If getting a Disney work from home job has always been your idea of the “Happiest Place on Earth”, you’re not alone.
Who wouldn’t want to work for Disney?
They’re so inclusive, they’ve got jobs for veterans (Heroes Work Here) and people from all over the world. Work on land at any of its 12 Disney parks, or go onboard one of the ships on Disney’s cruise line.
Unfortunately, if you can’t join a cruise ship, or you’re nowhere near a Disney theme park, your next best bet is to land a Disney work from home job.
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Today, you’ll learn about opportunities to work from home for Disney and how to increase your chances of getting these opportunities.
How to Work from Home for Disney
There are a few ways you can do this: either find a work from home job opening on Disney’s job board and apply directly (I’ll show you how below), learn how to make money doing Disney-related side gigs from home, or leverage the Disney brand to build your own profitable business around their success.
1. Find a Disney Work From Home Job
Disney work from home jobs can be found on its dedicated Disney Careers job board.
This massive job board lists a wide range of jobs in categories such as Business Support, Consumer Goods, Operations Support, Marketing and Sales, and many more.
Thus, you’d need some search skills to explore work from home jobs at Disney.
As soon as you’re on the website, you can immediately access the thousands of job listings without having to log in.
From here, enter the keyword “work from home.” Alternatively, you can try “remote” or “telecommute.”
The usual result that will show here is for a Guest Services Representative for a specific state; that is, you have to be a resident of that state to apply to that particular job position.
A work-from-home Guest Services Representative provides customer service to shopDisney.com customers via phone, chat, social media, or email. The position pays $12 per hour and requires you to be able to work on a flexible schedule.
Other Disney work from home jobs are rare, but they do pop up on their Careers page from time to time. Here are some examples of other work from home jobs they post:
- Software Engineer
- Site Reliability Engineer
- Creative Manager
- Concept Designer
- Graphics Interface Coordinator
- Cruise Vacation Agents
- Vacation Advisor
- Media Production Support Specialists
- Social Media Representative
- Associate Editor
In case your search turns up zero results, don’t fret. You can still dig deeper via third-party sites.
Third-Party Job Sites
Your life-saver would be FlexJobs, which always has a list of available Disney jobs in and outside the US.
What’s great about listings on FlexJobs is that it indicates if the position is 100% work from home, has the potential to become a work-from-home job, or a mix of both (office-based and remote).
Because Disney has an extensive range of jobs, expect that every position will have a different set of requirements and qualifications.
Jobs are posted there multiple times per month. If there are no current listings, be sure to bookmark that page and check back often.
Disney Employee Benefits
Once you do get a home-based Disney job, you’d receive Disney employee benefits similar to employees working in one of their physical locations.
Company benefits may include:
- Retirement and 401k (Disney reportedly matches 3% of employee’s contribution)
- Health insurance, including dental and vision coverage
- Up to 4 weeks of vacation and sick leave (depending on position and tenure)
- Tuition assistance for those who want to pursue their studies
- Free entrance to theme parks, including family and friends
- Up to 30% discount on Disney hotels, restaurants, merchandise, and other Disney products and services
The best thing about Disney jobs is that the company offers “flex-time,” which means even if you’ve started a job that’s fully location-based, you can discuss your options of working from home, adjust start/end times of your shift, and so on.
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If direct employment isn’t in the stars for you, you can find other money-making opportunities and online jobs that are related to Disney.
NOTE: In the following work from home options, you will NOT be considered a Disney employee.
2. Become a Disney Vacation Planner
If you have awesome communication skills, you can earn commissions for helping people plan their Disney vacations. It’s not a true Disney work from home job as you won’t be working for the Mouse directly.
You don’t need to have a travel agent license, but you do have to be intimately familiar with Disney Destinations.
Some may even require that you’ve visited a Disney theme park at least 5 times.
Other companies may ask you to go through The College of Disney Knowledge online training program before starting the job. This training program enables aspiring travel planners to learn about all things Disney: the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.
How does it work?
Apply as a freelance Disney travel planner under any one of the registered Disney Travel Agencies, also known as EarMarked Travel Agencies. Some of these companies may require an upfront joining fee or monthly membership fee, while others do not.
If you decide to become a vacation planner, you’ll be booking Disney vacations under that company’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) number, then you’ll receive a commission for that booking, which varies depending on the travel agency.
Note that in most cases, you’ll only receive your share of the sale after the customer’s Disney trip, so this can mean weeks or months after you initially “sold” a travel package.
Here are some travel agencies that you can join:
- Mouse Fan Travel
- Off to Neverland
- Marvelous Mouse Travels
- The Vacationeer
- Magic Family Travel
- Cupcake Castles Travel
- Mouse Counselors
- Travel with the Magic
- Academy Travel
- Destination Orlando, Etc.
- The Enchanted Traveler
- Middle of the Magic Travel
- Mickey World Travel
- Magical Travel
- Mouse Counselors
I know looking at this list may have you thinking if a Disney work from home job is even worth pursuing with all of that competition.
Well, Disney is profiting close to $13 million dollars per day running its theme parks alone. There is plenty of profit to go around.
You can still find a lot of travel agencies offering Disney work from home jobs to independent contractors.
Almost all of these agencies allow you to work from home and work flexible hours.
Kari Bonnes, owner of Marvelous Mouse Travels, says she has part-time Disney travel agents who earn up to $40k a year.
Imagine the possibilities if you do this full time. Glassdoor, on the other hand, estimates that Disney travel planners to earn anywhere from $20,000 to $65,000 a year.
What’s awesome about being part of a travel agency is that they also have prizes for high-earners, continuous training, chances of winning an IATA card, and other benefits.
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3. Sell Disney Stuff as a shopDisney.com Affiliate
Selling Disney products with the likeness of Disney characters without proper permission can get you in trouble with the law.
Disney takes copyright and trademark infringement very seriously and has been known to run after retailers trying to profit off Disney-themed items without permission.
If you already have an established online store with steady revenues and you plan on selling Disney products, then the time and cost applying for a Disney license make sense.
However, if you’re planning to sell Disney items just for side cash or as a work from home gig, there’s a better way to do it: become an affiliate of the official shopDisney.com Affiliate Program.
shopDisney.com gives 2% commissions on products sold with a 10-day referral cookie. This means when a person clicks on the link you shared and buys something from shopDisney.com immediately or anytime in the next 10 days, you’ll get a commission.
4. Write about Disney
It’s not really a work from home job, but writing articles and blog posts about anything Disney-related and submitting these articles as a guest blogger or guest writer can earn you some side cash.
Here are some guest blogging opportunities worth looking at:
- Cambrick Yard, LLC
- Theme Park Tourist
- Undercover Tourist
- Disney Food Blog
- Chip and Co
- Unlocking The Magic
5. Blog about Disney
You can start a Disney blog, write about Disney on a full-time basis, and earn a steady income. Like most passive-income generating opportunities, the revenue you get with a blog directly correlates to the amount of work you invest.
Think about this Disney-related news blog and decide if you can find yourself writing about Disney day in, day out.
The set-up and monthly maintenance of blogs are relatively cheap. What makes a blog valuable is the content you share with the world.
If you’ve got the writing chops and your brain is full of Disney trivia and information, you can even write an e-book, pamphlet, travel guide, or other printables and sell it online.
You can use this blog as:
- a way to sell Disney products (see becoming an affiliate above)
- a place to sell information products, such as ebooks, brochures, travel guides, and the like featuring information on Disney
- an informational blog perfect for AdSense revenues
- a space to offer your services as a Disney travel agent (see becoming a Disney Vacation Planner above)
- a way to build a big network (and become an influencer)
There are other ways to turn your Disney blog into a goldmine.
The Bottom Line
If you’re content to have a Disney work from home job, their careers board is an excellent database.
However, I highly recommend creating your own online-based company and provide your services as a Disney travel planner. This way, you get to dictate your working hours, your business plan, and you get to keep more of your commissions.
Before you start, make sure you’re licensed to offer Disney travel packages.
Whichever route you plan to take, you’ll have a greater chance of success when you genuinely have a love for everything Disney.
Other Work From Home Jobs to Consider
If you’re not sure working for Disney is for you, there are plenty more work from home opportunities you can look into.
Have you tried applying for a work from home job with Disney or anywhere else? Tell us about your experience in the comments!