The essence of being a Disney Cast Member

You made it through another Monday! Did you have a great start to the week? I’m going to be very honest with you. I’ve had a case of the Mondays for the past week (ever since the minute I returned to New York from California and hanging out at Disneyland…you do the math). But aside from that, there’s been a lot of other stuff going on in my life that has been building up, and it’s been really difficult to tap into that version of me that I have to believe still exists. The version of me who used work at the happiest place on earth and skip around with different characters. Since we’ve still got a little bit of Monday left, I’m going to give you my Motivation Monday for the week. We’re going to quickly tap into the essence of what it is to be a Disney cast member.


Sure, there’s Disney University and different training sessions that you go through before working in the parks, but being a Disney cast member comes down to one important thing: Disney has to be the essence of who you are. They can’t teach you to be a happy person or how to handle every situation in a positive manner. But even if you already are that person who has a skip in your step, being a grownup makes it challenging to hang onto those things that you love most about yourself.

Here’s a couple quick ways to gain that Disney essence back.



I run around New York all day. Literally run. I’m always in a hurry. Anyone who stands in my way can quickly become an annoyance. Even when it’s something as simple as someone asking me for directions. I have to remind myself, ‘I can help this person. And it will make their day. And I’m in a hurry but I’m always in a hurry so me stopping for 2 seconds to assist them is ok.’ Just be kind to other people. Karma is a wonderful thing.



Oh, yes…the Disney smile. Aren’t cast members always the most cheerful people you’ve ever met? Next time you’re having an ‘off’ day, just smile. Find something to smile about. Switch your negative phrasing into a positive one. Get out of the house. Do something for you. Tap into the things that make you happy.

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