This Is What It’s Really Like To Work As A Disney Princess


Working as a Disney princess sounds like a
job straight out of a fairytale. But there’s a lot more to the position than
you would think. Here’s what some workers have revealed about
what it’s really like to play Disney royalty at a theme park. If you’re auditioning to become a Disney
Parks princess, you should know that you might have to start at the bottom before you make
it to the top. While the standard audition process for other
productions usually involves learning lines and mannerisms specific to one character,
your audition to play a Disney princess is actually your audition to play any of Disney’s
many beloved characters. In other words, even if you ace your audition,
you might not become royalty right away. As a former Disney princess explained in a
Reddit AMA, The overall process can be pretty brutal as
well. An anonymous woman who once portrayed Rapunzel
at Disney World spoke to Insider about her experience, revealing surprising details about
her audition process. The former Disney princess, who asked to be
called Brianna Smith, said, It’s probably not shocking to hear that women
have to look a certain way in order to become a Disney princess, but you may not have realized
that these women also have to be a specific height. In an interview with Insider, a former Disney
World Rapunzel revealed that one of the most important aspects of being a princess is uniform
height. To play a standard Disney princess, performers
need to be between 5’4″ and 5’7″. However, to play a pint-sized princess like
Tinkerbell, one has to be between 4’11” and 5’1″. Katie McBroom, who used to play Snow White
and Princess Leia, told BuzzFeed that the height requirement exists because actors at
Disney have to be able to fit into costumes that already exist. Basically, they don’t make a costume or uniform
specifically for each new actor. The Disney staff doesn’t do costume alterations
for each specific actor, so if your measurements aren’t exactly right, you’re not getting the
gig. Aside from height, your physical appearance
is extremely important when you’re a Disney princess. A Disney princess who goes by Becca told Refinery29
that Disney has a certain style that they expect their employees to follow. Some of the guidelines of this “Disney look”
prevent performers from coloring their hair any shade that doesn’t look natural and
insist on fingernails being neatly manicured and natural in shade. Becca revealed that management keeps an eye
on the princesses’ appearances and can tell them if they need to “fix” something. The former employee added, A Disney princess speaking anonymously told
Real Simple that they also have to watch how they look when they aren’t on the job, saying, All work and no play makes a perfect princess,
we guess. “Whatever.” Playing a Disney princess means attracting
a ton of attention from guests, and sometimes things can get really personal. Brianna Smith told Insider that during her
time playing Rapunzel, one woman told her that she had recently suffered a miscarriage. Disney princess Becca told Refinery29 that
she’s had similar experiences, saying she’s seen all sorts of guests throughout her time
in the parks. Other than overly excited kids, Becca revealed
that adults are often just as enthusiastic and even emotional, saying: There’s a lot of training that goes into
being a Disney princess, not unlike most other jobs. Often referred to as “princess school,” it’s
where Disney princess hopefuls go to learn everything about the character they’ll be
playing, including their background, how to apply their makeup, their official signature,
and their unique voice, personality, and quirks. “Oh! Hi, I’m Tinker Bell! But, all of my friends call me Tink.” Brianna Smith told Insider that you have to
know your assigned character “inside and out,” and revealed that she used to rewatch the
movies all the time to get a better idea of who her characters were. Smith explained: An anonymous princess who portrayed Belle
at a Disney Park told Cosmopolitan magazine that princesses have to smile for “an hour
straight” and can only drop those smiles when they are behind closed doors on a break, revealing: The former princess also said that her time
spent interacting with the guests was limited because princesses are told they have to greet
172 guests every hour. She explained that there were ramifications
if princesses failed to meet the magic number, and if a they racked up four strikes, they
could be fired. Former Disney princess Emily Cook Harris revealed
to Reader’s Digest that the job is not as easy as it seems, saying, For many, another grueling part of being a
princess was the constant improvisation that was involved. Katie McBroom told BuzzFeed, McBroom explained that a lot of people try
to get the princesses to break character by bringing up random things like Nintendo, which
characters like Snow White couldn’t possibly know about. McBroom revealed she’d simply respond by
saying things like, “Oh, I don’t know what you mean.” An anonymous princess echoed these sentiments
to Real Simple, saying, Of course, knowing the movies inside and out
is infinitely helpful in knowing exactly what the park-goers are talking about so you, err,
your character, can formulate the appropriate response. The guests who try and make the princesses
to break character are mostly harmless, but there are some who have ulterior motives. The princesses sometimes have to deal with
dudes who take it upon themselves to play the role of Prince Charming and flirt with
the actresses while they’re in character. “Do people assume all your problems got solved
because a big, strong man showed up?” “Yes, what is up with that?!” “She IS a princess!” An anonymous princess who played Belle told
Cosmopolitan that one uncomfortable part of her job was dealing with visitors who would
blatantly hit on her while she was in character, revealing: “Guys, I find that really distasteful.” While being a Disney princess may seem like
a great job, not every gig is regarded so highly. One position a lot of employees don’t want
is the role of a furry character, but most every princess has to don an uncomfortably
warm and cumbersome costume for a bit before moving on to the likes of Snow White and Cinderella. At Disney Parks, fur characters are any character
who wears a full face costume and doesn’t talk. One former princess told Insider that the
powers that be can make a performer play any fur character, saying, An anonymous princess told Cosmopolitan magazine
that playing a fur character is “exhausting,” saying, Despite the highly uncomfortable and even
dangerous circumstances, playing a fur character is reportedly a requirement. In Reddit thread, a former princess revealed
that performers aren’t allowed to train as a princess unless they’ve paid their dues
in fur training. Like any other job, Disney employees deal
with a certain social hierarchy, and unfortunately, the princesses don’t always have the best
reputation. Speaking to Insider, one Disney princess insinuated
that the princesses are the “queen bees” of the Disney employees. She explained there is an “unwritten social
hierarchy” behind the scenes, saying: “Oh look, you guys! I’m Rapunzel!” “I gotta say, that seems right. You’re adventurous, a little crazy, and way
too into your hair.” Another former princess revealed a similar
experience in a Reddit thread, saying that many of her co-workers perceived her as being
stuck up, something she insists couldn’t be farther from the truth. The anonymous actress wrote, Additionally, an anonymous princess shared
with Real Simple that she believes the princesses got a bad rap because others assumed they
thought themselves to be “really pretty” or wanted to be “real-life princesses.” Though, according to the actress herself,
that was never actually the case. Disney princesses are always on their toes,
and not just because of uncomfortable glass slippers. The performers portraying your favorite Disney
characters are expected to be able to play any other character at a moment’s notice. Emily Cook Harris told Reader’s Digest that
last minute schedule changes are far from unheard of, meaning a princess will often
have to take on an entirely new role. While they’re not technically princesses,
Harris revealed that she once had to go straight from playing Alice in Wonderland to jumping
in character for Wendy Darling from Peter Pan. The actress told Reader’s Digest: Similarly, the princesses have to make sure
they look and act exactly right so that they can completely mimic the other employees playing
the same exact princess in a different area of the park. For example, if two Snow Whites are wandering
around the park, they’re both expected to look the same, talk the same, and have the
same signature. Otherwise, you run the risk of really freaking
out some kids. Employees don’t just have to look exactly
like the Disney princesses they’re playing, they also have to sound like them. That means performers have to train rigorously
to nail the princesses cadences, catchphrases, mannerisms, and they often have to learn to
change their natural speaking voices entirely. An anonymous princess told Real Simple that
performers go through a ton of voice training with a dialect coach, explaining, A Disney employee told BuzzFeed that a Disney
character’s voice is typically higher than an employee’s actual voice. The anonymous worker revealed, Beauty is pain, and apparently the life of
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Abigail Disney not happy with workers’ conditions at theme park


INVOLVED, THERE’S A LOT OF SPECULATIVE ACTIVITY THAT IS JUMPY. NEIL: LET ME SWITCH GEARS TO DISNEY. ABIGAIL DISNEY, PART OF THE FOUNDING FAMILY, I GUESS SHE WENT UNDERCOVER AT DISNEYLAND TO SEE HOW WORKERS WERE BEING TREATED. NOT WELL, TO HER. IT’S A BAD REFLECTION ON THE COMPANY SHE SAYS DISPROPORTIONATELY PAYS ITS HONCHOS, INCLUDING BOB IGER, TOO MUCH.>>SHE REALLY BEAT UP ON BOB IGER. HE’S PAID MORE THAN $65 MILLION, MORE THAN 1,000 TIMES WHAT THE AVERAGE WORKER AT A THEME PARK, FOR EXAMPLE, IS GETTING PAID. ABIGAIL DISNEY IS REALLY SAYING THIS SHOULD BE ABOUT SORT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD CONDITIONS. WE ARE HEARING THE SAME KIND OF STORIES FROM WORKERS AT AMAZON AS WELL. THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT’S ONGOING. WE DO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY THIS IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO LIVE IN, YET THERE DEFINITELY COULD BE MORE THAT IS DONE WHEN IT COMES TO CORPORATIONS — NEIL: THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING $15.>>THEY ARE PAYING IT.>>THEY SAID THEY ARE PAYING THEIR WORKERS $15 AND THEY HAVE PROGRAMS WHERE PEOPLE CAN HAVE CONTINUING EDUCATION AND REALLY GET INVOLVED, YOU KNOW, MOVE TOWARDS, YOU KNOW, HAVE MULTIPLE PROMOTIONS TOWARDS UPPER MANAGEMENT. THINK ABOUT WHERE DISNEY’S STOCK IS NOW. UNDER IGER’S TENURE, IT’S GONE UP FIVE TIMES. NEIL: IT’S MADE ABIGAIL RICH.>>WAS THAT IGER OR THE MARKET?>>HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO HAVE ALL THAT CONTENT ON, YOU KNOW, NETFLIX AND HULU. HE DID A STRATEGIC DEAL WITH LUCAS FILMS, A STRATEGIC DEAL WITH FOX, WHICH IS THIS NETWORK, OWNED BY THIS NETWORK.

Industrial Engineering at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts



what inspires me everyday is knowing that our guests are waiting a long time to come here and saving up to have those precious memories with their families as an industrial engineer I get a look at where the attractions going to go how the guests are going to interact with it and what experience we want our guests to have one of my favorite things about working in the industrial engineering department is it we really focus on the collaborative as opposed to the competitive work environment so constantly I'm going back and forth and asking my counterpart who supports the other Park and saying how would you handle this situation and kind of brainstorm a lot of things together one thing that I love about the Industrial Engineering rotational program is in the past five years I've been able to support three very different client areas first I started off at Disney's textile services which is one of the largest laundries in the world next I went to Disney Cruise Line I was on the team that helped planned at the Disney Wonder relaunch in 2016 I looked at the guest experience both on board and at Disney's Castaway key and then planned for how we were going to change during the relaunch in Spain and then afterwards look at how guests were experiencing our beautiful new spaces now I support the master planning team that looks at the needs for the next 10 years at our part coming from the outside and starting work at Disney was a complete paradigm shift for me now I needed to get inside the guests head to understand their dynamics wants and needs I loved focusing and trying to find patterns and problem-solving mostly then once I found out about Disney it was really incredible that we could apply all of these problem-solving than that mindset and working with people to a theme park environment after my sophomore year I applied for an internship here that was a really incredible experience for me I just started full-time about a year and a half ago I think the greatest part about working here is that I'm sitting directly at a table with the vice president of the park with the GM's of all the park and they all know me by name and everything we do we want to give the guests that wow we want to completely immerse them in a new environment I got the opportunity to support so many different areas distribution horticulture textile services Disney Cruise Line all the parks entertainment Disney vacation planning Disney Spring and here I get to partner with all of these to keep pushing forward and deliver on industry trends everything that we do is telling a story we have so many numbers that we're always looking at and so what we do every single day is try to take these numbers and see how do we place this on a page to really tell a story and really make our point come across you're constantly focused on the guest experience like that's what it all comes back to we have our four keys here and it's safety courtesy show and efficiency and while efficiency is important at top of mine for me it's really not necessarily always going to be the most important thing so we're tying it back constantly to Walt's vision and what the guests experience ultimately will be in the end of the day this year I was very honored to be nominated by my peers to get the Legacy Award this embodies Walt's dream create and inspire every day I get a dream big with all my partners here to figure out what we want to provide for the guests and also to look at their experiences and create those memories I love that I'm part of teams that's looking into the future and using strategy and advanced analytics to come up with those products and the new attractions to make sure that they have a balanced and very fun experience here

Rafiki’s Planet Watch – Full 2019 Renovation Tour – Animal Kingdom



hey guys Henry here at the newly reopened conservation station for the keys planet watch Animal Kingdom I'm gonna give you a little tour of what's changed what's the same and what's going on in here so as you come in off the train what was originally the entrance is now exit only so don't go in that way go in secret passage to the left the affection section is still here also known as the petting zoo area about all the animals for you to interact with we shop here right now is appropriately Oh Lion King stuff as are all the characters that you draw in the animation experience do you have frames for sale so you're really proud of the drawing that you did in the class [Applause] as you enter all the animal divots are still down to the left most of the center has been taken over by the as you can see the animation experience does take a while the better room is pretty big crowd for this show and all of the educational exhibits are still intact as they were the main difference is that the doc McStuffins meet-and-greet is no longer there you can't meet Rafiki here anymore and the sounds of the rainforest exhibit is covered by trees to be appropriately Concord take them all to consider Lord ask you know you are going to be headed inside for your animation experience and you are welcome to hang out with us we are looking at kawaii who is our milk people trained in the art fitness courtyard for the last two weeks with our birds but you know what hasn't been here with our really cool experiences with our Packman monica is going to help wedding be successful that's what we're doing all the time we want him to be able to earn those treats that we're offering them so she's making it a little bit easier movie in that perch a little bit closer we feel like that too and they can't rate we wanted to says it's awesome so the more that clay does this with all of you around the more and more quick he'll be at knowing exactly what this behavior is at home did all the smart that's really fast so Coletti is gonna head on out of here in just a second and I want you guys to hang out if you don't have to rush inside because we might have another murder – you got a problem out here – hanging out as well do you guys have any questions anything that we can wait exactly delivering content Kevin things like insects that would be flying around please one of his favorite foods and spit yes so we'll see if you want to maybe even do one or two months before he has done out of here you guys are just showing up my name's Larry I'm over here this is brew our knob for milk learning in this environment today second everything out