When I Grow Up: The Happiest Job on Earth

How cool would it be if you could hang out in the Magic Kingdom every day? Really cool! Disneyland Cast Member Josh Bally tells us all about it.
Feb 06, 2013

Why my job is awesome: It changes every day, so I get a totally new experience from one day to the next. I can go to work and know that I don't have to sit in a cubicle or do the same thing over and over — I don't think I could handle that. Instead, I can see how I touch people's lives in big and small ways, and that is what is satisfying to me.

An average day on the job: There is no average day. I work at the Happiest Place on Earth — I mean, how many people can say that? I get to do many things at the resort, from parades and shows to Magic Music Days, which is part of Guest Talent Programs and the Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.). This is a really cool program that extends classroom learning by using Disneyland's rides and performances to show kids, in a really fun, hands-on way, how the things they learn in school work in real life.

What I love about my job: Everything. I love doing Y.E.S. (I'm a Y.E.S. learning facilitator, kind of like a teacher and a guide), I love performing, I love my fellow performers and cast members. I love interacting with guests from all over the world. And, like I said before, I love that no day is ever the same.

How I first became interested: I attended college in southern California, and went to Disneyland when a friend from my hometown came to visit. It was a rainy day, and the whole park was empty. We were walking around, and the cast members were all very nice, and the atmosphere generated by the park was so amazing that we both decided we wanted to work there. So I applied and started working here in February 2003. Growing up, I was a Disney fan. They have always been the top of anything they do, be it movies, TV, theme parks, entertainment, or business.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be: A zoologist, a marine biologist, a fireman, a movie star — a multitude of things. I am still fascinated by all of those jobs, and I hope I'll get a chance to explore those options more some day.

How I got where I am today: I auditioned with Disney to be part of the shows. I did not go to acting school, and I actually got my degree in art. I did not participate in a Disney internship . . . at least, not yet.

What stinks about my job: Actually, there isn't really anything I dislike or would change, except maybe the super-hot days in the middle of summer.

My favorite Disney things: I am way impartial — in terms of characters, I love Maleficent, Goofy, and Captain Hook. For movies, my favorites are Robin Hood, Finding Nemo, The Sword in the Stone, Newsies, Babes in Toyland, and the Mighty Ducks movies. Rides? I go for Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Soarin' Over California, and the Tower of Terror.

FYI: Walt Disney once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." The future is the children — they are the next great thinkers and Imagineers. They can do anything they set their heart to.

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