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We all know that Disney World and Disneyland are the happiest and most magical places on Earth, but if you’ve ever stepped foot inside Disney store, then you know the magic is alive and well there, too. And now, you can be a part of the magic from the other side: Disney store is looking to hire 1,500 part-time workers for the upcoming holiday season — and it’s the perfect side gig for stay-at-home parents and military spouses looking for a flexible way to earn extra cash around the holidays (which, let’s be honest, we could all use).
The part-time sales associate positions are available at Disney store locations throughout the country, and run from now until mid-January. Various duties include assisting guests as they shop, ringing up purchases, and of course, spreading that trademark Disney magic. The part-time gig starts at $10/hour depending on location, and requires availability for at least two weekday shifts, and some weekend hours.
Oh, and here’s the best part: All seasonal workers are also privy to a 20 percent discount on in-store merchandise (with a few exceptions). Yep; I knew you’d like that part.
Let’s be real, if you have kids under 10, then chances are you’re already well-acquainted with your local Disney store — and the fact that they want everything inside of it. Ours sits in the middle of our local mall, with enticing princess dresses and superhero costumes calling out to my kids from the window and an endless array of toys and gifts from their favorite movies at every turn. (The place basically stops short of sprinkling you with actual magical fairy dust as you enter its doors.) But imagine working there and getting deals on all the stuff your kids already want!
Disney is also a major supporter of American veterans and military spouses, with a strong commitment to finding them employment — which is why so many military spouses have taken advantage of the seasonal positions over the years.
Jessica White, a Disney store employee and military spouse living in San Diego, says that one of the reasons she’s loved the experience is that “the company as a whole will work with you in trying to help find placement when your spouse gets new orders.” And while that sure is convenient, that’s not the only thing she loves about it: “The company makes you feel like you’re part of the family regardless if you’re a military spouse or a civilian,” she adds.
Disney store employee Kristin Valenza, who is also a military spouse, describes a similar experience to Babble:
“I love working for a company that loves the military. I love coming into work and seeing all these military families around and relating to them when their husband or wife is deployed or when their child is having a hard time while one of their parents is deployed, and being able to make magic for them. I love that when my husband has a hard day at work he has a nice place to escape by heading to Disneyland and he instantly smiles and forgets all the stress.”
Disney store associate Ronette Yazzie agrees.
“I have an amazing manager that understands our military lifestyle,” she shares. “She always tries to work with us when the unexpected comes up (we all know how often that happens!). Disney overall isn’t a job to me, it’s a place I can have fun and let my inner child be free.”
(I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a job that let my inner child be free. This sounds like a dream.)
So, if you’re looking for some extra holiday cash, you might want to head over to the Disney Careers site and apply ASAP. You don’t have to be a member of a military family or a SAHM to apply, but if you are, just know that some definite perks lie ahead.
“To me, it’s not really working when it’s a job you enjoy,” Jessica White tells Babble.
And you can’t ask for much more than that.