Being a Walt Disney World cast member can feel like a roller coaster ride. You get paid to play, but the hours are long and the pay can be low, depending on your position. Though many Cast Member job descriptions are extremely entertaining (how many people get to watch giraffes and elephants all day long?), sometimes guest expectations can feel impossible to meet.
However, despite some frustrations, there are quite a few perks that Cast Members can take advantage of that simply aren't possible at any other workplace. Here are six amazing perks of being a Walt Disney World cast member that you might not have known about:
1. See a doctor
Opened backstage at Epcot in 2008, the Center for Living Well is designed as a one-stop healthcare facility for cast members and their families. With in-house lab, pharmacy, and basic radiology facilities, as well as wellness and behavioral health services, the Center provides both urgent care and ongoing primary medical care.
The clinic is designed for privacy to minimize the risk of running into co-workers or bosses, and multilingual staff members backed up by telephone translation services ensure that the highly diverse cast member family is well cared for. The Center is open extended hours and on weekends, making it easy for cast members who work odd shifts to seek services. Should a cast member require a specialist, the Center is fully networked with providers across the region.
2. Shop for inexpensive merchandise and groceries
Now in a new, larger home behind Coronado Springs Resort, Cast Connection and Property Control have merged into a massive combined shopping center that is truly impressive to behold. Cast Connection allows cast members to scoop up discontinued or overstocked Disney merchandise, as well as staple groceries, at prices that can reach 50% to 75% below retail. Property Control is where Disney sells off items that were previously used in guest areas, such as hotel bedding and furniture, as well as unclaimed Lost and Found items, at prices as low as 90% off retail. Mickey’s Treasures is a separate area where damaged goods are sold.
Cast members are allowed to take up to six family members and friends to the complex, although only cast members and their spouses or domestic partners can visit the Property Control and Mickey’s Treasures areas. The complex is open somewhat limited hours and is generally packed, but it’s worth stopping by on a day off.