Application Requirements

The Disney Culinary Program occurs year-round, and seasons vary in length for each student and school. The specific program timeframe will be discussed at time of interview.

In order to submit an application for the Disney Culinary Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a School of Culinary Arts, seeking a certificate or degree OR enrolled in a culinary/baking and pastry school, studying toward a Baking and Pâtisserie Science degree
    Students must be currently enrolled and taking at least one class in an accredited college or university in the United States and have completed at least one semester or have graduated in the past 12 months.

    • Students who have not yet graduated from high school but have dual enrollment with a college are not eligible to apply.
    • Those who have taken college courses, but are currently taking “time off” from school are not eligible to apply.
  2. Meet any school requirements for participation
    • Students also must meet any additional criteria their school requires for participation in our program. This may include GPA, grade level and number of credit hours earned. Schools will be contacted to verify eligibility on
  3. Candidates must be receptive to our appearance standards, The Disney Look.
    • Participants must be compliant with these guidelines upon arrival.
    • In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment and comply with State-mandated regulatory food standards, all cast members working in Food & Beverage and Merchandise positions that prepare and/or serves food and beverages are required to abide by the Food & Beverage Nail and Jewelry Policy:
      • Keep fingernails trimmed and filed (not extended beyond the tip of the finger).
      • Not wear fingernail polish and/or artificial nails.
      • Not wear jewelry on arms or hands, including wristwatches and medical information jewelry. The exception is a plain (commitment) ring, without stones, raised designs or jagged edges. Acceptable options for medical jewelry include necklaces and ankle bracelets.
      • If you have a tattoo below the elbow, make-up may not be worn to cover the tattoo since it can potentially contaminate food, equipment, utensils or unwrapped single-service articles. Furthermore, the Food Code requires that food employees shall wash their hands and exposed portions of their arms immediately before engaging in food preparation including working with exposed food, clean equipment and utensils, and unwrapped single-service articles and other times.
      • Additionally, from an on-stage appearance perspective, if the tattoo is above the elbow, a company-authorized costume/shirt or opaque makeup (for small tattoos) may be worn to conceal the tattoo. Tattoos on other exposed portions of the body can be covered with the costume, or for small tattoos, opaque makeup provided on-stage appearance guidelines are followed.  For tattoos below the elbow, tattoo cover sleeves may be worn as a set to cover the arm tattoos. Tattoo sleeve covers must be a neutral tone (solid white or black) and complementary to the costume. All looks should not be distracting and must meet show quality standards.
  4. Be at least 18 years of age by the time the program begins
  5. Possess unrestricted work authorization

Attention International Students

To be eligible for this program, you must be currently enrolled in a college/university in the United States and possess unrestricted US work authorization. Contact your international student advisor if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

Reminder: Should an invitation be extended to you, you will be required to submit verification of your legal right to work in the United States at the time of your arrival.

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