One of the cool things about being a Disney employee is that you can pick up extra jobs all over the Walt Disney World company. For example, my roommate Betsy was put into merchandise and she was placed within Epcot. However, because of her training, she was able to work at other store locations all over Epcot, the ESPN Center, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and several parade shifts. My other roommate Katey worked within the hotel concierge at the Boardwalk Hotel and she too was able to work at several locations.
Although my training wasn’t as vast at Katey and Betsy, I still was able to pick up random jobs here and there. I really enjoyed working Mickey’s Jingle Jungle parade at Animal Kingdom. I didn’t feel quite the same about the A Dream Come True parade at Magic Kingdom, haha! (I will talk/vent about it in a later post). However, my FAVORITE random job was being a “Screaming Fan.”
What is a “screaming fan” you may ask? A “screaming fan” is exactly what it sounds like: a fan who screams for their idol. Basically, when Disney puts out these job postings, they just need cast members to stand around, yell, clap, and scream for a special guest(s). The goal is to make these guests feel extremely honored and loved. The best part about being a “screaming fan” is that you get paid to do nearly nothing.
Disney hires “screaming fans” for all sorts of special events. Mine in particular was an event at Hollywood Studios that celebrated cast members who had worked for the company 10 or more years. Even though it was confusing at first to navigate the back stage of a park I had never worked at before, and there was also so trouble that night catching a bus to get back home, it was so fun! I got to hang out with cast member who could have been Emma Stone’s twin (and she kept saying I looked “Just like Rapunzel!” Awww, thanks!) while we screamed our heads off and clapped until our hands went numb. The whole thing lasted about four or five hours and I made around $40. Not too shabby!
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