Getting a job as a DJ at Disney World in Orlando, FL is a pretty big deal. Not only can you go to high profile events, but you can also see all the secret party venues that most people have no idea about.
DJ Michael Wycoff spilled the tea and he kept nothing from Narcity. From celebrity events at which he had the honor of performing to salary ranges, he is an open book!
Wycoff answered some of Narcity’s burning questions in an email interview, and he told us that besides weddings, one of the biggest benefits of his job is working at high-profile events.
He was able to announce two majors for which he recently worked.
Remember Lieutenant Dan, played by Gary Sinise, from Forrest Gump? He opened for Sinise’s orchestra at a charity event at Epcot.
He also worked on the 20th reunion of the 90’s Mouse Eaters, their families and 5,000 fans.
He did not specify which one of the stars of the Mickey Mouse club was present, but some big names who were part of this era, celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera.
Wycoff said many companies around the world like to host private parties at the parks – so much so that they will rent out an entire portion of the park.
“I did an event at Hollywood Studios inside Pizza Rizzo’s where the company bought it for 2 hours, and when Toy Story had land, all to themselves after the park was close for another two hours. So they did all the rides like that. “they could drive there regularly. they wanted to, as well as a private dessert party there,” he wrote to us.
Other private event spaces include Expedition Everest, DinoLand, the American Rotunda and Pandora.
“There’s way too much to list, but two of the coolest are the Living Seas aquarium space that is above the Finding Nemo ride at Epcot, and the General Motors lounge that is hidden above the test track, also in Epcot, he said.
Wycoff stated that he sometimes has to adjust his music lists depending on the occasion or the park where he is. For example, when Mickey arrives, he has to play the character’s theme song. If he’s part of the park in the African – themed Animal Kingdom, he’ll play Afro – pop.
Disney DJs can earn $ 45,000- $ 70,000, which varies depending on whether you work part-time or put in full-time hours.