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Retire & work at Disney!

My wife and I have talked for years about one of these days pulling up stakes and moving somewhere near Disney World.

I'd like to think about a retirement job there, just to hang with the vacationers and of course getting that Disney discount.

If you've thought about this, what type job would you like to do?

I'd love to work with helping people, maybe in the hotel check in service; but I'd probably be best suited where I could make announcements to a group. I'd love to do the kick off to American Adventure or something like that.

Any ideas on your end?

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MouseTraveler wrote:
My wife and I have talked for years about one of these days pulling up stakes and moving somewhere near Disney World.

I'd like to think about a retirement job there, just to hang with the vacationers and of course getting that Disney discount.

If you've thought about this, what type job would you like to do?

I'd love to work with helping people, maybe in the hotel check in service; but I'd probably be best suited where I could make announcements to a group. I'd love to do the kick off to American Adventure or something like that.

Any ideas on your end?

It's funny you mention American Adventure, because the first person who pops into my mind as doing that is a fellow, who's name I'm forgetting now, who was extremely nice who worked out front at American Adventure. I'm not positive he had retired and worked there for fun, but he sure seemed like the type.

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I've thought about this a lot, and I just can't decide if I'd want to be onstage or offstage. I took the Backstage Safari tour, and might have a lot of fun working with the animals. Also might like to be a tour guide or possibly part of the horticulture team!

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I think I'd want to be in charge of launching the fireworks or something else that doesn't require getting up early.

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Brad wrote:
I think I'd want to be in charge of launching the fireworks or something else that doesn't require getting up early.


That actually sounds great--both the fireworks launching and the not getting up early.

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Brad wrote:
I think I'd want to be in charge of launching the fireworks or something else that doesn't require getting up early.


Thats the kind of job I would have nightmares about. Not about danger, but about them either firing EARLY, or not firing at all!

Driving one of the smaller ferry boats around the lagoon wouldn't be a bad job.

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MouseTraveler wrote:
Brad wrote:
I think I'd want to be in charge of launching the fireworks or something else that doesn't require getting up early.

Thats the kind of job I would have nightmares about. Not about danger, but about them either firing EARLY, or not firing at all!



I think a lot of it is controlled by computers these days, right? Still, imagine if the final giant Wishes firework is somehow...absent...and it's your fault! sarcastic laugh

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I would guess that Disney has their own pyrotechnic employees, but it also wouldn't shock me if they contracted that out.

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MouseTraveler wrote:
Brad wrote:
I think I'd want to be in charge of launching the fireworks or something else that doesn't require getting up early.


Thats the kind of job I would have nightmares about. Not about danger, but about them either firing EARLY, or not firing at all!

Driving one of the smaller ferry boats around the lagoon wouldn't be a bad job.

I think driving the boats around is a really popular job with retirees or semi-retirees. I've met a lot of the Captains who did it because they needed a little extra income, but were more or less retired. They seem to like it from what I can tell.

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MouseTraveler wrote:
I would guess that Disney has their own pyrotechnic employees, but it also wouldn't shock me if they contracted that out.

Yes I believe that they do have there own pyrotechnicians that set up all the shows in advance. In addition they no longer rely on launching the shots with an explosive charge, but they are all launched by compressed air mortar tubes which gives them a much greater control over the height and the timing of the shells being ignited thus adding to the beauty and effects of the various shows. And they are all computer controlled as to what shot is fired when. It is a huge undertaking on a daily basis and if your are the least bit careless you could require an undertaker eek !! Those shells are VERY powerfull.
It is my dream job at Disney.

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Vettelover wrote:
MouseTraveler wrote:
I would guess that Disney has their own pyrotechnic employees, but it also wouldn't shock me if they contracted that out.

Yes I believe that they do have there own pyrotechnicians that set up all the shows in advance. In addition they no longer rely on launching the shots with an explosive charge, but they are all launched by compressed air mortar tubes which gives them a much greater control over the height and the timing of the shells being ignited thus adding to the beauty and effects of the various shows. And they are all computer controlled as to what shot is fired when. It is a huge undertaking on a daily basis and if your are the least bit careless you could require an undertaker eek !! Those shells are VERY powerfull.
It is my dream job at Disney.

Sounds like you have a LOT of knowledge on the subject.

I think they should have a behind the scenes tour about the fireworks. Nothing dangerous, just explaining how the shows are designed, created, and set-up. Lots of VERY interesting information to tell, I'm sure.

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Annie wrote:

I think they should have a behind the scenes tour about the fireworks. Nothing dangerous, just explaining how the shows are designed, created, and set-up. Lots of VERY interesting information to tell, I'm sure.

I'm almost certain when we took the behind the scenes tour ten years or so ago, there was something about the fireworks included. I don't remember it being a big part of the trip, but I think they might have shown us some of the launch platforms or something.

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Can I be the food tester?

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Just wanted to say hi; just joined the forum! My wife and I are looking forward to retiring and agree with you all that working at Disney World would be a lot of fun. I'd love to hear from anyone who is "retired" but also works at Disney. I know there has to be draw backs and not so pleasant aspects of working there, such as the heat, the crowds, and the monotony. My dream job would have to be working on the train or the monrail.

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Hi,Russ and welcome to WDWFG. Great group of people here and I think you will find that out. I am retired but still in NH because wifey still cannot retire for a few year, (I married a child bride what can I say) laugh I think we may think about it more seriously as the time gats closer and the NH winters get colder, but not yet mickey

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Russ wrote:
Just wanted to say hi; just joined the forum! My wife and I are looking forward to retiring and agree with you all that working at Disney World would be a lot of fun. I'd love to hear from anyone who is "retired" but also works at Disney. I know there has to be draw backs and not so pleasant aspects of working there, such as the heat, the crowds, and the monotony. My dream job would have to be working on the train or the monrail.

Welcome!!!! Hope you enjoy it here!

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Hey Russ! Welcome to the forums!

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Hi Russ! We're glad you're here! Look forward to hearing all of your good stories and tips.

Hmm....retirement job (might as well say something about a topic while I'm here.)...something in the air conditioning! I'll be a shop girl Smile

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I'd be the opposite and fancy working on a stall! That, or as people previously mentioned driving a boat sounds pretty good!

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This is so something I would think about doing. My rugged young good looks probably prevent me from being the Mayor of Main Street USA (who's laughing?? - I am guessing they would want someone who looks more...mayor-ee), so I would want to be a resort greeter, or work in one of the candy shops.

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Jeff, You working in a Disney Candy Shop could cause an upset in the Disney Corporation cash flow. laugh laugh

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Vettelover wrote:
Jeff, You working in a Disney Candy Shop could cause an upset in the Disney Corporation cash flow. laugh laugh

I'd be offended were it not sooo true laugh

I would subscribe to the "One for you, two for me" distribution method. Is that so bad? Well, ok, that is bad for Disney.....

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Welcome to WDWforGrownups!!!

I don't know if we have any retired cast members who are active on the board but we do have a few current and past CM's so hopefully they can help.

I think I would like to work on one of the shows..something fun where you don't have to deal with punks in the audience.

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