Written by: Michael Kuo
One of the things about working in a service industry is finding yourself working very untraditional hours. Even for my leaders, some of them work 7am-4:30pm, 11am-9:30pm, 5pm-2am and even third shift! At the World of Disney (and Walt Disney World), there is never a time when someone is working. That being said, our schedules change from week to week and it always keeps you on your toes! During the busy seasons, we’re typically working 50-60 hours a week and during nonpeak seasons, we typically receive 30 some odd hours. And when you add in the hours that I need for sleeping (oh how I love sleeping) and traveling to and from work via bus… rest and relaxation is really hard to come by!
Here’s a quick laundry list of what I typically do during the week while I’m not at work:
1. Studying for the GMAT
This probably takes the most out of my week. I’ve got the GMATs coming up on September 10th and I’m not entirely thrilled that I get to spend about an additional 15 hours a week studying my butt off for this exam! I know it’ll all pay off but one piece of advice that I would suggest for those of you earlier in your college careers and wanting to pursue graduate school: study this during school. If you need a refresher on your GMAT skills, go over to khanacademy.org. I use that site to review basic math concepts and do random practice problems. Who knows, even refresh myself on Econ.
This takes up probably the other majority of my time here at Disney. Though I will say that we, as Ohio State students, are completely spoiled with the kinds of work out and recreational facilities we have at the RPAC. The gym that we use here at Disney is approximately the size of a racquetball court! I’m also training for a half-marathon and I love to run outside. However, there’s just one tiny problem with that: I live right next to a major highway/state route. I’ve run on State Route 535, but Floridians/tourists love to see how close they can get to hitting you. I’ve found a few sites that provide good running tips here for Disney guests. It’s disneyrunning.com. Feel free to check it out and see what they can offer you if you’re ever in the region.
3. Going to the Parks
One of the best features about working here at Disney is, of course, going to the parks. I recently acquired a Canon DSLR and have been practicing my photography skills out in the parks. But I also go there on occasions to hang out with friends and go chill with Mickey cause we’re friends with him! Who can say that their workplace lets you go into Walt Disney World with unlimited access… for free? You wouldn’t imagine how many people come to me and say, “Can I please have your job so that I can go to the parks everyday?” It’s a pretty good feeling!
As always, if you have any questions about what I’m doing, feel free to comment. Otherwise, I hope to update you soon about some good information about Disney!