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Old 06-06-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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Question Jobs at Fort Wilderness or Disneyworld??

The husband and I (children, grandchildren, etc.) are TOTALLY addicted to Fort Wilderness - and have been for many, many years. We're nearing retirement and would like to move to the Orlando area, but if we move prior to age 62 - the husband and I would have to find some part time or full time work. Our DREAM JOB would be to work for Disney!!! Have any of you done that? Would you share your experiences and ideas??

Husband has been in the banking industry for 35+ years, and I'm secretarial - but I've driven school bus, etc. Both of us are slender, healthy and physically fit, so we're interested in just about anything that would allow us to move away from the cold Michigan winters. We'd love to hear about what you've done!!!

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Old 06-06-2010, 12:46 PM   #2
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The people camping next to us live at the Fort and work for Disney 6 months a year. When I was talking to them they have been doing it for years and love it and I think they said they get 50% off their camp site. So look into of that’s your dream.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:57 PM   #3
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Just Google Disney World Casting and go from there. Don't bank on any discount at the Fort, but you can have a lot of FUN!
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:20 PM   #4
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I did this in 2003. I was an Attractions CM at Epcot (Misison Space) and it was not for me. I think if I had selected a position in merchandising, I would have been happier. I was offered a job in Central Reservations due to my career before retirement, but I wanted something other than what I had done for 30 years. My DH applied for maintanence jobs, had the experience and credentials, but was never offered a job. We figured it was because he was over 50 - although Disney would NEVER say that. It appears to me that the higher paying jobs are awarded to people who have more of a chance of longevity with the company rather than to people who are nearing Soc. Sec. age.

I don't mean to discourage you, but Disney likes to scarf up the older folks to work in merchandising, on attractions, food vendors, etc. All the stuff that pays a few cents more than minimum wage. If you don't mind that, and don't need to make a substantial income - go for it. It can be a lot of fun and the perks are pretty worthwhile. Quite a few of my neighbors do this and they really enjoy interacting with guests and fellow CM's.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Cousin Ed C View Post
Don't bank on any discount at the Fort, but you can have a lot of FUN!
Cousin Ed C, CMs get 50% off at the Fort.

Next time you're at WDW, go to Central Casting. It's across the street from DTD. Just walking up the long inclined corridor between the legacy paintings of Walt and some of the Disney characters, up to the casting area will inspire you. It's everything you invisioned it should be. It's a pretty amazing place, pure Disney. I actually look forward to going there. It just says, I have to work here. It's like no other employment office you'll ever have gone to, even if you don't get hired.

If you do end up working at WDW, be prepared for a love/hate relationship. And as Des1954 wrote, it's not for everyone. They're the most aggravating company to work for, while also having the potential for being the most fun. That is if you have the right job. There are a lot of fun jobs and as just as many not so fun jobs. You said you drove a school bus. Bus driving is one of the good jobs. But it's one of the more intense positions. No matter how much experience you have, you start from the beginning and do it the Disney way.

The bottom line is that it depends on you. I've had a 15 year off and on relationship with Disney. I've used it as a hiatus from my real profession over that period of time. I've come and gone 6 times. They've always welcomed me back and given me a position that I've wanted. So give it a shot and see if it's for you.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:51 PM   #6
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I agree it can be a love/hate relationship. Both of my parents retired from their "real" jobs up North in the early 1990s when they were in their 50s. They both then worked for Disney for 10+ years until they reached retirement age. They worked merchandise and outdoor foods. Worked weekends, nights, holidays, etc. Worked for them since their kids were grown and out of the house. They didn't make a lot but they had their nest egg to rely on b4 they both received retirement bennies from WDW. They were also able to take advantage of resort discounts, free park passes, discounts on merchandise and of course the lovely Cast Holiday extravaganza - resort /mdse/food discounts and more.

I've worked for the mouse in several capacities - merchandise in Parks, Resort front desk as well as clerical. There are good and bad in all - just like in real life
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:05 AM   #7
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My husband applied for seasonal work in the beginnig of January he got an interview the following week and worked the rest of jan thru march. He works in Wide World of Sports during spring training. Hes in food service. We are also from Michigan and are moving down in July about 15 mins from Disney. He may go part time then not sure. You have to go to Disney jobs on line and fill out an app. He enjoys it but food service can get pretty busy.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by DisCamper View Post
The people camping next to us live at the Fort and work for Disney 6 months a year. When I was talking to them they have been doing it for years and love it and I think they said they get 50% off their camp site. So look into of that’s your dream.
I was a CP back in 1990 working merchandise at DAK. I had several follow cast member couples who were Seasonal and lived at the Fort. They working in merch, custodial, and main entrance.

Not sure how prevalent it is now, but I was surprised how many there were then. Plus, I remember thinking how cute all the couples were when I'd see them backstage.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:11 PM   #9
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The Orlando Sentinel's website has an ad for Disney jobs on its front page. I just bookmarked it. We're another Michigan couple who will be moving to FL in the next couple of years. We're buying a house in Mount Dora...quite a commute, but we plan to stay at the Fort as often as we can.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:36 PM   #10
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What about detailing RVs?

You could go to the Fort everyday with a pressure washer and run that thing all day, every day.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:21 PM   #11
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So, to any of you that were moving down...have you yet? How is it? Any updates would be great.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:56 PM   #12
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This is such an interesting topic!

Judy in Texas had just started a thread on this in the Camping Community Board--and it really got my attention.

I think the dream job at Disney would be undercover security. And then to also live at the Fort, how perfect would that be??

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Old 02-23-2011, 10:05 PM   #13
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This is our dream too! Glad to get some insight on it. I have herd that there are no discounts to live at the Fort any more though.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:52 PM   #14
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