Where would you want to work at Disney?Walt Disney World: What's your dream theme park job?
From Mark FairleighReading Robert's book got me thinking about where'd I'd like to work at Disney if I were ever inclined to fake an extended smile for an interview. :)
Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:17 AM
So where would you want to be assigned? Personally, I'd love to work either the Haunted Mansion or Living with the Land...just love the vibe of The Land pavillion.
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From Andy MilioI'd like to be in Imagineering. If not, I'd like to work as a tour guide for Keys to the Kingdom or, like you said, the Haunted Mansion
Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM
From Alan HiscuttI have many places id like to work in Disney. First off, I always wanted to work at the original star tours ride. Orange jump suits? Hello?!?!
Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM
BUT that aside and not knwing what the new cast members uniforms look like I would have to say that Riding the Disney Transportation Trams seems like a lot of fun, potentially anyways.
From Jeff ElliottCEO's office.....yep....definitely the CEO's office.....
Posted July 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM
From Brent MoodyI have to agree with Alan that Disney transportation wheather it be monorail or buses would be pretty fun. I also thought the poeple that work in the Tower of Terror ride always looked like they were having lots of fun creeping people out so that could be fun also.
Posted July 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM
From James KoehlI've never worked as a waiter, but I think being a waiter at '50's Prime Time Diner or Sci-Fi Dine In would be a blast, at least for awhile. The actor in me would have a blast!
Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM
From Tim WAw man some good ones were taken. Def imagineering, CEO, and a waiter at 50s prime time for me.
Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM
If I had to choose one attraction, I would probably go with Buzz Lightyer's Space Ranger Spin.
From chris conaI would love to drive the monorails or be a greater when you walk into the park always telling people where everything is and always having a smile on my face.:)
Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:53 PM
From Joshua CounsilSince kindergarten, everything in my professional life has been aimed at the dream of Disney Imagineering. I'm currently finishing my master's degree in mechanical/aeronautical engineering and looking to enter industry. After I get sufficient experience, which seems to be a requirement for most Imagineering positions, I will be seeking theme park employment as an engineer/designer.
Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:26 PM
From Lauren HayhurstPARADE CO-ORDINATOR!!!! Designing the costumes, the floats, the dancing... Definitely something where I could work with the characters / actors. Maybe part of a technical team for a show - Lion King or Indiana Jones would be my favourite.
Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:40 AM
What a lovely escapist question....
From Kelly MuggletonI like to think when they saw me in the casting office they would be relieved they had found someone to play Belle..... hahaha more like Ursula!
Posted July 21, 2011 at 2:47 AM
I have read about a man (can't remember his name) who is in charge of the Disney Archives - that would be a great job.
From duncan hennyliving with the land good answer. there for me too or backlot tour or kilimanjaro safaris.
Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:01 AM
From Melissa FaulknerHaunted Mansion "host".
Posted July 21, 2011 at 6:27 AM
From Anthony O'NealHaunted Mansion guide or something where I could watch IllumiNations every night.
Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:34 PM
From Anthony MurphyKilimanjaro Safaris
Posted July 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM
Keys to the Kingdom
The Haunted Mansion
From Mark FairleighThanks, Lauren. I think about this kind of stuff a lot. :)
Posted July 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM
From TH CreativeWait
Posted July 24, 2011 at 3:47 AM
From Nick MarkhamI would, like many of you, like to be an Imagineer, but I wouldn't mind being a tour guide for any of the parks. If I had to operate a ride, almost all of the most popular attractions I would certainly love to do.
Posted July 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM
From Albino PygmyKeys to the Kingdom would be fun as they do take over a Jungle boat and the tour guide can slip in jokes that aren't approved in the script . . . or Universal Creative :)
Posted July 24, 2011 at 4:09 PM
From TH Creative"Hello thrill seekers and danger lovers! That's Stacy and Chet on the dock, they are you loaders, please follow their instructions and watch your step ... Let's be careful folks ... All the way around the engine up here next to the underachiever with the micorphone ... welcome, welcome, welcome ... And we are fully loaded ... Again Chet and Stacy got you all on board safe, let's show them a little love everyone ... very nice ... Well hello there ... and welcome aboard Walt Disney World's world famous Jungle River Navigation Company ... el-tee-dee ... My name is Tim and I am your skipper, guide and inevitably your Facebook friend who will be at the helm as you explore the planet's rivers of adventure ... and we ... are ... off."
Posted July 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM
From Albino Pygmy^likes this
Posted July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM
From TH CreativeOur journey begins on the MOST MYSTERIOUS river of our travels ... the mighty Amazon of that meanders its way through the country of Brazil ... in this dense part of the jungle there are no signs of human life. Probably because most of the folks from Brazil are in tour groups at Walt Disney World ... Coming up on the port side of the boat ... (pause) ... (points) that would be this side, sir ... that's beautiful Inspiration Falls ... Ya know this is the part of the Jungle Cruise where everyone always asks me ... in unison ... "why do they call it inspiration falls?" (Crew responds shouting: "why do they call it inspiration falls?") ... I have no idea ... Anyone with a SmartPhone want to tap Wikipedia and get back with us on that? Thanks.
Posted July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM
From TH CreativeWe now bid a fond farewell to the Amazon and enter the MOST MYSTERIOUS river of our travels ... the Congo, which weaves its way through the heart of the Dark Continent ... Danger lurks around every bend and ... right up here! In the tree right up here! ... That snake is more than 30 feet long ... I forget the species ... I know its name begins with a "p" ... (Audience member inevitablly shouts "python") ... No, "plastic" ... and while it may be bolted to those branches it's still pretty scary.
Posted July 26, 2011 at 5:38 AM
From Mark Fairleigh"Our journey begins on the MOST MYSTERIOUS river of our travels ... the mighty Amazon of that meanders its way through the country of Brazil ... in this dense part of the jungle there are no signs of human life. Probably because most of the folks from Brazil are in tour groups at Walt Disney World ..."
Posted July 26, 2011 at 5:50 AM
HAHA! Good one, TH! :D
From TH CreativeWe now float off the Congo and enter the MOST MYSTERIOUS river of our travels, the mighty Nile ... longest river on the planet ... along the water's edge you can see how plants like papyrus, porpascea, flomax and flowering lipitors are thriving ... also --- OH MY GOODNESS CREW TAKE A LOOK TOWARD THE BOW (that's the front part of the boat, sir) ... You are looking at the largest land-based mammal in the world the African bull elephant ... At one time herds of these bodacious quadropeds roamed the African grasslands by the thousands ... now they travel in pairs ... Hey Freda, speak (trumpet) ... enuciate (louder trumpet) ... she's such a diva!
Posted July 26, 2011 at 6:35 AM
From Manny Rodriguezi would like to work at mission space or haunted mansion
Posted July 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM
or my life time dream working at the imagineers creating new rides and attractions
From TH CreativeWell as we round this rocky bend we enter the expansive grassland region known as the African veldt … here we see an extraordinary collection of wildlife … many come down to the river for a peaceful drink … others come down for dinner … the scene up on the rocks illustrates the first law of the jungle “survival of the fittest” … and speaking of survival take a look at this up here … I think this is what they call a “native uprising” … okay, okay, here’s a question for you: How do you stop a rhino from charging? … (Inevitably a guest will call out: “Take away his credit cards.”) … um, no sir, rhinos are animals they do not carry credit cards, you have to shoot them.
Posted July 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM
From TH CreativeYa know all the scary stuff ain't limited to the authentically landscaped areas ... there are teeth in the river and they belong to them big bad crocodiles ... there's a couple right over there ... now does anyone know how the crocs are different from the gators? ... crocodiles have never won the SEC championship ... yeah, I'm sucking up to the locals ... ahead of us is beautiful Schweitzer Falls.
Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:09 AM
From TH CreativeWhen you consider I have a degree in musical theater you might wonder how I landed in the Jungle … (turns and acknowledges crashed airplane) … or not … But I’ll tell you, out here in the wild you get a different kind of education … My experience tells me those bubbles ahead will likely turn into big … brown … incredibly lifelike … hippos … Hang on everyone any of these animals could topple our boat … there’s a charge on the left (BANG!) … another on the right (BANG!) … Actually it’s a 38 caliber weapon … it couldn’t stop a gerbil.
Posted July 27, 2011 at 3:40 AM
From Ray SchroederI would like to be Mickey Mouse. That would be a blast.
Posted July 27, 2011 at 5:36 AM
Tower of Terror
Keys to the Kingdom
Lead a Segway tour
Greeter/Character on Main Street
From TH CreativeWe got by the hippos ... but something tells me we are not out of the woods yet ... probably all these trees ... And we are entering head hunter country so everyone needs get down ... that canoe full of skulls should be a warning to you folks ... it's important to floss regularly ... regardless the locals are restless, so everyone should be on their toes ... LOOK OUT! LOOK OUT! THEY ARE ATTACKING! THEY ARE ATTACKING! ... in slow motion ... well at least the war masks look good ... sort of.
Posted July 27, 2011 at 7:07 AM
From Albino Pygmy^ This is where I come in :)
Posted July 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM
From TH CreativeFrom a world of danger we enter the world of epic natural beauty ... ladies and gentlemen ... it's amazing ... its breathtaking ... it's stupendous ... it's THE BACK SIDE OF WATER!!!
Posted July 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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From TH CreativeWe now enter the MOST MYSTERIOUS river of our travels ... The Irrawaddy of Southeast Asia ... Directly ahead of us the ruins an an ancient Napaleese shrine ... from the looks of its design this temple dates back to the early 1970s ... ahead of us a dark tunnel ... I don't know what's on the other side, but since we're at Disney it's probably a gift shop ... (stops the boat) ... one thing I am sure of is that this tunnel is probably FILLED with poisonous snakes ... long ... black ... poisonous snakes ... Are you ready ladies? ... No guts no glory, we're going in!
Posted July 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM
From TH CreativeNow here's something you don't see every day ... unless you are me ... in which case you do see it EVERY DAY ... But look ... Awwwwwwwwwwwww ...The baby elephants ... Awwwwwww .... Loooooooooooooook ... The baby elephants .... Awwwwwwwwwwwww ....
Posted July 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM
From TH CreativeSo many close calls during this voyage … there was that big snake … the hippos and headhunters … my goodness … well I’m going to let you catch your breath … this spot seems peaceful … and I’m going to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of the plant life that thrives here in the jungle … Let’s see … okay … down there along the bank is your waterpaw visuvius … very typical … to the starboard side (looks at same guest … points) is the is a lovely example of tiberius piccard … always wanted some of that for the backyard, but I’m a botanist and not a magician … and up here I think … yes at the base of that tree … obviously that’s a semiviscus Bartholomew (which is common) but you never see it growing next to a group of random stuckeys … so that’s a real treat for you folks, don’t you think? … Don’t patronize me lady.
Posted July 28, 2011 at 4:28 AM
From TH CreativeWell look who we have here! It’s Trader Sam! Say “hi” Sam! (audience inevitably shouts “Hi Sam!”) … Actually I was asking Sam to say hello to you … now he’s startled and won’t speak … He actually can speak … he’s not broken … This is not like that Yeti situation over at Animal Kingdom.
Posted July 28, 2011 at 6:03 AM
Any way Sam is the HEAD salesman of the jungle … But lately business has been SHRINKING … So he has a deal today, two of his heads for one of yours … Any way you SLICE it … you come out … A HEAD … It’s easy to figure out which jokes were provided by Disney writers, isn’t it?
From TH CreativeAnd it looks like we have made back to civilian … so did have a good time on the cruise? … (Sustained applause) … thank you, thank you, thank you … Please exercise caution as you disembark … As for me I’m gonna go around again … and again … and again … that’s approximately 25 trips a day … 125 trips a week … 500 trips a month … which means every year I ride the Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise 6,000 times … (sigh) … stay in school kids … Good-bye everyone!
Posted July 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM
From Andy MilitoThat...was.......amazing :P
Posted July 28, 2011 at 8:29 AM
From Albino PygmyHow about stalling for time, got any filler material you'd like to share? Let's say we're stuck behind the rope boat, followed by Wanda that has to unload and load a passenger and you haven't even caught up to Chief Namee yet. . . and GO! :)
Posted July 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM
From Manny BarronI don't know why but I want to go on the Jungle Cruise.
Posted July 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM
From TH CreativeHow did I stall for time at unload? Like this:
Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:10 PM
"Now because we have a minute and you are in the presence of a Walt Disney World expert does anyone have any questions they'd like to ask about show times, inside information, etc.?"
If someone poses a question I respond: "Good question! Lets ask our expert." ... (I turn and hand the microphone to an unsuspecting guest) ... (Laughter ... Guest looks confused ... I take back the mic) ... "You told me you were an expert ... I am humiliated!"
Then I turn back to the crew, "No seriously, the answer is (blah, blah, blah). Any other questions?"
If I get no other questions I then say, "Fine! Then I have some questions for you ..." (I then start playing Walt Disney World trivia. I look for a small child) ... "Who is Mickey Mouses girlfriend?" ... The child will answer "Minnie" ... "Excellent job! You are very smart!" ... Then I'll pick an adult (usually a dad) ... "Now let's see if you are as smart as that sweet little child: Cinderella's Castle is a beautiful icon at the center of the Magic Kingdom ... the design and engineering of the lower southwest tower is derivitive of what 15th century German architect?" ... "Really?" ... "The three-year-old nails her answer and you sit there like Bambi staring at a Jeep Cherokee. Your family must be very proud sir."
From Annette HatchI would want to be a jungle boat capt. or my dream since I was little...Belle (or a villian). I always wanted to be in one of the shows or parades. My mother in law was Cinderella when she was younger for several years here in FL.
Posted July 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM
From Mark FairleighThanks, TH, "riding" the Jungle Cruise has been fun. :)
Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM
From TH CreativeYou're welcome! Watch your step as you disembark and have a great day in the Magic Kingdom!
Posted August 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM
From Jason JacksonDriving the Monorail!
Posted August 5, 2011 at 8:36 AM
From Bob LiebeHands down I would love to work on The Haunted Mansion! I'm pretty sure that my life would be complete if I could do that even for just one day. I would probably get fired though because I'd be walking through all of the scenes looking at all of the details and effects! After being fired from HM, I'd see about becoming a stunt man for Lights, Motors, Action! Nothing like going out with a bang!
Posted August 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM
From Robert WaldbauerI was lucky enough to work a summer at Disneyland back in the late 1960's, so getting behind the wheel of the Jungle Boat Cruise again would be my dream job. Hey, they still use one of my puns in the spiel!
Posted August 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM
From Amanda JenkinsI would love to either help design the floats for the parades or help with the decorating for the holidays.
Posted August 20, 2011 at 6:43 PM
Of course I would probably lose this job due to my continuous breaks for riding on TH's boat ;)
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