in the right mood for the Haunted Mansion before you even step inside.  The deadpan humor is perfect for the attraction that follows, and who wouldn’t love saying things like “please move to the DEAD center of the room” while staring, unblinkingly, at tourists.  I’m also 6’10”, which would just help me seem a little scarier as I slowly pace back and forth, inviting guests into the Mansion.

 

VIP Tour Guide

    This is the one that I can come closest to already.  I don’t work for Disney, and I don’t get paid to give tours, but when I’m at Walt Disney World with my family, my nerdy knowledge can come out.  “Did you know that the carriage posts on Mainstreet USA are painted about 4 times a year?  Or that Pumba, from the Lion King, is the first Disney character to fart”?  (Yes, I tell different stories based on the people that I’m with)  Now if I could just get paid for my strange recollection of Disney stories and knowledge… I’d be pretty happy to get to wear a plaid vest!

 

Face Character

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(photo can be found here)

    Okay, so I’ve always wanted to be Belle.  Just kidding.  But the same movie… Gaston.  Yes, he’s a villain, yes, he’s obnoxious, rude, “positively primeval”, but he would be a great character role.  Imagine walking around New Fantasyland posing for pictures with people while sporting a huge grin, giant muscles (I’d maybe have to work on those a little bit), and clomping around in big boots.  I’m tall.  I’m rugged.  I’m handsome.  I could totally be Gaston.  (*okay, at least one of those descriptors is real…)

 

Imagineer

Joe
(please tell me you know who this is…)

    This is definitely the top job I could imagine at Walt Disney World.  To be able to think about, design, create, build, implement, etc. at WDW would be a difficult but incredibly rewarding job.  The variety of jobs Imagineer do is simply amazing, from huge projects: coming up with a new theme park, such as Animal Kingdom, to tiny details: put leaves, footprints, and other marks in the walkway to make it look old and worn.  They plan a park, and the rides inside it, and the ride vehicles, as well as designing the queue for the ride, and even traveling to far off places to buy actual ‘set pieces’ for those rides.  While there are obvious financial and physical constraints (as well as many others, I’m sure), to have a job that lets you use creativity to update or create new theme park attractions, hotels, restaurants, and many other things would be absolutely amazing.

(By the way, that picture is of Joe Rohde, lead Imagineer, and is from his Twitter account)

 

 

What do you think your top Disney dream jobs would be?  Leave a comment below!

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8 thoughts on “Disney Dream Jobs

  1. My absolute dream roles would be:

    Anyone in Dream Along with Mickey. Seriously, I love this show so much. I’d love to be friends with Snow White or Aurora but a dancer would be amazing too.

    Barista at one of the Starbucks locations – Putting my two loves together – Disney and Starbucks!

    Concierge Staff on the Disney Cruise – Not in the Parks but I think this would be a great job. To really spend time with a group of families for several days on end and really make their trip magical.

  2. Any job that allows me to make magic! I know it sounds cliche, but if I got to help make someone’s day/trip feel more magical it would make my day.

    I would like to train new hires in how to have that magical spirit. :-). How to do little silly things can make things more memorable.

    Our boat captains said to let them know if there was anything they could do to make our night more magical. We jokingly said serenade us. When we arrived at then WL dock, she sang “Can you feel the love tonight?” to us the whole way up the dock. MAGICAL & oh so sweet….

  3. I’d love to work as one of the cast members who gets to “launch” the vehicles for Space Mountain. I think that would be so much fun.

  4. I can’t even narrow down my dream jobs at Disney. Honestly I wouldn’t mind sweeping up the trash because it’d be Disney’s trash! One I am definite of is much like your Gaston one. I would love to be an evil stepsister! I would have to slim down for the role, but the “ugly” smiling faces they make for pictures I have down, as well as the yelling to the other sister!

  5. It may be in the wrong park, but your cousin-in-law Kat (my wife) has a cousin Brian that has your number one dream job. He is a Pyrotechnician for the Fantasmic show at Disneyland. What’s cool is that in addition to blowing stuff up for a living, he gets to work evening hours and every September his crew gets to help to set up Haunted Mansion Holiday.

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