Why won't WDW hire minors?Walt Disney World: I really want a job at WDW
From Tyler BellI want to work at Disney, but Disney is the only resort that won't let 16 or 17 year olds get a normal job instead of a charcter.
Posted March 4, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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From Anthony MurphyYou gotta be 18!
Posted March 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM
I think it has more to do with legal responsibilites like cash handling and emergency situations.
Thats just my guess. Good news for you that you have to wait one more year!
From Betty Rohrerfrom my season last year at a small local park, rules for under 18 had to be followed carefully or large fines would happen. rules about where and what could do, plus hours worked and breaks.
Posted March 4, 2011 at 8:16 PM
From James KoehlI don't know about Florida/California law, but at least in Ohio there are all kinds of limits to what a minor is legally allowed to do, what kind of machinery they can use, how long they can work, how often they must take breaks, etc. Disney probably figures that it is too much work to hire them and then work around all their limitations. Hang in there, Tyler, you'll be older than you ever expected to be before you know it!!!
Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM
From Joshua CounsilIf you're 17, you shouldn't want to work for Disney! You should be a rebellious, anti-authority, anti-corporate hell-raiser! Come on! This is your last chance to not conform. Soon, you'll be part of the system and working for the man!
Posted March 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM
From Hermione PotterAre you sure about that? My friend was a lifeguard at the Disney hotels when she was in high school and she was under 18...maybe it's just the specific job you were looking at? This was awhile ago though, so maybe they changed the rules since then.
Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:02 PM
I know in FL minors have to have a 30 minute break every 4 hours so that likely has something to do with it - it's easier to have one person to work 8-10 hour shifts with one break than it is to either give that person 2 breaks or have two minors.
From TH CreativeWhat are you talking about?! The Seven Dwarfs work there!
Posted March 7, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Oh you said "minors." I thought you meant "miners."
From Ryan SanfordGo to college and get an internship there :)
Posted March 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM
From Tyler BellI was a seasonal sales clerk at SeaWorld during christmas.
Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:18 AM
From Robert NilesWay back in the day, if you were 16 you could work foods, 17 for custodial and you had to be 18 to work operations (attractions). In foods, I believe you had to be 18, though, to work a register.
Posted March 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM
From April CUniversal hires tons of minors.
Posted March 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM
From Terri Piercehaha TH that actually made me LOL.
Posted March 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM
If it's anything like Georgia laws Bosses don't want to deal with the responsibility of hiring someone under 18 unless its a smaller business or someone notorious for treating minors well, I.E. Chick-fil-a, YMCA, Retailer stores, Publix. A lot of places won't hire you under 18 just for liability reasons. One small move such as 1 extra hour of work for someone under 18 causes a big to-do... and Disney has enough people attacking them.
It wouldnt look so good in the headlines-
"Disney disobeys child labor laws, underage and overworked"
From Carrie HoodWell many moons ago when I was 15 and started working at theme parks, the rules where not nearly as strict as they are now. We didn't have the half hour break crap to deal with, much less half of the rules on "What minors can and cannot do/work" as there are now. It changed about 98/99 and was a tremendous pain in our collective asses when it did. I worked for Seaworld nearly all of high school, when the laws changed just implementing them was a nightmare and trying to make sure they got followed was even worse. So I can only guess it was some point around then that Disney would have changed their rules regarding minors and working.
Posted March 9, 2011 at 5:29 AM
You could always try one of the other theme parks that do hire minors or simply wait the year until your 18.
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