But as magic as the place seems, the park isn't run on, er, magic. There's a lot of hard work that goes into keeping the place running smoothly. Disney employees make sure that the place is in tip top shape at all times. And in order to learn how to do so, they have to go through a rigorous fun training program.
Disney has a lot of secrets. And perhaps one of the best kept secrets is what exactly goes on during their training program. Let's take a peek behind the scenes and see what goes on during a Disney employee's first day.
Disney orientation isn't called orientation. It's called "Traditions." It sounds like it's some kind of fancy fraternity hazing, but it's not. It's mandatory (even if you've worked at Disney before), and unlike fraternity hazings, Traditions is fun.
"Traditions" isn't just called "Traditions" for the fun of it (although it is a pretty fun name). The training program carries a very dignified name because it's the time when Disney traditions are passed on to new employees. Many of the company's traditions were designed by Uncle Walt himself. Because knowing where you're going means knowing where you've came from.
When you're a Disney employee, one of the first things you learn is you cannot break character. Which means that nothing from the real world exists. iPhones? Nope. Instagram? Nope. You know nothing of this "outside world" of which visitors speak.
8. The First Day Of Work Involves A Scavenger Hunt
The first day of work for Disney employees is all fun and games - literally. Disney employees are taken on a scavenger hunt to learn about company history and to get familiarized with the lay of the land. Not a bad day at the office, huh?
Traditions also has a pop quiz, in the form of Disney trivia. Disney employees are tested on their knowledge of all things Disney. Because when you work at Disney, you're a representative of Disney. So you better know what kind of gadgets and gizmos aplenty that Ariel owns!
The Magic Kingdom is opened by four keys -safety, courtesy, show and efficiency. Disney employees learn about these four points that the park runs on while touring the park. So not only do you work at Disney, you get to visit Disney. Fun!
Does it seem like Disney employees are just hanging out all day having fun? Nope! Surprise! They've actually been learning. The scavenger hunts, the trivia games and the guided tours of Disney World have been team building exercises the whole time! It's kind of like when a mom hides vegetables in her kids food, but in like a corporate way.
It's no secret that Disney is connected by secret underground tunnels. And on your first day at Disney, you actually get to see those tunnels. The tunnels hold the staff cafeteria, the parade control room, and the costume department. Sorry, they do not hold Walt Disney's cryogenically frozen head.
13. Disney Employees Get Their IDs At The End Of The Day
One of the traditions of Traditions is getting your Disney ID. It's like an angel getting its wings, but better. Because the Disney ID card gets the employee into all of the parks for free dollars. And even better - Disney encourages employees to go as much as possible. Sweet!
14. Cast Members Explore Their Assignments After Traditions
You'd think that the day after Traditions, you'd want to spend the whole day in bed recovering from the magic. But there's actually more work to do. The employee will spend the next day further exploring their specific assignment more in depth. But Traditions is the launching point to it all.