Confession- I don’t even really like Disney. Blush.
However, I have been lucky enough to have worked at Disneyland Paris twice- during the Christmas/ New Year season and also during the summer season. As I know that there are many people who may like to work at Disneyland Paris themselves, I thought that I would write a post on how I managed to get a job there. I worked as a waitress and in a kitchen (chic)- here’s how to do it!
Getting an interview:
If you’re interested in working at Disneyland Paris, your first port of call will be to apply online at the “Casting” website. They are currently recruiting now for summer if you are interested- http://disneylandparis-casting.com/en/news/disneyland-paris-s-recruiting-for-the-spring-summer-season. After submitting your application online, you may be invited to a recruitment day in your country- the Disneyland recruiters tend to hold one in most European countries. My interview took place in Wynns hotel in Dublin. It was an enjoyable day. We had two recruiters, and the first half of the morning was spent watching videos on the history of Disneyland Paris. Tip- they ask questions at the end and give prizes, so pay attention! 😉 It was a relatively simple interview. We were interviewed in pairs, and luckily my interviewer was also extremely nice. We were asked various questions in French- again these were relatively simple. They mainly consisted of talking about your previous work experience, your hobbies and your current university course if you are a student. Then, the agonising wait for the email to state if you were successful began. Luckily, a few days later I received an email informing me that I was now a member of the much coveted for “talent pool.” Unfortunately, this did not guarantee a job, as I unfortunately learnt. I wasn’t offered a job for that particular summer (the interview had taken place in Spring), but luckily, I was offered a job for the following Christmas season and the summer season that followed that. If you are in the same position that I was in, and find yourself swimming in the “talent pool” with no job offer I would advise emailing your interviewer and asking them personally if there are any job openings available- this has proved successful for some of my friends.
Receiving a job offer- what next?
Félicitations! Getting a job offer is certainly a seriously exciting time- I personally couldn’t wait to go. After you have accepted your job offer, you will receive a contract by post which you must fill in and return. You will also become a member of a handy website called “Before your landing,” designed to assist you with any questions you may have before starting your job. It’s really helpful and full of practical information, such as about the accommodation available and also the public transport. There is a slight bit of organisation required for your first day- you must go to an office in “Val D’Europe” (a small town near Disneyland) to receive your documents for work. You will then get taken by taxi to your accommodation- and let the fun begin!
If anyone is interested, I’m happy to write another post about my experiences working in Disneyland Paris- just let me know! 🙂