During the holiday seasons, the Walt Disney World Resort hosts special events on select dates, when the theme parks are transformed into the ultimate destinations for holiday celebrations.
From celebrations like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney Internships & Programs participants can experience working at the Walt Disney World Resort in a whole new way! Cast members may be assigned to unique holiday event locations and stations, or they may search the Extra Hours Hotline for shift opportunities.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
As Halloween nears, Magic Kingdom Park invites families to get in the spirit with special attractions, like Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and Happy HalloWishes, as part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Guests may also experience unique twists and more detailed theming on already-existing attractions, such as Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. Disney characters and Disney villains join in on the fun in distinct Halloween costumes, and different lighting and music immerse guests into the Halloween mood.
Cast members in Disney Internships and Programs may have the opportunity to work at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Although roles remain the same, there is the possibility that responsibilities may differ for cast members who work at this event. For example, cast members from any line of business may have the opportunity to give out candy to guests at trick-or-treating stations, which are located in every land in the park. Disney Internships and Programs participants who work in the Entertainment line of business might have the opportunity to be trained for the nightly parade. Yearly, Haunted Mansion cast members receive a unique makeover to enhance the spooky environment at the attraction.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
In the winter season, Magic Kingdom Park also hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the evenings. Guests enjoy an enchanted wonderland of Christmas and winter joy with Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, a special Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular, a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies around the park.
On these particular nights, cast members in Food & Beverage might have the opportunity to give guests hot chocolate and cookies. To match the distinctive winter mood of Magic Kingdom Park, some cast members might even wear scarves and winter hats at their locations. Of course, Entertainment cast members may have the opportunity to be trained for the event parade, creating magic as snowflakes, toy soldiers or gingerbread men.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
The story behind the millions of moving lights on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park is one of generosity and heart. When a man in Arkansas began to grow his collection of holiday lights, it quickly grew too large to contain on display at his home. Disney’s Hollywood Studios adopted the Osborne family’s holiday lights and has been their home for the past several years. In the winter season, the lights are displayed in synchronization to holiday music. Guests may even have the opportunity to experience the snowfall and search for Hidden Mickeys among the lights.
At this event, cast members might have the opportunity to perform crowd control by directing traffic, selling hot chocolate or greeting guests at attraction entrances.