It’s been more than a year since the Disneyland resort’s three hotels and two theme parks closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Shevlin can think of little else but resuming her old job at the Anaheim resort.
Her yearning is not just about the steady paycheck. “What I miss the most is the human contact,” said the 32-year Disneyland veteran, who lives alone with her cat. “I’m ready to put on my uniform.”
With Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park set to open Friday, Disney employees who have been rehired and those who are waiting to return to the House of Mouse say they’re eager to reunite with co-workers and will be relieved to be added back to the Disney payroll.
“My work is what always keeps me going,” said Saturnino Beltran, a 22-year Disneyland veteran, who recently returned to his job at the Disneyland Central Bakery, where the resort’s baked goods are made.
“I do think it is now safe for workers to return to the parks,” said Austin Lynch, a union organizer at Unite Here Local 11, which represents hotel and food service workers at the resort.
That’s not how Lynch and many Disney workers felt last June when Disney announced plans to reopen amid a rise in coronavirus cases.
California kept the parks closed until this spring.
Many returning workers say they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those who have already started to work at the parks say the staffers are taking the safety rules seriously.
More workers will be hired once state health guidelines allow the parks to increase attendance, Disney representatives say.
Would you be ready to go back to OR work at a large theme park?
I grew up with Disney. Every weekend during the summer I would see a different Disney Movie. I went to Disney World in 1974 I loved every moment of it. I love EPCOT center (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow). I know the Disney products I can sell anything I know!
Want to work at the happiest place on earth? Disney hosting 2 job fairs WESH Orlando The happiest place on earth is hiring. To prepare for the year ahead, Walt Disney World Resort is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time roles ...
I am tired of Ohio and have been thinking about moving to Florida and getting some warm weather in my bones. So I applied for a custodial job at Disney. I would love to work there, everyone always seems so happy. I know they treat their employees good too. It's just time to make a change.
I worked at the front desk at Disney's Saratoga Springs. Here are some things you need to know.
They have excellent benefits: good cheap health, dental, vision, 401k, passes into the park, discounts on Disney merch (up to 50% during the holidays)
Florida and California employees get paid to carpool, take the bus/train, walk
The interview process can sometimes take awhile, at least it did for me. I submitted my application in January, interviewed in February and wasn't hired till March.
Looks good on a resume. EVERY employer will ask you about your experience there, trust me.
Layoffs do happen
Disney offered some paid classes (management, skills-based) but I didn't get to take any but my buddies did and they said they were good
Raises are once a year and are based on performance like every other job. If you need one sooner you just need to wait.
Just like any place else if you work hard and show that you are a valued part of the Disney team you'll be fine.
Today’s prompt word for #Inktober is #flowing. I’ll admit that I struggled a bit with that prompt until I remembered the Scottish princess #Merida and her long, flowing, curly red hair from the #Disney #Pixar movie #Brave. I have a Merida doll that I purchased from the Disney Store a few years ago so I decided to use it as a model. I had laid the doll down flat on her back while I was gathering my pencil, eraser, and sketchbook and I noticed that the way that her hair was spread out looked pretty cool. So I shot a picture of the doll with my smartphone and I did my #drawing based on that photograph. #Inktober2018