Skip to comments.10 secret rules of working in Disney's Magic Kingdoms
Posted on 07/23/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT by C19fan
It may seem to some as something of a dream job - working alongside childhood heroes such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. But in order to get, and keep, a job as a character at a Disney park or resort, employees must abide by a number of strict rules, ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. For anyone thinking of trying to get a job at a Magic Kingdom, here is a rundown of some of the more idiosyncratic employee rules implemented by the bosses at Disney.
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Except in France, where courts have ruled that requiring their employees to bathe daily, use deodorant and dispense with facial hair was violating their human rights.
These rules look fine to me.
Disney has an exceptionally strong corporate culture. I worked for a similar organization culture wise. You have to adapt to it or you won’t make it.
I’m gonna ask Donald or Mickey something hard just to see ‘em make a phone call :-)
You don’t like rules? Go to the local carnival midway.
The rules look fine to me, too. D’land is a classy place, unlike many I could mention. People come there from around the world, bring their families, bring little kids. Offices have rules, too. The no-rules crowd needs to grow up.
Their kingdom, their rules.
My neighbor’s daughter is a princess at Disneyland in Toyko.
Do you have to be homo-friendly?
9. No tattoos or body piercings
They’re going to soon run out of eligible employees.
It’s this attention to detail that makes Disney Disney, and still a cut above other theme parks. It isn’t about having the biggest, newest, baddest ride, it’s the overall immersion and total customer experience that sets them as the gold standard.
Seriously, go to Orlando, spend a couple of days at Disney and then go to, say, Sea World. The latter is a nice place, lots to see and do, but from an atmosphere perspective, it feels almost amateurish in comparison.
Even when meeting people they’ve seen elsewhere they remain in character.
We noticed that at Universal Studios after going to Disney the previous day. Disney knows how to handle a crowd AND how to offer shade - a critical difference at the end of June. Several people fainted standing in line for the just-opened Harry Potter ride while we were there, just due to the heat and lack of shade.
Professional wrestler Mick Foley was commenting on staying in role in his autobiography (and he ought to know a thing or two about that) and he said the single most charming instance of that he’d ever run into was in a Disney parking garage when a costumed character happened to be walking by sans head and dived under a (parked) vehicle rather than be spotted that way by any of the kids. It appears he wasn’t exaggerating. BTT
I may well be the only person Mickey Mouse ever backed away from.
We came through the gates into the Magic Kingdom and Mickey ws there to greet us.
“Hi. Welcome to Disneyland.”
So I stuck out my hand and in my best Mickey voice I said, “Hi. Glad to be here.”
Next thing I knew, Mickey was walking backwards.
Last time I was there I was impressed with the number of handicapped individuals they employed.
All top notch organizations that are very PR consciousness have high appearance and performance standards. Elite military units and professional fire departments come to mind. To look and act any way in a manner less than professional is to bring disrepute to the organization.
Are they still having the homosexual days and the Muslim days?
I don’t know how many times I’ve had to debunk this...
So-called “gay days” are not sponsored or promoted by Disney. A group of private individuals put it together each year. They get group rates from Disney, to be sure, but so can any group that buys in large enough quantity.
To wit, there’s no reason there can’t be a “Free Republic” event at Disney, other than the fact that no one has put one together. We’d get the same group rates and consideration.
I stand debunked.
It is a credit to Disney for getting who I imagine are minimum wage employees to follow their high standards.
"What is the average wind speed of an unladen swallow?"
European or African swallow?
"What? I don't know that."
Anyway, I hated those trips. Always waiting in long lines in the hot sun to take a 90-second ride.
20 minute waits to purchase a $5 glass of lemonade. They say there is a bar there but it is hidden from view and only accessible by an elite group of people.
The only good part of those trips was the obligatory trip to Epcot Center. I would tell the kids to go have fun and meet me in six hours in Germany (at the world restaurants). Then I'd go from country to country imbibing an alcoholic beverage at each one. A margarita in Mexico. A scorpion bowl in China and so on. I'd end up in Germany nearly passed out and my wife or kids would usually find me there and lead me back to the hotel resort.
I don't like the rides there. Way too fast and all herky-jerky. The movie themed rides are pretty lame. They still had "Back to the Future" ride when I was last there and that movie came out something like 30 years ago.