Entrance sign for the Walt Disney World Casting Center near highway I-4 in Orlando

Disney World Offering $1,000 Signing Bonus For New Cast Members

What a difference nine months makes.

Just nine months ago, like so many other businesses, Disney was laying off cast members by the tens of thousands.  We heard one sad story after the next  – 28,000 Cast Members laid off, and 8,800 part-time Cast Members laid off, and 4,000 Cast Members Laid off, and 6,700 Cast Members Laid off, and 400 Imagineers laid off.  It was a scary time.

Now, Disney World is offering  $1,000 signing bonuses for new housekeepers and select kitchen staff.

Disney is now paying Housekeepers (Mousekeepers) $16 an hour and is paying line cooks $18 an hour.  They earn their signing bonus they stay on the job for at least 90 days.

Disney’s moves are representative of an overall tight labor market.  People are going on vacation once again, and Orlando’s overall unemployment rate stood at 5.6% in April.
Excited to hear Disney is offering new Cast Members $1,000 signing bonuses?