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‘Heroes Work Here’ Update

posted on May 23rd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

We have a few updates to share regarding The Walt Disney Company’s Heroes Work Here initiative. First, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve hired about 250 veterans for roles throughout our company since announcing the effort here on the blog in March. And that’s only the beginning – our goal is to provide jobs and career opportunities to at least 1,000 military vets over the next three years.


Next, we’ve kicked off the first of three Heroes Work Here Career Expos . Yesterday, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger welcomed veterans to the Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank for an event designed to help attendees sharpen their job-seeking skills, like resume writing and interviewing techniques. Participants also had the opportunity to meet Disney recruiters and network with Cast Members who served in the military. Similar events are planned for New York City tomorrow and Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday.

Bob was joined at today’s event by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, that promotes cooperation between its members and civilian employers. Bob signed an ESGR Statement of Support as a reflection of our commitment to the many guardsmen, reservists and veterans who work at Disney.

Of course, the expos and hiring program are just a part of the Disney Heroes Work Here commitment. An awareness campaign to encourage employers across the U.S. to hire veterans has already launched. We’re also investing in four organizations – Blue Star Families, The Mission Continues, USA Cares, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America – that provide training and other services to veterans and their families.

If you’d like to learn more, please visit the Heroes Work Here Disney Careers website.

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Kimberly from MA on May 23rd, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Way to go Disney!! Thank you so much for supporting and helping our veterans who sacrificed so much for our country. One more reason Disney is so special to me!!


Travis on May 23rd, 2012 at 4:56 pm

As a veteran, and someone with extensive experience and education, I must have applied to multiple positions within the Disney organization, and I have never heard back any time. How do I submit my resume to someone who will actually look at it, and see how my skills, professional and military experience, and education can be a part of the Disney organization.


Nick from BC on May 24th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hey Thomas, not sure how to contact you, but the Disney Mobile Magic app isn’t available in Canada, as a previous post states. I’ve tried every way to Sunday, but I’m having no luck.

Any thoughts? Or does anyone know how to actually contact anyone about this?



Al on May 25th, 2012 at 9:12 am

Hey I wish to thank everyone involved with The Heroes Work Here event. I attended the event in Orlando yesterday (5/24/2012) and found it one of the most professional and informative sessions I have ever attended. I picked up a lot of good information.

Special thanks to the Facilitators of the break out sessions.

Thanks Disney