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Disney College Programs and Internships: Disney Culinary Program

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A unique program where participants work alongside top industry chefs and learn to hone their craft, as well as excellent hospitality skills.

Application Requirements

The Disney Culinary Program occurs year-round, and is individualized in length based upon each student and school. The specific individualized program timeframe will be discussed during the interview.

Disney Culinary Program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a School of Culinary Arts, seeking a certificate or degree OR enrolled in a culinary/baking and pastry school, studying toward a Baking and Pâtisserie Science degree OR have graduated in the past 12 months.
    • Students who have not yet graduated from high school but have dual enrollment with a college are not eligible to apply.
    • Those who have taken college courses, but are currently taking “time off” from school are not eligible to apply.
  • Meet any school requirements for participation
    • Students also must meet any additional criteria their school requires for participation in our program. This may include GPA, grade level and number of credit hours earned. Schools will be contacted to verify eligibility on
  • Candidates must be receptive to our appearance standards, The Disney Look.
    • Participants must be compliant with these guidelines upon arrival.
    • In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment and comply with State-mandated regulatory food standards, all cast members working in Food & Beverage and Merchandise positions that prepare and/or serves food and beverages are required to abide by the Food & Beverage Nail and Jewelry Policy:
      • Keep fingernails trimmed and filed (not extended beyond the tip of the finger).
      • Not wear fingernail polish and/or artificial nails.
      • Not wear jewelry on arms or hands, including wristwatches and medical information jewelry. The exception is a plain (commitment) ring, without stones, raised designs or jagged edges. Acceptable options for medical jewelry include necklaces and ankle bracelets.
      • If you have a tattoo below the elbow, make-up may not be worn to cover the tattoo since it can potentially contaminate food, equipment, utensils or unwrapped single-service articles. Furthermore, the Food Code requires that food employees shall wash their hands and exposed portions of their arms immediately before engaging in food preparation including working with exposed food, clean equipment and utensils, and unwrapped single-service articles and other times.
      • Additionally, from an on-stage appearance perspective, if the tattoo is above the elbow, a company-authorized costume/shirt or opaque makeup (for small tattoos) may be worn to conceal the tattoo. Tattoos on other exposed portions of the body can be covered with the costume, or for small tattoos, opaque makeup provided on-stage appearance guidelines are followed.  For tattoos below the elbow, tattoo cover sleeves may be worn as a set to cover the arm tattoos. Tattoo sleeve covers must be a neutral tone (solid white or black) and complementary to the costume. All looks should not be distracting and must meet show quality standards.
    • Be at least 18 years of age by the time the program begins.
    • Possess unrestricted work authorization.

Work Overview

A Unique Working Experience

The Walt Disney World Resort, covering more than 47 square miles, is one of the largest and most exciting vacation destinations. Over the span of Disney's properties, there are more than 300 food and beverage locations with a large span of types of dining experiences.

Though each role offered in the Disney Culinary Program offers a unique and diverse learning experience, all participants will have the opportunity to develop their communication and problem-solving skills, and work on confidence and self-reliance.


Each Culinary Program participant is expected to make between $14.40 and $18.00 per hour. Wage varies depending on the site and role the participant is placed.


Participants are expected to have full work availability. This includes working days, nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime. Shifts can be any time of day, including early morning and after midnight. The range of hours during non-peak season is between 30 and 50 hours. In peak season, participants may be scheduled more than 50 hours per week.

Housing Fees

Weekly Housing Payment
Housing costs range from $114 to $205 per week depending on the size of the apartment and which apartment complex a participant is assigned to live in during his or her program.

Housing costs are automatically deducted weekly from cast members’ paychecks, so they don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. This cost includes all utilities such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at each complex.

Fees due upon accepting Disney Culinary Program invitation
A total of $390 will be due at the time a participant accepts their invitation to participate in the program. This fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment, and a minimal processing fee will be applied. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, Disney will officially reserve the participants’ place on the program.

  • Program Participation Fee ($240)
    • The one-time non-refundable fee helps support the events and activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.
  • Housing Fee ($150)
    • This required non-refundable fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs during the first few weeks of the program.


Disney Culinary Program participants  have the opportunity to live with people from all over the country, and potentially from around the world. Disney Housing complexes are diverse in their amenities and offer the opportunity to meet fellow participants and create a sense of community. One- to four-bedroom apartments are available, with up to eight participants residing in an apartment.

Housing accommodations are assigned based on gender and available inventory at the time of housing registration.

Here is our list of amenities included in the housing costs for every participant:

  • Fully furnished apartment.
  • Kitchen appliances, utensils, and dishes.
  • All utilities, including water, electricity, and waste disposal.
  • Local phone service and one central phone.
  • Maintenance of the apartments.
  • Computer labs.
  • High-speed Internet access in all apartments.
  • Cable ready.
  • Centrally located laundry facilities.
  • Onsite security.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Weight rooms.
  • Tennis, basketball and racquetball courts.

Each complex and apartment layout is unique. Amenities may differ between apartments.

Alternatively, some participants may have family near Walt Disney World® Resort or are already familiar with the local area may prefer to live off-site. Please note: Off-site participants are unable to utilize company-sponsored transportation.

Housing Policies

Room Assignments
All accommodations will be assigned by gender and available inventory at the time of housing registration. Each apartment may house up to eight participants.

Please note: housing is only allowed for participants of the program, and no one under the age of 18 is permitted in housing.

***All apartments, courtyards and hallways are designated non-smoking.

Guests are welcome to visit a participant’s apartment complex, however overnight guests are not allowed.

Transportation in Florida
Transportation service is available to cast members who live at one of our apartment complexes only. Shuttles to work and local merchants for groceries and sundries also are provided.

Although transportation is provided, participants are encouraged to bring a vehicle if they have one, for their convenience. All participants who operate a vehicle on property must:

  • Have valid automobile liability insurance issued by an insurance company registered and authorized to sell automobile liability insurance in the United States (including the State of Florida) that will cover any property damage or personal injury (including but not limited to serious bodily injury or death) caused by the participant while operating the vehicle.
  • Purchase a parking permit.
  • Have a valid driver's licenese.

All participants are responsible for their own transportation to the check-in location on their arrival day.


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