Former Character Attendant at The Walt Disney Company
almost 3 years ago
Don't stress about the interview for character attendant or any position at Walt Disney World! For the character attendant role, here are some tips and things I think are important to bring up in your interview. These are things I found to be important but also were helpful to know before starting the character attendant role. I hope these help! :)
1)Be yourself and have fun.
With any position you apply for always be yourself! Disney doesn't look for a certain type of person in each interview, but likes to see your personality shine in answering all of their questions. They like to see the real you and just have fun talking with them.
2) Multitasking is a huge thing character attendants do. Safety is HUGE too!
One of the hardest parts about being a character attendant is always being on your feet and staying calm in any situation. Letting them know that you're willing to help and stay calm in any stressful situation is a great thing to mention. You want them to know that you are always looking out for the character's best interest, making sure they're safe, and if they need anything you're there to help them. Safety is a HUGE thing for them and they like to know that you're able to be there and stay calm in busy and stressful situations. If you're calm and contained then the guests will feel more at ease in those situations. It's the happiest place on earth, they want their guests to know that they're safe there as well.
3) Story lining.
You could mention to them that you're not one to break character easily. If someone asks you, "Are there fans in Pluto's head?" (It happens more than you think) you don't want to ruin character integrity and say no. You want to say something on the lines of, "What are you talking about? That's Pluto! He can get hot sometimes in the sun but why would he need fans in his head?!" A child could be near by and you don't want them thinking that's not the real Pluto. When they have to go backstage you don't want guests to think that they're "taking a break". You want to story line and be creative by telling them that "Pluto has to go get a good boy treat," or, "He needs to go shine his collar." This helps keep character integrity and helps keep the magic alive for guests who come and visit the park. Letting them know that you can be quick on your feet to respond to these situations is a great thing to mention to them.
4) You're the character's voice.
Sometimes you'll be with a character that can't talk. They can animate things to guests but sometimes guests might not understand what the character's trying to tell them. For example, if Mickey was to point at a child's birthday button and count his fingers the child might not understand what Mickey is trying to ask him. If you cut in and say "Happy Birthday! Mickey wants to know how old you're turning?" That can help the child understand Mickey when he can't speak. Understanding the character's animations and talking for them is a big thing for character attendants.