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In the first part of this post you heard about the four high need roles, in this post you'll hear about four more roles: the high volume roles. Even though these aren't high need roles, they are roles that a lot or moderate amount of CPs are accepted for so you have a good or moderate chance of being accepted into these roles.
Attractions cast members are responsible for running attractions and parade audience control, you can also be placed as a park greeter who scans tickets and finger prints. Working attractions includes running the control panel, fastpass and standby merge points, loading people into rides, greeting at the front of the queue and scanning fastpasses, and more. You'll also likely have to spiel which can include reciting the rules or reciting a full script for the duration of the ride on attractions like The Great Movie Ride or Jungle Cruise. During your shift you will rotate between positions at the ride and possibly at other rides, attractions, or character meet and greets. You can also be asked to help with stroller parking and attending the fastpass kiosks.
Hours: My friends were usually scheduled 36-40 hours, 6-8 hour shifts, they also had very active facebook groups for trading, picking up, and giving away shifts.
Locations: Parks, Water Parks, and Disney Springs
Pros: This is a super fun job! The coworkers are usually cool, you're right in the middle of the action and a part of the heart and soul of the theme parks
Cons: You can only pick up shifts at your location, some of the tasks like running the control panel can become redundant, sometimes parents and guest can become hostile because of the wait time, height requirements, or when a ride goes down, hearing a que line rope fall to the ground will make you NUTTY!
Merchandising cast members work in the retail stores and food counters in the stores. They work a variety of positions including stocker, cashier, greeting, and merchantaining! Merchantaining is a great positions where you get to entertain guests with the merchandise! You'll also be able to pin trade and give out stickers. Merch cast members have lots of cool opportunities to make magic moments. Merchandise can work in stores and carts, and even helping with strollers, often shifts are split between these positions!
Hours: My friends were usually scheduled close to 40 hours, 8 hour shifts, they also had very active facebook groups for trading, picking up, and giving away shifts.
Locations: Parks, Water Parks, Resorts and Disney Springs
Pros: This is a super fun job! opportunities to make magic moments, getting to play with merch, fun coworkers, easy to pick up and trade shifts
Cons: Some locations require special training to pick up, you might have to work late hours, stocker shifts require spending a lot of time in stock rooms instead of with guests
Character performers are "friends with" their character(s) which means they get to perform those characters. (Please excuse me while I struggle with how to word this while maintaining character integrity.) Usually CPs are "friends with" fur characters, though sometimes they can be "friends with" face characters.
Locations: Parks and Resorts (at special events and character dining locations)
Pros: You're friends with a character truly making magic! You get good breaks, as much time on break as actually on stage, and they're paid breaks!
Cons: Guests can be verbally abusive to you sometimes or hurt you, it can be hard to communicate without talking, carrying around your costume is heavy and being inside of it while working outdoor can be hot and exhausting, explaining what you do while maintaining character integrity is hard
Character attendants manage interactions and queue lines for characters.
Hours: Most of my character attendant friends got tons of hours! Like 40-50 and it was always easy for them to pick up more shifts!
Locations: Parks mostly, sometimes they can work in resorts for special events and at character dining locaions as well
Pros: You get to work with the characters! It's a truly magical job
Cons: Guests can be verbally abusive to you and characters, you need to be able to make them stop harassing the characters, closing the line makes people very made at you, people will try to trip you up on character integrity.
Some of my best friends during my last program were recreation or "rec attendants." Rec attendants can do a variety of jobs: scanning magic bands at pool gates, monitoring water slides, boat rentals, working at the arcades, or working the front desks at the spas and fitness centers.
Locations: Resorts mostly but some are placed at the water parks to run attractions there
Pros: It tends to be a pretty chill job, it's easy to get to chat with guest or coworkers in this role
Cons: Since there's not a lot going on it can get boring, you're working in a resort or water park which is disappointing to a lot of people
Other questions you'd like answered about the roles? Ask below! Check out part one to learn more about the high need roles and check out the next part to learn more about the rest of the roles!
**Edited 10/6/2016 Attractions info was listed twice and no merch info was listed, although merch resources were correct. This was fixed.