Disney Hiring Overview For 2023

Founded 1923

Type Public

Headquarters Burbank, CA

Size Large Corporation

Industry Entertainment

Maybe you’re a kid at heart and just love animation! Working in entertainment would make sense, but what if Disney hires felons? That would be the ultimate role for those who enjoy the franchise!

To figure out if Disney would hire you, despite a criminal record, we asked them directly. We do this with every company we profile, and so far that’s over 1,000! Our research is second to none. As ex-felons and people who care about helping them resettle in the community, we do everything we can to find reliable information about companies you’re interested in.

If you’re curious about the company, keep reading as we answer the following:

  • How does Disney do background checks?
  • Does Disney hire people with misdemeanors?
  • What kinds of jobs do they have?

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Does Disney hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

When we contacted the company, they told us there was no department to answer our questions but that we could find all our answers on their careers page. However, the website was unclear about if you can get a job at Disney with a felony.

Has Disney hired felons in the past?

It seems like they have, but we haven’t heard directly from the company.

Does Disney hire people with misdemeanors?

Unfortunately, we don’t know.

Will Disney hire you with pending charges?

If your pending charges are minor, there’s a chance. But you’ll need to be honest about the circumstances and make sure you can still do the job you’re applying for if found guilty.

Current Job Openings At Disney


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642 days ago

As Groups System Administrator, you will work with internal Cast Members providing systems access, support and sustainment for multiple applications including creating and maintaining the ticketing structure for the Groups ticket products. You will…

Colonial Heights, VA

642 days ago

As a Water Sciences Dive Technician, you will manage the daily commercial diving operation of cleaning Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park’s animal pools. You will set up dive stations,…

Tarpon Springs, FL

642 days ago

Do you like to make a difference in the lives of families through entertainment? Do you have a passion for delivering experiences that resonate for all Guests, including underrepresented audiences? Do you enjoy making live entertainment experiences…


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What are the chances of Disney hiring a felon?

Is Disney on the Ban the Box list?

No, Disney is not on the Ban the Box list. If they were, it would tell us that they’ve taken the criminal record checkbox off their application form. Companies on the list do this to show they’ll only look at your record once they review your job qualifications.

Furthermore, the company hasn’t taken the Fair Chance Business Pledge. This means they haven’t publicly pledged to treat applicants fairly, whether or not they have a criminal record.

Does Disney have special programs for hiring felons?

The answer is no, the company has no such programs.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Uncertain likelihood of hiring felons

Unfortunately, in our opinion, the odds are uncertain. We don’t have any firsthand information one way or the other about their hiring practices. Our research showed slight support for the company having hired justice-involved individuals in the past, but it looks like hiring would depend on your particular record.

How to get hired at Disney with a felony

What are some entry-level jobs?

We’ve found examples of some entry-level jobs at Disney. Keep in mind that for some you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent. You may also need some related experience.

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, most jobs involve entertaining guests. For example, you could work as an Actor/Cast Member in a theater production, or participate with children in activities and games as a Host/Hostess. Other jobs support the park’s operation. These include driving park-goers around as a Transportation Bus Driver, booking reservations and tickets as a Guest Service Agent or selling merchandise as a Sales Associate.

If you’re interested in working on a Disney cruise line, or in a theatre or store, there are a few other entry-level positions you can look up on their website.

On the other hand, if you’re more tech-savvy, you could apply to their customer service and tech support departments!

Tips to get hired here with a felony

Begin by going to the Disney careers page. In addition to job listings, this page has some links that help explain how to get hired at Disney. For example, you can find out how to audition for a cast member role or work on a Disney cruise line.

Use your resume to apply online to the postings you’re interested in.

One of the best ways to get hired at Disney is by referral. Do you know someone who works there? If not, ask people you know if they can give you the name of someone who already works for Disney. Then, reach out to ask the employee if they’ll give you a referral.

To get ready for an interview, it’s a good idea to practice. One way is to find a friend who can play the part of the hiring manager and ask you questions. If there’s no one to do this, then play both roles by yourself. Hearing yourself answering the questions will boost your confidence ahead of the interview!

Try practicing these typical interview questions we learned online that Disney asks:

  • Why do you want to work for Disney?
  • Do you like people?
  • How would you handle a difficult guest?
  • When should you call your manager for assistance?
  • What makes you a good employee?

Most of all, remember that you have unique skills and life experiences to offer! Be prepared to talk these up to improve your odds to get a job at Disney with a felony.

Does Disney do background checks?

Yes, they do. We say this based mainly on researching online comments from Disney employees. On the Disney Discussion Forum DISboards, staff confirmed that background checks are done during onboarding. You’ll be asked to provide details about your criminal record at this point. If you pass the background check, the job offer stands.

The company website gives very little indication of what’s included in a background check. The online application says only that a job offer may rely on passing a medical exam and providing honest information. The focus on providing honest information leaves Disney open to verifying anything you put in your application.

Each state does background checks a little differently. Here’s what you need to know:

These states only look at the last seven years of your criminal record:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

And you’ll be happy to know that some states don’t care about charges if you were found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Beware, however, that most states will check your whole criminal record:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

Do you want to know how happy Disney employees really are? Then check out this article about their employee survey. It’s a smart move on the company’s part to ask for staff’s input and then publish the results!

We also looked at comments on both Glassdoor and Indeed.

On glassdoor.com, the company gets 3.8 out of 5 stars based on 3,900 reviews. Also, Disney has received a number of awards from Glassdoor. The most recent was making the Best Places to Work list in 2018.

The company is rated 4.2 out of 5 on indeed.com, based on feedback from more than 6,000 people. Employees say they like Disney most of all for its culture, and 80% approve of the CEO.

What felonies Disney will not hire

Charges involving minors will be a no-go for Disney in any customer-facing positions. There are other charges that will provide barriers for you, and may prevent employment. Read below!

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Convictions for assault may make it harder to get a job at Disney with a felony or, for that matter, a misdemeanor. Most jobs involve working closely with others, so being able to show an even temperament is important. The company has a family-oriented image to preserve. Disney is a place where people come to have fun, so the customer experience is critical.

Theft-related offences may also make it more difficult to get hired. Disney wants to ensure you’re not a risk to steal any merchandise or customers’ belongings.

Finally, you may also find drug- or alcohol-related convictions make it more challenging to get the job. Basically, the company wants to know you’ll show up when scheduled to work and are not under the influence.

Does Disney hire sex offenders?

It’s incredibly unlikely they would hire sex offenders, due to the nature of the work.

Does Disney drug test?

Yes, they do. According to online staff comments, this is part of the hiring process.

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