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.
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.
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Haunted Mansion cast member
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!
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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…)
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!