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Old 11-01-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Princess Pay

So I made a joke the other day at work that I was quitting to move to Disney World and become a princess. A coworker replied: "Does that...pay well?" And actually I have heard, somewhere, that the characters are some of the best paid cast members in the park. But when the coworker asked me how much...I had no idea really. But it did make me curious. Anyone know?

(Not that it's my business. I'm not really planning on auditioning. )
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I've heard they get paid not much more than min wage. Especially when they use CP kids.
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I've heard they get paid not much more than min wage. Especially when they use CP kids.
While the college kids are not paid well, they are only there for a brief period. This former princess made between $13.50 and $16.50 an hour in her tenure as a princess.

http://www.businessinsider.com/forme...lls-all-2013-4
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While the college kids are not paid well, they are only there for a brief period. This former princess made between $13.50 and $16.50 an hour in her tenure as a princess.

http://www.businessinsider.com/forme...lls-all-2013-4
That was a long time ago and in CA. I'd be interested in character pay currently at WDW.
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Princess Pay in Disney World starts around $12/hour for CPs, part/full time cast members may start at a different rate but it wouldn't be too far off from $12.
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CPs = character performers?

Also, my husband wondered whether there was some sort of character hierarchy to climb. Can you start with one character and climb the ladder to be Mickey? Does Mickey make more money? Or do they train to be one character and stick with it?
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CPs = character performers?

Also, my husband wondered whether there was some sort of character hierarchy to climb. Can you start with one character and climb the ladder to be Mickey? Does Mickey make more money? Or do they train to be one character and stick with it?
I don't believe you move up to Mickey. The character you get is based on the person... Ie. a big factor is the height. For instance, I know that Mickey must be under 5 ft. Tall to fit the costume. ..and vice versa...goofy must be a much taller person. Mickey might get more hours a day because of the lack of people who are under 5 ft. Tall...but that would be..I believe...the only instance they would receive more pay.
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Also, my husband wondered whether there was some sort of character hierarchy to climb. Can you start with one character and climb the ladder to be Mickey? Does Mickey make more money? Or do they train to be one character and stick with it?


Character hierarchy! The only way for anyone to "move up" to Mickey if they weren't there already, would be to shrink a few inches. You normally pretty much start being friends with Mickey (Meet and greets, etc.)! <- If you're of the 4'8" - 5'2" range!

Where you would move up and make more money is where your training and skill sets would make you eligible for bigger performances. A step up from this would be character performing in parades. Then in stage shows, then in big things like Fantasmic or "talking Mickey". Top-tier character performers would be the ones you see in official media!



(My older sister was friends with Mickey at Disneyland Paris!)
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Also, my husband wondered whether there was some sort of character hierarchy to climb. Can you start with one character and climb the ladder to be Mickey? Does Mickey make more money? Or do they train to be one character and stick with it?
CP is college program
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Character hierarchy! The only way for anyone to "move up" to Mickey if they weren't there already, would be to shrink a few inches. You normally pretty much start being friends with Mickey (Meet and greets, etc.)! <- If you're of the 4'8" - 5'2" range!

Where you would move up and make more money is where your training and skill sets would make you eligible for bigger performances. A step up from this would be character performing in parades. Then in stage shows, then in big things like Fantasmic or "talking Mickey". Top-tier character performers would be the ones you see in official media!

(My older sister was friends with Mickey at Disneyland Paris!)
I think the question was posed when we were at Tusker House and realized that a lot of the characters were around that height. Daisy, Minnie, Mickey, they are all pretty short. We also have noted the signature differences, and just wondered if you had to relearn those (and the movements, which are pretty definite) in an attempt to "move up".

I remember being at Chef Mickey's as a kid (probably 11 or 12) and seeing a very short girl go into the back with black tights on. And then a while later....Mickey came out. MICKEY IS A GIRL?! WHAAAAA? My 12-year-old mind was blown.
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Ah, thank you fellow Indy person.
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That was a long time ago and in CA. I'd be interested in character pay currently at WDW.
About .50 above minimum wage...

And to give you a hint... Florida is one of those "All-star" states with a lower state wage the federal (the federal applies except for a couple of exceptions)

Disney is a minimum wage operation by and large ( or pennies above it)...college program kids are paid less (or at least used to be) as an internship (they learn alot... But I'm not sure it's rightly labeled "academic")...and Disney received subsidies for those under part of the Clinton educational package.
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About .50 above minimum wage...

And to give you a hint... Florida is one of those "All-star" states with a lower state wage the federal (the federal applies except for a couple of exceptions)
I live and go to school in Florida and this is simply not the case. Federal minimum wage is $7.25 and for tipped workers it is $2.13. Florida minimum wage is $7.79 and for tipped workers it is $4.77. This is data straight from the federal government's websites, where on the map Florida is GREEN specifically BECAUSE our minimum wage is higher than the federal:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm
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My apologies...my info is out of
Date...it had been several years since I checked...

I made two errors:
Florida has had 3 increases in 3 years... So they have outpaced the fed.
And the White House has delayed increases to the minimum wage several times... Which means that the last increase was under champion of the people George w. bush.

So I'm glad you called me... I learned something that makes me Kinda sick. $7.25 and $7.79 are still pretty lame.
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Last I heard when attending an audition was $13 an hour.
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