Disneyland Resort cast member Adeena Welle oversees the daily operation of “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park as its stage manager. Part of the show’s original programming team, Adeena has one foot in the creation of the show and one foot in the operation – getting to run it and maintain it for our guests. In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” Adeena explains her responsibilities and gives us a peek into the wonderful world of stage management!
posted on November 27th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
posted on November 26th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
This December, make the holiday season brighter for children in need throughout Orange County, Calif., by donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more at the Disneyland Resort!
Disney was a founding sponsor of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots when the program began in 1947. Disney artists even designed the first Toys for Tots promotional posters and Walt Disney personally supervised the creation of the original Toys for Tots logo, which is still in use today!
- World of Disney
- Something Silver
- La Brea Bakery
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- Jamba Juice
- Build-a-Bear Workshop
- House of Blues
- Wetzel’s Pretzels
- AMC Theatres
- ESPN Zone
- Earl of Sandwich
- Rainforest Cafe
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Anaheim Fire and Rescue will be on hand December 7 and December 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to collect toys at the west end of Downtown Disney District, by AMC Theatres and ESPN Zone.
posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Among them were cast members Dave Smith, Agar Yanulaytis, Rachelle Allen and Mohammad Jaffrey from Disneyland Resort and Ian Craig and Toshia Mcgoldrick from Walt Disney World Resort. The group helped build a classroom for a Quichua community in the upper Amazon.
“In Quito, we piled into buses for a seven-hour ride down from the highlands and into the Amazonian jungle,” Dave, pictured above, said. “At the end of a long, gravel road we finally came to the Napo River where we loaded our gear into motorized canoes and headed down the river. By the end of the week, we had completed much of the foundation work, painted an inspiring mural and learned a lot about the Quichua culture and the community’s desire to find ways to get their children the education they need.”
Agar, above left, said, “At the beginning of each day, the children were so happy to see us, play games, sing songs and work with us.” Rachelle, bottom right, added, “The kids spoke a combination of the local Quichua language and Spanish, but as soon as they saw the Disney VoluntEARS Vinylmation I brought with me, they got huge smiles on their faces and yelled ‘Mickey Mouse!’ Mickey Mouse is all it took to break the language barrier and that warmed my heart.”
Mohammad, pictured below, said, “I was presented the challenge of a mural and asked the local children what they would like it to be. They wanted nature, music, books, soccer, and mathematics. I worked hard to make sure that the mural was their mural. The leaves on the tree include the handprints of all 30 Disney VoluntEARS and the locals.”
“It was amazing to be able to work directly with children and families in Ecuador”, said Ian, pictured bottom right. “We did a little bit of everything, from collecting gravel and digging holes to mixing and pouring concrete. Building this classroom helps provide better access to education for many kids and I certainly will cherish this trip forever.”
posted on November 15th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Did you know today is America Recycles Day? Check out how some of our recycling efforts add up in an average year at the Disneyland Resort!
- 81 million sheets of paper – Enough to create a trail from the Disneyland Resort to the Walt Disney World Resort and back, twice.
- 18 million plastic bottles – Enough to hold the water within the Jungle Cruise rivers.
- 5 million pounds of food scraps – Roughly the weight of 50 Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage submarines.
- 1.5 million aluminum cans – Enough to circle the flume of Grizzly River Run more than 250 times.
- 198,000 pounds of soft plastics – Roughly the weight of seven Red Car Trolleys in Disney California Adventure park.
Learn more about our environmental programs in this video!
posted on November 14th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort cast members bring the magic of storytelling to life for our guests every day, but their creativity doesn’t end there. In fact, many cast members put their talent and energy into creating unique and extraordinary art! Recently, the Disneyland Resort Line, our publication for cast members, put out a call for original artwork that reflects what cast members love most about the Disneyland Resort.
Nearly 75 submissions were received, ranging from acrylic paintings and cartoon sketches to shadow boxes and hand-woven baskets. Here is how some of the “artists among us” expressed their visions of the Disneyland Resort!
John Agnew, Attractions
John’s acrylic painting was selected for the cover of the Disneyland Resort Line. John explains that the couple riding King Arthur Carrousel is modeled after him and his wife. As they catch their reflection in the mirror, they are seen in their younger years. John says, “What I love about the park is that it is timeless … in your heart, you never change age.”
Reuben Jackson, Food & Beverage
Reuben used a stylus and tablet to create this submission inspired by his father, who recently passed away. Reuben says, “May 29, 2013 was the last day I saw my father, and we spent the day here at Disneyland. My illustration depicts family, love and that priceless memory you get with loved ones when visiting ‘The Happiest Place on Earth.’”
Kat Valencia, Food & Beverage
Kat draws inspiration from Disney artists Marc Davis and Mary Blair, as well as her two favorite attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Kat aspires to one day develop storyboards for Walt Disney Studios. She says, “I remember growing up watching Disney [animated] films and thinking ‘That’s so cool, I want to do that!’”
Michael Laverty, Merchandise Planning
A self-taught artist, Mike has been perfecting his woodworking skills for 15 years, creating such items as desktop clocks shaped like watches – featuring Disney characters. He says he uses his art to relax, while also spreading joy to others. “I just hope they walk away with a smile,” he said.
Bob Rhodes, Food & Beverage
Bob created this clock inspired by the evil queen’s magic mirror on the wall. He said, “Our family loves ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ the Arribas Bros. glass shop, and the old clock shop that used to be on Main Street, U.S.A. Coming to Disneyland with my family gave me the inspiration to be an artist.”
posted on October 17th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Ever wonder how trick-or-treating originated or where the Jack O’ Lantern came from? Just ask Disneyland Resort tour guide Josh Salas, who stars in this Halloween Time installment of “Every Role a Starring Role” featuring the “Disney’s Happiest Haunts” Tour!
Check out these posts for more “Every Role a Starring Role”:
posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
The program is funded entirely by cast members through regular payroll deductions or one-time donations. Those who contribute during the year have the opportunity to nominate an organization for a grant up to $5,000.
This year, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Disney VoluntEARS, 10 of those organizations each received an additional $25,000, including the Esperanza Entertainment Unit at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. See their reaction in this video!
Other organizations that received the special $30,000 grants include:
- Beckstrand Cancer Association, Newport Beach
- Boys and Girls Club of Tustin, Tustin
- California Women’s Recovery/The Lynn House, Costa Mesa
- The Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Huntington Beach
- Ontario USO, Ontariov
- Orange County Educational Arts Academy, Santa Ana
- Orange County High School of the Arts, Santa Ana
- Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, Downey
- San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team, San Dimas
posted on September 19th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Sara Curtis has a starring role as the first cast member guests encounter when they enter the Golden Age of Hollywood at the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. Among her duties is hosting a new daily tour of the restaurant’s landmark building and its décor, telling the story of the relationship of the Carthay Circle Theatre to The Walt Disney Company. See how Sara helps evoke the grand elegance of a classic movie premiere in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”
Check out these posts for more “Every Role a Starring Role”:
posted on September 17th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Walt Disney once said it takes people to make the dream a reality. Recently, the Disneyland Resort treated cast members who have dedicated 10 years of service to the Disneyland Resort and every five-year milestone anniversary thereafter to an evening of special entertainment, food offerings and exclusive access to attractions in Adventureland, Frontierland and New Orleans Square, hosted by Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier.
The Disney Parks Blog caught up with cast member Mark Taul at the event, who was celebrating his 45th service anniversary and is a recently named recipient of The Walt Disney Legacy Award, the highest honor cast members, crew members and Imagineers can achieve at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The award recognizes cast members who consistently inspire others, go out of their way to create happiness for guests and team members, and find new ways to deliver Disney magic. Each recipient is nominated and selected by leaders and peers and receives a signature blue name tag allowing them to be recognized on an ongoing basis.
When did you start working at the Disneyland Resort?
I started working at Casa de Fritos in Disneyland park during the holiday season in 1967. Currently I am a food and beverage operations manager.
Is there a particular memory that stands out over your 45-year career?
I would have to say meeting my wife, Sandra, at Casa de Fritos. We have been married for 39 years and have three lovely adult children. My two daughters work at the Disneyland Resort.
What was your favorite part of the service anniversary celebration?
If I only had one favorite I wouldn’t be doing the celebration justice. What really stood out to me was the chance to meet my fellow cast members’ spouses and partners. The food was over the top and having a reception at the Blue Bayou Restaurant for the 40- and 45-year cast members really made me feel special.
What was your reaction to receiving The Walt Disney Legacy Award?
Anyone who knows me knows that I like to talk, so several colleagues pointed out that I was speechless after receiving the award. With only 75 new recipients at the Disneyland Resort out of 25,000 cast members, it makes me stand a little taller when I come to work!
Did you always want to work at the Disneyland Resort?
I only intended to work at the Disneyland Resort as a way to get through school. However, I realized that I wanted to work at a place where the whole goal is to make people happy, so 45 years later, I am still enjoying it as much as ever. Thanks, Walt!
posted on September 13th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
At the Disneyland Resort and throughout our parks and resorts worldwide, it is important to us to find new ways to sustain our environment and conserve our natural resources. That’s why earlier this week, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier and Director of Environmental Affairs Frank Dela Vara joined Marine Life Artist Wyland and Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach to help unveil Adopt A Channel, a new, countywide program that promotes environmental stewardship to keep our waterways clean!
Throughout Orange County, Calif., more than 350 miles of regional flood control channels provide a vital service of protecting life and property from flooding hazards. Unfortunately, these channels collect trash, debris and other pollutants, which, if not removed, end up in the Pacific Ocean.
Over the last year, the Disneyland Resort piloted the program, adopting a two-mile section of the Anaheim-Barber City Channel that flows west of the Disneyland Resort to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. To date, nearly 600 pounds of trash and 12,000 square feet of graffiti have been removed.
OC Public Works is now expanding Adopt A Channel countywide to give other organizations and individuals an opportunity to Adopt A Channel in Orange County and keep our ocean healthy!
Watch this video and visit http://ocwatersheds.com/programs/waterways/adopt_a_channel to learn more.