"I'm a Disney Cast Member". There can be few more interesting answers to the question "What's your job?". The reality, though, is that some roles at Disney theme parks are seen as being more attractive than others (whether they are actually more enjoyable or not is another question entirely).

Here are 6 Cast Member jobs that carry the "cool factor"!

6. Steam Train Driver or Conductor

Disneyland Railroad

The Cast Members on the Disneyland Railroad were viewed by Walt Disney as so important that he employed them personally through his company Retlaw. He even personally autographed their paychecks, making working as a conductor or driver one of the most prestigious positions at the park.

Of course, those days are long past, but working on the railroads that circle Disney's Magic Kingdom-style parks is still viewed as something of an honor.

5. Kilimanjaro Safaris Driver

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The most common question that guests ask drivers on Walt Disney World's Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction is whether the trucks are on a track and whether the animals are really free to approach the vehicle. The truth is that both the trucks and the animals are absolutely real and able to go where they please.

As Disney jobs go, taking guests on an African safari multiple times per day and being up close to free-roaming giraffes and other exotic animals is one of the most appealing.

4. Matterhorn Climber

Matterhorn Climber

The real Matterhorn is a magnet for climbers. And so too is the Disneyland version, where from the early days of the attraction Cast Members would don mountain gear and scale the peak. They could even play a game of basketball in a special court hidden inside the upper floors of the structure. While they have at times disappeared from its slopes, the climbers were brought back during a major refurbishment of the ride in 2012.



I met a lady that gathers signatures from little princesses and princes. So cool!!!

I was #2 and my roommate was #1.

The steam train and the monorail were owned by Walt Disney when I worked for RETLAW. Male operators could switch back and forth from the Monorail to the Steam Train. However, females could only operate the Monorail. I remember having to be at least 5 ft. 6 inches tall; fit into a very slim operator uniform and was not allowed to wear any make-up. We drove outside the park to the hotel and picked up guests who were first entering the park in Anaheim. Pulling the Monorail out of the garage first thing in the morning and cruising over to the hotel was the best!

So many cool jobs at the parks. I still would love to be a monorail pilot. Of course Jungle Cruise Skipper is an awesomely cool job! Weird Al even wrote a song about it.

I was a Disneyland Railroad Conductor years ago.....the best job ever.

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