What it's like to work on a Disney cruise
Disney is an iconic brand in entertainment, and actors and actresses play a huge role in making audiences believe that anything can happen when you 'wish upon a star.' (Sorry, we had to.)
So what does it take for performers to turn a cruise ship into a place where dreams come true? According to one actress, months of training and a strict regimen once you're out to sea.
Raye, who chose not to give her last name or the role she played, performed on a Disney Cruise ship for seven months. She told Business Insider that, prior to boarding the ship, she trained for two months at a circus school in Toronto.
And for good reason. She says 'performing on a moving ship is a whole other ball game. We needed special safety training for the pyrotechnic and the flying scenes. We had to learn how to dance and move on a stage when it's rocking.'
The cruises were seven days long and Raye said she performed five nights a week, but even on her off days, she was technically on, greeting the ship's passengers in character alongside Disney's first couple, Mickey and Minnie. Daily Mail reports that 'character integrity' was of the utmost importance. (The site also included these photos of Raye from Facebook.)
Raye also discussed some of the less dreamy parts of the cruise experience, such as living in a tiny cabin without a window or cell service or - heaven forbid - not being able to tan.
But she ultimately chalked that up to the fantasy aspect of her role and said, 'Belle can't have a bikini line.' Well, that's true.