Wanna work at Disneyland? And make $3400 for one day's work? Here's your chance...2007-02-18
By Robert Niles: Disney sends a reminder that Monday night's the deadline to enter its Disney Dream "Job" contest. This is where you can win a day as an "honorary cast member" in selected jobs at Disneyland.
Available positions include Pirate, Princess-in-Waiting, Jungle Cruise Skipper, Haunted Mansion Butler or Maid, or a Parade Performer. To enter, you need to submit a video audition clip via the page linked above.
As a former Walt Disney World cast member (a Pirate of the Caribbean, among others, in fact!) I have to say that I find hilarious the concept of Disney running a contest where the prize is a day as a CM. After all, if you *really* want the gig, just head over to the Casting Center in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World or off Harbor Blvd. at Disneyland and they'll hook you up. And pay you, too!
Of course, the real prize here isn't a day on stage. It's the free trip to Disneyland. Here's what the five Grand Prize winners in each category get, according to the official rules:
Each Grand Prize is a trip for winner and up to three (3) guests to Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, California from June 9 to 12, 2007 consisting of round-trip coach-class air transportation for four (4) persons from the major commercial airport with regularly scheduled flights nearest winner’s permanent residence to a Southern California airport as chosen by Sponsor, four (4) days/three (3) nights hotel accommodations (one standard room, quad occupancy, room and tax only) at a hotel located near the Disneyland® Resort as designated by Sponsor, round-trip ground transportation between airport and hotel in California, four (4) Disneyland® Resort 4-Day Park Hopper® Tickets, one (1) Disney Gift Card valued at $250, one (1) “Where Dreams Come True” Welcome Basket, and the opportunity for the winner to perform the designated “Honorary Job” depicted in their entry; ARV: $3,400 each.
Yep, you gotta go on the specific days. But I am intrigued by the line that Disney has "the right to make recommendations concerning the procedures employed" in doing the dream jobs. Just 'recommendations'? Does this mean that the winners can use some, uh, alternate, non-SOP spiels? 'Cause I know a few... ;-)
Disney sends along a few clips their people have picked from those selected, so you know what you're up against:
The Jungle shift "prize" really tickles me, given how hard Magic Kingdom West CMs worked to get *out* of Jungle shifts. The fact that I worked 22 months in MK West Attractions without ever once pulling a shift in the Jungle amazed, and infuriated, many of my fellow CMs.
Of course, if Disney offered a shift for my old job driving rafts to Tom Sawyer Island, I would drop this sarcastic facade and enter in a moment. Now *that* was a dream job!
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