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Here at Theme Park Tourist, we're fascinated by the role that Disney Cast Members (and staff members at other theme park chains) play in "creating the magic" for guests. We're even lucky enough to have a former Cast Member, Amy, among our writers. Over the next few months, we'll be publishing a series of interviews with Cast Members that offer an insight into their day-to-day roles, the training that they undergo and the aspects of their jobs that they find the most rewarding. We might even uncover a funny story or two. In the meantime, let's take a look at 5 amazing jobs that many people would loveto have at Disney's theme parks.

5. Candy Maker

 

We challenge you to walk past the Main Street Confectionery and not be drawn in by the tempting smell of freshly-made candy emanating from within. Now, imagine working as a candy maker in the glass-walled kitchen, whipping up treats such as chocolate-coated strawberries, fudge and cookies. Of course, too much candy can be a bad thing (my dad often recalls being sick after eating too many mishapen Kit Kats at a Rowntrees factory in his youth). But, certainly, the idea of working in a candy kitchen is more appealing than, say, an open-plan office.

4. Monorail Pilot

Monorail Walt Disney was enamored by the monorail that he installed at Disneyland, hoping that it would be adopted as a mass-transit system by cities all over the world. That didn't come to pass, but a more extensive monorail wasinstalled at Walt Disney World after his death. Almost every child that visits the resorts (and many adults) take ones look at the iconic, sleek monorail trains and dreams of piloting them. Yes, there's a lot of reptition involved, but there are few other places in the world where you take on this job.

3. Pyrotechnician

Fireworks Many little children like to make things go bang. So, too, do the pyrotechnicians that are behind the many fireworks shows at Disney's parks, although they are somewhat better trained than most. Pyrotechnicians are responsible for the safe storage, handling and functioning of pyrotechnics and associated devices. And at Disney, they have the opportunity to work on shows that are on a different scale to those at most other venues, almost every day.

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Be sure and take the behind-the-scenes railroad tour at the Magic Kingdom. You'll visit the roundhouse where they perform engine maintenance and hear the part trains played in the life of Walt Disney and in the history of the parks. You'll also hear the story of how the park's four steam engines were rescued from a bone yard in Mexico. Sign up online as soon as you plan your trip. The tour fills up quickly.

In reply to by Mike Cloud (not verified)

Great tip. Thanks Mike!

In reply to by Mike Cloud (not verified)

The Conductor CM's are about the best I have listened to having taken the behind the scenes tour twice. Key's CM hold a close 2nd.

No matter what tour you take, or have a memorable moment, remember the CM's name and stop by City Hall and fill out a comment card, or go online and send a email to guest services (wdw.guest.communications@disneyworld.com) and express how they made your trip enjoyable. I have sent a couple of emails over the years passing my thanks back to those CM's who went above and beyond.

I have been lucky enough to work 2 of those 5 jobs listed. I started out at the Movie Ride as a Gangster and Bandit for 2 years. Absolutely one of my most favorite jobs. I then transferred to Tech Services and worked my way up to a pyro technician. I was one of the crew chiefs on the Wishes show when it opened at the Magic Kingdom.

In reply to by Chris Simmons (not verified)

Hey Chris, would love to talk to you sometime! Can we make it happen, let me know!

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