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Walt Disney World Resort Selects 2013 – 2014 Ambassador Team

posted on October 12th, 2012 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

As a relatively new cast member, I was both touched and excited today to be included in a long-standing tradition that has become such an important part of our company’s heritage: the announcement of our two newest Disney Ambassadors.

During a special ceremony at the American Gardens Theatre at Epcot, cast members Tye Arnold and Rich Tamayo were selected for this revered role.

As they received their gold pins in the midst of confetti, cheers and fanfare, both became part of a special group of cast members who have carried on a tradition started by Walt Disney himself in 1965, when he was overwhelmed with appearance requests. Today, Ambassadors may be seen at community events, helping build playgrounds, sorting school supplies for children, greeting special guests and honoring fellow cast members for anniversaries and milestones.

Today’s announcement marks the culmination of an intensive, two-month search for candidates who exemplify the talent and excellence of Walt Disney World Resort and demonstrate an understanding of the company’s heritage and, above all, Disney passion.

Representing more than 64,000 cast members, the pair will share the magic of Disney throughout the resort and the Central Florida community from January 2013 through December 2014.

Congratulations, Tye and Rich!

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Skip from FL on October 12th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Welcome to the blog Ms. Wilma!


Jean from ME on October 13th, 2012 at 10:58 am

Congratulations Tye and Rich enjoy your year of being Ambassadors. Hope to see you around “THE World”.


Nicole on October 14th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Welcome aboard, Ms. Colon! And congratulations for getting selected to take part in something so special!

Also, congratulations Tye and Rich! I’m sure you will do Walt Disney World proud!


Wilma on October 16th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Thanks. I look forward to sharing many more blogs with you!


Janet on October 17th, 2012 at 4:13 am

How exciting for those two gentlemen. I’m sure they’ll make their fellow Cast Members proud. Congratulations to them.