Posted August 16th, 2016 By Yummy Jobs

Anna's Disney Summer!

Hello! My name's Anna, and I was given the opportunity to spend my summer break working at Chef Mickey’s restaurant at Walt Disney World!

Chef Mickey’s is a vibrant character restaurant which sits under the monorail in the ultra-modern Contemporary Resort. The restaurant is visited at breakfast, brunch and dinner every day by five hard-working chefs; Chef Mickey, Chef Minnie, Chef Donald, Chef Goofy and Chef Pluto.  The chefs visit every table in the restaurant and lead everybody in celebration at regular intervals. I worked as a greeter/ host, which involved checking-in reservations, trying to accommodate walk-ins, showing guests to their tables, organising family photos with characters and joining in the regular celebrations. I really loved my role at Chef Mickey’s; a particular highlight was helping one petrified guest organise his proposal to his girlfriend (now wife) with the assistance of Mr Mouse!

Another important part of my Disney International Program was the housing provided by Disney. Cultural Exchange Program participants are lucky enough to be housed in beautiful spacious apartments, sharing with other cast members from all over the world. I shared a flat with a girl from New Mexico, a girl from Chicago, two girls from Hong Kong and a girl from Manchester! I have a lot of happy memories of pizza nights, ice cream outings and relaxing by the pool with these brilliant girls, who I have no doubt I will be in touch with for many more years to come.

Although I loved my job, a massive part of why my summer was so incredible is because of what I did with my time off. As my shifts were usually early morning or evening shifts, I often had the whole day to enjoy my free pass for every Disney Park, as well as two days off every week. Having never visited Walt Disney World, or even America, before my program, there was a lot to learn and experience. I saw 4th July fireworks at both Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios, I ate my first ever corndog, I learned how Americans ‘do the wobble’ and I made a lot of brilliant friends from all over the United States and the rest of the world. We were also only a short bus journey away from other exciting Orlando attractions, including Universal Studios, which meant a LOT of trips to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I also managed to take a few days off to visit Miami and see Beyoncé and Jay-Z on the opening night of their On the Run joint tour!

So what did I gain from my summer at Walt Disney World? In the short term I experienced a new culture, managed to fund 10 weeks of park hopping/ice cream eating and worked a job which I loved. In the long term, I got a bunch of lovely new friends from all over the world, an extremely impressive new item on my CV, and actually managed to save some money. Most importantly, I managed to get out of my mum’s hair for a whole summer break between university semesters!


For your chance to have the summer of a lifetime on the Disney Cultural Exchange Program, visit our website here and apply before it’s too late!