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Everything I learned from working at Disneyland

Every day is a performance, no matter what your role in the park is

You are a cast member, not an employee!

Disney members can be your family for life 

Not saying you have to be there forever, but lots of people end up working for Disney for decades once they start at the park. It’s not your average summer job. It’s a life-changing experience and there’s no other workplace like it.

Oh, yeah:You get unlimited free park admission

And you get to bring your friends and family in the park for free too, up to 16 times a year as a part time employee. The only caveat is that certain times of years are blocked out—It’s usually no big deal though considering you’re probably going to be working the busy days.

There are so many opportunities to take advantage of

A lot of people don’t know this, but Disney offers AMAZING internships and an amazing college program for its employees. From entertainment to animation to writing to culinary arts, they have it all. Just ask!

They treat their cast members like the princes and princesses they are

From cute christmas gifts, free food for Walt’s birthday, certificates for good behavior, a party on your work-aversary, to great benefits and colleagues that take the time to understand you, I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive workplace.

The magic doesn’t go away

If you go into Disneyland indifferent, you may get sick of it. However, if you go into Disneyland head over heels, you will leave Disneyland the same way. Although I work stressful days and nights there, I can’t help but go back into the park on almost all of my days off. Disney keeps the magic alive for all of us and I’m so proud to call myself a cast member. Disneyland forever!

Maria Elena is a LA-based creative obsessed with video games, Peter Pan collars, autumn weather and hot Cheetos. Read more at her blog and Instagram @pinkchanelsuit.

[Image via Wikimedia Commons]

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