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Former employees reveal what it's like to work at Disney parks over the holidays

INSIDER Logo By Joanna Fantozzi of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 7: 
  
    INSIDER interviewed two former Disney World employees
    about their experiences during one of the most crowded times to
    visit: the December holidays.
  
  
    Christmas week is especially crowded, but New Year's
    Eve is the most hectic - the parks usually hit capacity early
    on.
  
  
    Disney employees get extra guest passes and other
    seasonal perks during this time of year.
  

  December has to be one of the most magical times of year to visit
  Disney
  parks. From 
  the magic of Christmas to the non-stop parties on New Year's
  Eve, the winter holidays are consistently one of the most popular
  times to go to Disney World.

  But what is it really like to work at Disney World and
  Disneyland during the holidays? In a word: hectic. 

  INSIDER spoke with two former Disney cast members - Heather
  Sliwinski, who worked as an Epcot greeter in 2008, and Mike
  Jacobs, who played Goofy for 20 years at Disney World - about
  their experiences working the long shifts during the holiday
  season.

  • INSIDER interviewed two former Disney World employees about their experiences during one of the most crowded times to visit: the December holidays.
  • Christmas week is especially crowded, but New Year's Eve is the most hectic - the parks usually hit capacity early on.
  • Disney employees get extra guest passes and other seasonal perks during this time of year.

December has to be one of the most magical times of year to visit Disney parks. From the magic of Christmas to the non-stop parties on New Year's Eve, the winter holidays are consistently one of the most popular times to go to Disney World.

But what is it really like to work at Disney World and Disneyland during the holidays? In a word: hectic.

INSIDER spoke with two former Disney cast members - Heather Sliwinski, who worked as an Epcot greeter in 2008, and Mike Jacobs, who played Goofy for 20 years at Disney World - about their experiences working the long shifts during the holiday season.

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