Walt Disney World increases some hiring bonuses to $1500 and will host a Job Fair at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Sep 17, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday September 17, 2021 4:06pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World continues to face a labor shortage as the company continues its phased reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown.


Roles proving particularly difficult to fill include culinary, housekeeping, custodial, and quick-service food & beverage. Sign-on bonuses are as high as $1500 for chef assistant roles, with numerous other positions offering $1000 bonuses.

Both full-time and part-time roles are available, with pay rates from $14-19 per hour. The Walt Disney World Job Fair takes place September 20 2021 from 8am - 6pm at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort convention center.

You can find out more at the Disney Careers website.

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Vegas Disney Fan12 days ago

We have the same issue here in Vegas, I’ve been with my company nearly 20 years and I make the same hourly as the kid they promoted last week. It’s frustrating but at least pay rates are going up. Those pay scales are on par with union wages here in Vegas, pretty impressive for “unskilled” labor. Makes Florida a more attractive destination knowing I could sell my house here, use the profit to buy one with a low mortgage there, and still survive on a dishwasher wage if I had to.

TJ Vazquez12 days ago

Certain staff are deemed more critical than the postings above. The shortage is in the housekeeping/kitchen and transportation sectors.

John park hopper12 days ago

Didn't Disney announce they were cutting staff hours to save money recently. Guess you will need that sign on bonus when they cut your hours

DCBaker12 days ago

Another job fair announced, happening in late October - https://parksjobs.disneycareers.com/job/lake-buena-vista/transportation-bus-driver-job-fair-oct-25-2021-and-oct-26-2021/1678/19768262 https://parksjobs.disneycareers.com/job/lake-buena-vista/housekeeping-job-fair-oct-25-and-oct-26-2021-1-000-new-hire-bonus/1678/19768263 https://parksjobs.disneycareers.com/job/lake-buena-vista/culinary-1-500-and-dishwasher-1-000-new-hire-bonus-job-fair-oct-25-26/1678/19768261

zulemara26 days ago

yeah people view it as "just another job" because they have failed at keeping the culture alive through their poor decisions related to CMs over the years. It's so sad, I got to drink around the world at EPCOT with Bob Gurr, I spent an entire day at sea picking his brain, and yet I know there are so many who wouldn't even care that they could talk to the last living original Disney Imaginear hired by Walt because the culture is so lost on the majority of CMs. This may be an industry wide problem, but Disney USED to be above the industry because of who they are, the care they showed, and the culture they fostered. That has all been chipped away at over the years in favor of the stockholders and now they pay the price. Try booking a reservation for 90 days out. They are only interested in having a CM in the park when they're sure they've squeezed every last paid ticket out of the day. THEN CMs are good enough to be let in. It's downright pathetic.

roecoldlis26 days ago

You are totally correct!

cranbiz29 days ago

Trust me, I know how long it takes to train a bus driver at WDW. 2 months is the minimum to get a driver to the point that one can train at a hub. And then there are 5 hubs to train at before a driver is fully qualified for anything on site. It's 6 months minimum for a fully qualified driver. BTW, My post was supposed to be sarcastic 😗

Lilofan29 days ago

I've seen fellow guests and cast members off the clock ( some wear their IDs ) pick up trash off the WDW streets at times. Now that is not what you see in other places often!

Walt d29 days ago

As you no the cast members are the backbone of the company. I constantly see cm going above and beyond their jobs. And you all really run the Company. With every thing that you do, helping guests telling them the same thing all day long we no you get Tired. And its hot. Yet you go on. Stage and give a 110 percent…! And corporate does not see you. I thank you for your tireless work. For making some Childs first visit the start of there never ending visit till they come back with there kids. And it all starts again! Im a share holder. And i do see you working hard..

Lilofan29 days ago

A new CM making the same wage as a 10 year CM? That's not true.

matt911229 days ago

Just increase wages across board when your bumping the floor. If you decide as a company to go from 12 to 15 for example the people making 16 or 17 should get that too. Your essentially devaluing these individuals. A cost of living increase each year might prevent these situations. But likely wouldn't cover big jumps.

ImperfectPixie30 days ago

Large employers often won't do what they should unless forced. Mandatory cost of living increases would be on my to-do list.

roj232330 days ago

As one of my former custodial cast member coworkers used to say, it depends on the type of pixie dust. Honestly the sad part is people who have been with the company for 10+ years have seen their pay raises essentially disappear as the minimum wage has risen. It's kind of hard to stay loyal when someone brand new is making the same wage as someone with 10 years of seniority. This isn't to say WDW shouldn't pay a living wage but that long term cast with years of seniority should be making much more than the base rate. Unfortunately this is an on going issue in many fields, not just at WDW. Everything from Teachers to EMT's are seeing their loyalty and past pay raises disappear as the minimum wage rises which is making people rethink their careers.

matt911230 days ago

There profit margins justify being better.