My Disneyland Paris blog posts are quite popular so I thought that I would do all of you budding cast members a favour and spill the interview secrets.
Indeed, people always act mesmerised when I tell them that I’ve worked in Disneyland Paris twice. I mean, a young girl from the countryside…working at DISNEYLAND? Surely she could just have worked at Tayto Park?
Shocked relatives aside, the interview process is quite simple- you can read up on how to apply here. If you’re lucky enough to be selected for an interview, you’ll be invited to a city centre destination for an interview when the DLP casting team roll into town.
My own interview took place in Wynns hotel in Dublin. I can still remember arriving approximately three hours early (remember- country girls must leave approximately 24 hours in advance for city visits due to general fear of getting lost and never seeing the light of day again, let alone Mickey Mouse) and nervously entering the room with no idea what awaited me. Unfortunately, there was no Disney characters welcoming me in- instead, a rather normal interviewing room with various fellow friendly interviewees to chat with.
The first part of the interview was really interesting. It was really laid back and involved getting to know our two French interviewers. In true Disney style, they enthusiastically delivered a presentation and video about life in Disney. They also give away small prizes for questions afterwards- so pay attention in class!
Afterwards, we had the actual interview. These took place in pairs, so generally consists of you grabbing whoever sat next to you and hoping for the best. Both of you will wait in line for your interview. Each interviewer will interview a pair, so there’s two interviews taking place at different times. Both of the interviewers are French but are fluent in English.
Most of the interview will be in French. The questions are typical “job interview” ones, asking about your work experience or your university course. You may also be asked why you chose to study French (if you study it) and how you practice your French. Be warned: if you mention that you watch films/ listen to music in French you will have to elaborate on this and mention the last film/ song you watched or listened to!
You may also be asked which role you would like to work in in Disneyland, but this is no guarantee that you will actually get this role. I maintain that working in “les boutiques” is probably the best option for Disneyland.
If you are successful in interview, you will reach the “talent pool” stage. You should hear if you reached the talent pool within ten days. Unfortunately, this doesn’t guarantee you a job. If you don’t get a job offer within six months, you will have to reapply. However, please let me know if you’re in the Talent Pool and don’t seem to be getting a job offer- I know a little trick that might help!
If you have any questions, please contact me!