Walt Disney World® Resort operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Your role and work location will be identified in your arrival itinerary, which you will receive a week before your arrival. You will learn more specific location and training details during your arrival week. Based on labor and operational needs, your work location and role may change during your Program.
Your Work Schedule
All participants must have full work availability, which includes being able to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Days off vary by area and season. Details on how to request additional time off will be provided to you during training.
During your program, you may be scheduled for 30 - 50 hours per week during non-peak periods; during peak seasons you may be scheduled more than 50 hours per week.
If you are enrolled in one of the Disney Education courses or are registered in a distance-learning course, you will be scheduled for 30 - 45 hours per week during non-peak periods. During peak periods, you may be scheduled for more than 45 hours per week. Please note that Disney Education Courses do not meet during peak periods.
Peak Seasons are times when we expect unusually high attendance, such as Spring holiday season (the weeks surrounding the Easter Holiday), Summer months (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Week), Winter holiday season (Thanksgiving weekend, the weeks containing Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day).
The pay week spans Sunday through Saturday, with pay issued every Thursday, covering the hours worked the previous pay week.
Payroll Card or Direct Deposit
After you begin working, you will receive your weekly pay on either a payroll card or through direct deposit. The payroll card is a MasterCard-branded card that works just like a debit card and can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. You will also receive information on enrolling in direct deposit upon arriving for the Program. You will need your bank's routing number and your account number to set up direct deposit.
Bring Extra Cash
Due to our pay schedule, you may not receive your first check until 2 to 3 weeks after arrival and check-in.
You should bring money with you to cover your personal living expenses for your first few weeks. You will need money to purchase your food, the appropriate shoes for your work location's costume, etc. We suggest bringing between $300 and $400.
Disney Total Rewards Program
Below are some ideas on how you can truly maximize your experience while participating on the Program. Keep in mind, discounts and perks become available once you complete Disney Traditions on Day 4 or 5 after your arrival date. Disney Traditions is officially your first day of work.
Will I receive complimentary admission to the theme parks? Once you complete your Disney Traditions class, you will receive your company ID and officially become a Disney Cast Member! You can then start enjoying some pretty amazing opportunities, beginning with complimentary admission to our theme parks! (Block-out dates and other restrictions apply.)
You will also have the opportunity to earn complimentary One-Day Park Hopper® tickets throughout your Program so you can enjoy the theme parks with your family and friends! Once you work 150 hours, you’ll earn your first set of complimentary tickets.
Below are some links to learn more about complimentary tickets:
What are some of the discounts I’ll receive? As a Cast Member, you will also enjoy a large variety of discounts throughout your Program at various merchandise and dining locations throughout the resort. When you visit a Disney retail shop or restaurant, make sure to ask if they offer a cast discount!
Also, some other local businesses offer discounts for Cast Members. After you arrive, you will have access to information outlining locations and local businesses that offer these perks!
- Discounts at select Walt Disney World® and Disneyland Resort® hotels
- Disney Cruise Line® Discounts
- Exclusive sneak previews of new attractions, parks, and resorts
- Access to Mickey's Retreat, a cast recreation area
- Opportunities to participate in unique holiday celebrations
- Partners! Federal Credit Union membership
- Wellness programs
- On-site health fairs and seminars
- Life-management services
- Clubs, instructional programs, and sports leagues
- Educational opportunities
- E-Learning opportunities
- Disney Ethics, Integrity and Diversity Programs
Benefits vary by employment site and are subject to change at any time.