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Walt Disney World Ambassadors 1980s and ’90s: Where Are They Now?

posted on February 5th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover recently had a series of articles about former Disneyland Resort Ambassadors. In her final article of the series, she acknowledged I once served as a Walt Disney World Ambassador in 2001-2002. Years later, I’m still humbled by the experiences I had with Diana Ballard and Francesca Galarraga during our Ambassadorship. Being an Ambassador Program super fan (I have a photograph with nearly every Walt Disney World Ambassador), I jumped at the chance to check in with some fellow former Ambassadors.

Walt Disney World Ambassadors 1980s and ’90s: Where Are They Now?

Susan (Ralston) Hartnett, 1984
I recently celebrated my 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company! These days you’ll find me at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a Project Manager. My husband Patrick and I have two children who keep us very busy. My year as a Disney Ambassador was an extraordinary experience; I learned so much about building relationships and collaborating with others.

Dawn (Kuchar) Brogan, 1992
I currently live in Dover, Ohio with my husband, Fran, whom I met during my Ambassador year. We have four
children, ages 6 to 16, so much of our time is spent participating in activities with them. I am excited to celebrate my 25th anniversary with the Company this year. I telecommute from Ohio as a Recognition Manager for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, supporting global recognition initiatives.

Rhonda Anderson-Robinson, 1995
I am currently part of the administrative support team for Magic Kingdom Restaurant Operations. I live in Orlando with my husband, Kevin, and celebrated my 20th anniversary with the Company in 2012.

Walt Disney World Ambassadors 1980s and ’90s: Where Are They Now?

Melissa Valiquette, 1997
I’m still making magic as General Manager of Entertainment at the Magic Kingdom. My husband Jay and I have a son and daughter, ages 13 and 10. We are a Disney family at work and play! My favorite Ambassador memory is when I hosted a Disneyana dinner with Disney Legend Carl Barks. He was celebrating his 96th birthday with us and shared with me his experiences with Walt Disney.

Walt Disney World Ambassadors 1980s and ’90s: Where Are They Now?

Gregory Taylor, 1999
I’m currently a District Sales Manager for Disney Travel Agency Sales based in Atlanta, Georgia, and celebrated my 19th anniversary with the Company. I am very proud of recently graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Business Administration degree. My wife, Suzanne, our three children (Noah, Luke and Ava), and I enjoy taking our annual Disney Cruise Line vacation, staying fit, eating healthy and having as much fun as possible.

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Katie on February 5th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

How does one become a Walt Disney World Ambassador?

 

Steven Miller on February 11th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

@Katie – Cast Member interview for the role. There is certain eligibility requirements related to length of service, etc. There are multiple panel interviews, including an interview with the executive leadership team for Walt Disney World. The interview process itself is pretty incredible as candidates learn so much about the Company. I interviewed for the 2000 Ambassador team and was selected as a final candidate. I interviewed again the following year and was selected for the 2001 team.

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