I don’t know whether the name has changed company-wide, or if it’s different at Walt Disney World. But when I worked at Disneyland, we had a store like this called Company D. I still have a Disney University letterman’s jacket that I bought there. It originally sold in the parks for $375. I got it for $75. And having actually attended Disney University (I believe it’s called “Traditions” now, but it was Disney University when I hired in), it’s a cherished thing of mine.
I love that cast members can buy discounted merchandise — whether it’s slightly damaged, or (like my jacket) something that guests just weren’t buying, I’m glad cast members have this perk. They deserve it.
I often describe my time with Disneyland as “the most fun I’ve ever had at a job,” but I quickly follow up with it being “the hardest I’ve ever worked at a job.” It takes a LOT of work to make magic. It’s worth it, but I like that Disney has always shown appreciation to those who make the magic happen.
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