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 with Disney?
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.
There are two ways you can do this: first is to apply directly on Disney’s job board (I’ll show you how below), and make money doing Disney-related side gigs.
How to Work from Home for Disney
There are a few different options you have for finding a Disney work from home job opportunity.
You can work for the company itself, or you can leverage the Disney brand to build your own business around their success.
I’ll explore all of the options below:
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 doesn’t job include theme park employment, but also office jobs that cater to a wide range of specializations from engineering to social media management.
As such, you’d need a bit of advanced search to explore work from home jobs at Disney.
You don’t have to log-in. You can get access to the job board as soon as you land the website.
You’d have to dig deep to find Disney work from home jobs.
When searching for direct Disney employment, leave the “country,” “state” and “city” slots blank. As for the “keyword” slot, enter “work from home,” “remote” or “telecommute.”
Don’t fret if there are no results found. 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 position, or a mix of both (office-based and remote).
Because Disney has an extensive range of jobs, expect that every position will have different set of requirements and qualifications.
Disney Employee Benefits
Once you do get a home-based Disney job, you’d receive Disney employee benefits similar to employees working on location.
Company benefits may include:
- Retirement and 401k (Disney reportedly matches 3% of employee’s contribution)
- health dental and vision insurance
- 4 weeks vacation time and sick pay
- Free entrance to parks for employee, family and friends
- 30% discounts on Disney Hotels, merchandise, and other Disney products/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.
If direct employment isn’t in the stars for you, you can still find money-making opportunities and other online jobs that are somewhat related to Disney.
Note that you will not be employed by Disney in the following types of work:
2. Become a Disney Vacation Planner
If you have awesome communication skills, you can earn commissions just for being a Disney fan. 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’ll be tested on how much Disney knowledge you have.
Some may even require that you’ve visited a Disney theme park at least 5 times. Other companies may ask you to go through Disney’s College of Knowledge training program before starting the job.
How does it work:
You apply as a freelance Disney planner under any one of the registered Disney Travel Agents. Some of these companies may require an upfront joining fee or monthly membership fee, while others do not.
If you 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. 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 (currently closed for new applicants)
- The Vacationeer
- Magic Family Travel
- Cupcake Castles Travel
- Mouse Counselors
- Travel with the Magic
- Mickey Vacations
- Destination Orlando, Etc.
- The Enchanted Traveler
- Middle of the Magic Travel
- Mickey World Travel
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. So there is plenty to go around to say the least.
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 agents who earn up to $40k a year, working as a Disney travel planner part time.
Imagine the possibilities if you do this full time. Glassdoor, on the other hand, estimates Disney travel planners to earn anywhere from $20,000 to $65,000 a year.
What’s awesome about being part of a company like these is that they also have prizes for high-earners, continuous training, chances of winning an IATA card, and other benefits.
3. Sell Disney Stuff as a shopDisney.com Affiliate
Selling Disney products (even the likeness of Disney characters) without proper permission can cause damage to your finances.
Disney has strict copyright and trademark law and has been known to run after retailers trying to fend off Disney-related items as theirs.
I’ll only recommend you bother with Disney licensing only if you have an established store with healthy revenues.
However, if you’re planning to sell Disney items as 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 cookie. This means you’d get a commission when a person clicks on the link you shared and buys something from shopDisney.com immediately or anytime 10 days later.
4. Write about Disney
You can become a guest blogger on various websites and talk about Disney. Sometimes you’re paid cash for these assignments, while other times, you’ll just take exposure as payment.
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.
For the long-haul income, you can start a Disney blog and earn as much as you can. 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 to the world.
You can use this blog as:
- a way to sell Disney products (see becoming an affiliate above)
- an informational blog perfect for AdSense revenues
- 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
As a travel agent or Disney booking representative, you’ll be able to create Disney itineraries for specific budgets. If you know in your heart that you have a lot of information to add to any travel agency’s table, I recommend you create your own online-based company and provide the services yourself.
As a legitimate travel agency, you do need to straighten out licensing before offering Disney travel packages. But once you do, expect to earn better revenues since you get to keep over 90% of the commission.
Just like blogging about Disney, having your own company means you’re the boss and you can experiment all elements of the “business” from marketing to hiring new talent.
If you’re looking for a more traditional Disney work from home job, stick with their careers board.
Whichever route you plan to take, isn’t it awesome to know that if you’re in between jobs or want to get a change of pace, you can combine your love of Disney with these work from home jobs.