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The Seater Position at Hollywood Studios

From what I’ve heard, the seater position can vary from location to location. This differs from other DCP jobs that I’ve heard about. Merchandise, for example, seems to be pretty consistent in that you sell items and you stock them. There may be slight variations according to location. However, these are the main tasks. The seater position, though, has a few more responsibilities that I originally did not associate with the title of the job.

I am a seater at Hollywood and Vinein Hollywood Studios (You can check out my post about how I like working in this park here). It is a character dining experience and an all you care to eat buffet. Because I am here in the fall, it is now all of the characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy) in Halloween costumes. In the mornings, the restaurant hosts Disney Junior characters (Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, Vamparina (formerly Jake the Neverland Pirate), and Roadster Goofy).

When I first received the email that I would be a Seater, I had thought that I would be spending most of my time as a hostess. My first day of work, I realized that this was just a very small part of the position. Seaters at Hollywood and Vine are responsible for communicating with guests at the front podium, taking them to their seats, replenishing silverware at each serving stations and at the serving stations of 50’s Prime Time Café (the neighboring restaurant), restocking the dessert buffet, and keeping the entrée buffet clean. I wasn’t expecting the last three responsibilities, although they do break up the day nicely. Most of the seaters are CPs. So, if you get seater upon your acceptance into the program, it’s possible that you will be stationed at Hollywood and Vine.

Our costumes aren’t terrible. However, I will not be posting a picture of it on the internet. The cast is supposed to be themed as 1940’s wannabe movie stars. You can picture the costume. To fit the theme, every family that we bring into the restaurant is called as if they are going into a casting call. “Now casting …”.

So far, my time at work has been great. It’s long days. However, because I am in food and beverage, I do get an hour break. I’ve also met some amazing people and am excited to go to work every day.

2 Comments

  • Jenna

    Hi! My name is Jenna and I’m in Food & Beverage! And I was just wondering if you could provide me with tips on getting the “Seater” role? Any tips on what to talk about in your phone interview? What roles did you include as your top choices? Did you rank both Seater and QSFB? Thank you!

    • admin

      Hi Jenna! First of all, congratulations! You’re gonna love it! In my phone interview, I was really open to pretty much any position just because I was super excited about doing the program – I didn’t really care what I got. However, I have worked as a hostess in a few restaurants before and most of the CPs I worked with at H&V had similar experiences in the food industry. I would suggest highlighting that experience if you have it. I would also suggest just telling them about your interest in the seater position. From what I saw at Disney, they seemed to be interested in making their cast happy so that we, in turn, could make the guests have a great experience. If they know you really want to work in that role, they may put you there just based on that fact. Good luck with everything! Whatever role you get, I’m sure you’re going to love it! 🙂

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