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Becoming a Disney Mascot

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Courtesy of Disney

Do you love the magic of Disney World or Disneyland? Are you looking for a summer job? Then why not work as a mascot at one of these Disney locations?

Becoming a Mascot

You must audition to become a Disney mascot (a.k.a Character Performer). Disney runs auditions for singers, actors, dancers, musicians, stunt performers, bands, and of course Disney characters. For the audition, bring a recent headshot and resume, and prepare to act as at least one Disney character without speaking. For more information on auditions, check the Disney website.

Day in the Life

As a mascot, you’ll have to arrive at the Disney park before it opens to change into your costume. You’ll usually work for about eight hours, roaming the park, taking pictures with visitors, signing autographs, and performing other occasional duties like dancing or participating in parades and shows.

Salary

The starting wage for a mascot at Disneyland is $10.00 per hour. At Disney World, the starting wage is a little less at $8.75 per hour.

Things to Remember

  • The costumes are hot and stuffy.
  • Go to the bathroom before getting in costume. They’re very difficult to get in and out of.
  • Wear light clothing, and comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • Don’t wear makeup; you’ll sweat it all off.
  • You may have to dance. But don’t worry, your mask will hide your identity.
  • Walk slowly and carefully, and don’t swing your limbs. Your costume can double, triple or quadruple the thickness of your body.
  • Make sure no one puts an infant in your arms to take a picture. With most costumes, the gloves are often too thick or loose, making it hard to grip a child.
  • Most importantly, you MUST stay in character and NEVER reveal your identity.
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thebellsofnotredame3
I want to be a face character at Disneyland. That sounds way more fun then being stuck ...
commented: Fri Mar 28, 2014

ElsaFrozen

ElsaFrozen wrote:

Maybe I can do this before I be an Imagineering.
commented: Wed Feb 19, 2014

oneidrection

oneidrection wrote:

LOL it probably cost more than that :D
commented: Mon Oct 14, 2013

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