Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Disney Difference

One of the great things about being a Disney Cast Member is the range of perks and benefits exclusive to Cast Members only. The Disney Difference, as it is called, is the collection of programs and services offered to Cast Members.

All Cast Members get access to "The Hub," which is an online portal of helpful information and resources. Recent WDW news, sales information, cast activities, work schedules, Disney Look guidelines, and so much more can all be accessed through The Hub.

Mickey's Retreat is a 19-acre recreation facility open exclusively to Disney Cast Members and their families. Located at Little Lake Bryan near Patterson Court and Chatham Square apartment complexes, the facility features volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, swimming pools and a marina.

The Disney Learning Center, located at Vista Way apartment complex, is a great resource for College Program Cast Members. Computers are available for accessing the Hub or other programs, and laptops are available for check-out. Also available are DVDs and books to be checked out.

Company D is a Cast Member store, offering a wide variety of discounted merchandise, personal services, plus Cast Member-exlusive merchandise. Also available are discounted tickets for SeaWorld, AMC Theatre movie tickets, and tickets to certain sporting events. Cast Members can also purchase discounted admission to DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, behind-the-scenes tours, and to Cirque du Soleil. There are six Company D locations around Walt Disney World.

There are also a variety of discounts given to Cast Members with their ID. Cast Members receive 20% discounts on most merchandise around the Resort. AAA Car Care Centers offer 10% discounts to Cast Members. Cast Members can also take advantage of discounts at many of the locations around Downtown Disney.

The Walt Disney World Finance Department offers Cast Members the ability to purchase items that are no longer used on property, such as computers, office furniture, lawn furniture, holiday decorations, TVs, radios and plants. This location is known as Property Control, and is located behind the Magic Kingdom. Located at Property Control is Cast Connection, which sells merchandise considered "less-than-perfect," at discounts from 50-70% off. This merchandise liquidation building offers apparel, seasonal merchandise, toys, pins, hats and plenty of character merchandise.


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