Among the 500 job roles present at Disneyland Paris, there are certainly a few unexpected ones, including coppersmiths gilders, cabinetmakers, and stained-glass artists. There are close to 30 rare jobs, deeply rooted in French tradition and artisanal crafts, at Disneyland Paris. The resort is a place where these jobs can flourish, and preserve centuries-old knowledge. Because knowledge sharing is essential – especially with these kinds of jobs – some of these artisans have taken on apprentices, to train the next generation of professionals.
Disneyland Paris News is giving you the inside scoop on a few of these unusual job roles and the specialised Cast Members that contribute to the guest experience, maintain traditions, and ensure that work completed around the resort is authentic.
After spending a year in social work, Amélie decided to become a copper smith on the recommendation of a friend that worked as one. Amélie registered at the Bondoufle trade school in Essonne. When Disneyland Paris contacted the school for a coppersmith apprentice, Amélie applied for the job. Her career at Disneyland Paris made it possible for her to get a bac pro degree 2 years ago. To get the degree, she created a pirates’ chest which – to her great pride – combines old fashioned coppersmithing (by hand) with industrial coppersmithing (by machine). Thanks to her job at Disneyland Paris, Amélie has learned many ways of soldering, and has been able to broaden her knowledge and skills.
Luciana began her career with two years in the sewing workshop, before joining a consulting group regarding employee costumes. Luciana then worked on materials purchasing, and returned to the workshop in 2005. Today, she is a creator who specializes in princess dresses. Her team has several other members, including an apprentice. For Luciana, sharing knowledge is an important part of their daily life… And she has experiences to share! From working in costuming at the Paris opera house, to working for the famed couturier Madame Gré, and even designing costumes for dancers at the Alcazar de Paris cabaret, Luciana’s experiences put a bit of magic in every stitch!
After working in large-distribution glass making, Eric arrived at Disneyland Paris in 1998. Eric was trained as a carpenter, but a growing interest in glass led him to try his hand at stained glass window work, before creating his very own “Design Déco” workshop three years ago. He runs every aspect of the workshop, from taking orders to completing projects. His work includes restoring original pieces, renovations, and even custom creations. Today, this glass-maker is in charge of creating and repairing stained glass windows around the Disney Parks, to the delight of guests looking for colour and magic!
Jacqueline received her French A-levels in commerce and worked in a boutique for several months, and then joined the Figure Finishing workshop in 1992. She trained in gilding, and became a specialist in gilding carrousel horses. However, calling Jacqueline a simple gilder would be reductive. At Disneyland Paris, Jacqueline also learned black light painting, mousse sculpture, and aerography. Among her many varied responsibilities, though, Jacqueline is most proud of her design for children’s corners in the resort’s hotels.