Disney has posted a job online for an hourly Cast Member position for the Disney Skyliner gondola system. The job posting contains a lot of the wording we’ve seen before from marketing materials, but it does contain a couple of interesting tidbits that we highlight below.
First, if you haven’t heard yet, Disney is opening a new transportation method at the end of September that will connect four resorts to two theme parks. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort will connect, via various stations, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
The gondola system will reach about 100 feet off the ground and it’s highest and sweep low over Hourglass Lake at its lowest. Travel times will be anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes between resorts and parks. The system is constantly loading and moving, meaning that waits for the system shouldn’t get as overwhelming as some bus lines can be. As far as capacity, Doppelmayr (and Disney) state that each cabin can hold up to 10 guests. Of course, the reality of the situation will likely lead to a cabin of 6 guests considered “full”.
Ok, with some of the groundwork out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the newer information.
First, Cast Members will earn a starting hourly wage of $12/hour, moving up to $13/hour when the system opens on September 29th.
The second new piece of information, and perhaps the most interesting is the hours that Cast will be expected to work. Keep in mind that this position is considered a guest-facing position (read: not maintenance). According to the job listing, Cast Members will be asked to not only work first and second shifts, but also third shift where applicable. Disney goes on to list hours “as early as 5am” and “as late as 3am, 4am, or 5am”. Disney notes that the Walt Disney World Resort operates 24 hours a day, even if the parks aren’t open. Now, that’s not to say that the gondolas will operate 24 hours a day, because they likely won’t. That said, Disney looks to be anticipating long hours, if not for the Cast Members alone.
For our latest look at the Disney Skyliner gondola system, check out the nearly completed stations at Disney’s Riviera Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!
As a reminder, the Disney Skyliner gondola system officially opens on September 29, 2019.