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Every Role a Starring Role – Walt Disney Travel Company Reservation Agent for the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” cast member John Gassman helps guests and travel agents book vacation packages to the Disneyland Resort. As the first visually impaired cast member at the Walt Disney Travel Company, John’s method of booking reservations and helping guests with their vacation needs truly amazed me. Check it out for yourself!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Guest Talent Coordinator for Special Events Such as Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Guest Talent Coordinator Danny Gaitan hosts guest performers at the Disneyland Resort during special events such as runDisney race weekends and holiday celebrations. Danny says he creates magic not only for our guests who experience the performances, but also for the performers who get the opportunity to entertain on a world-class stage.

Danny currently supports Disney ¡Viva Navidad! in Disney California Adventure park. The celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions is one of my favorite holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort, and I especially enjoy watching the dancers that Danny brings in for the event. I hope you will enjoy meeting Danny and learning about his role in this “Every Role a Starring Role!

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Wildlife Wednesday: Disney Conservation Director’s Pioneering Work with Cotton-Top Tamarins Honored

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


In this Wildlife Wednesday series, you have heard from our conservation director Anne Savage, Ph.D., about our commitment to conservation and the projects we lead globally to help save species from becoming extinct.

I am very proud to share with you that Anne just received an extremely prestigious award in the field of conservation. Anne has been named one of this year’s Lowell Thomas Awardees from The Explorers Club. This esteemed award “celebrates explorers who exhibit excellence and innovation in conservation, with emphasis on emerging techniques and technologies that meaningfully contribute to our knowledge of the world and how we protect it.”

Whether helping educate guests at Walt Disney World Resort or contributing to wildlife and habitat protection around the world, Anne has helped lead Disney’s bold environmental approach as conservation director for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment.

Anne has been the recipient of past awards, but with this new honor, she joins a century’s old society of celebrated pioneers and legendary explorers, including President Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and Sally Ride. Wow.

Anne is very deserving of this exceptional award. She has been integral in the protection of cotton-top tamarins, a critically endangered primate found only in the tropical forests of Colombia. She has worked with the Colombian conservation group Proyecto Tití (a Disney Conservation Fund grant recipient) to develop a comprehensive, long-term strategy to protect wild cotton-top tamarins – arguably one of the best and well-rounded conservation programs in the world.

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As part of this more than 25-year program, Anne and her team have helped inspire a national movement to save this small monkey. She her team have developed education and sustainable income-generating programs for the rural communities surrounding the tamarins’ forest habitat. Her team has been instrumental in establishing Aug. 15 as a Colombian national holiday known as “Day of the Cotton-Top.” And she has successfully worked with the government to establish protected areas that will help this species.

Have you seen the cotton-top tamarins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? They are about the size of a squirrel with a large poof of white hair on their heads. The next time you visit, be sure to visit them on Discovery Island and Rafiki’s Planet Watch. You can even have a Starbucks flat white beverage at Creature Comforts right next to their habitat on Discovery Island – for every purchase, a donation is made to the Disney Conservation Fund!

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Every Role a Starring Role: Disneyland Resort Mechanical Engineer

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort Mechanical Engineer Natasha Pavlovsky visited Disneyland park for the first time after moving to America from Russia 20 years ago.

“We were smitten by the atmosphere of happiness and joy, bright colors and music and the variety of attractions and shows,” Natasha said. She was inspired to apply to work at the Disneyland Resort.

Today, Natasha says the variety of mechanical systems used at the Disneyland Resort makes working here an engineer’s dream job. Learn more about Natasha and her role in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana: Youth Activities Counselor at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


We recently started showcasing the magical roles of cast members at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in “Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana” right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Today, I’m excited to continue the series with Jamie, a Youth Activities Counselor at Aunty’s Beach House. One of the great things about this interactive kids club is that most activities are included with your stay at Aulani! Enjoy learning more about Jamie’s unique role in the video below.

To help save you time during your vacation to Aulani, be sure and pre-register your keiki for Aunty’s Beach House online here!

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Every Role a Starring Role: Tiki Juice Bar Hostess at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 4th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite snacks at the Disneyland Resort is a Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar. The popular treat has been served at the Tiki Juice Bar since 1976 when the location was first sponsored by Dole with the Enchanted Tiki Room.

With the summer heat, we wanted to spotlight Tiki Juice Bar Hostess Jenn Pitoniak, who helps serve more than 960,000 Dole Whips each year at the Disneyland Resort! Learn more about Jenn’s role in this “Every Role a Starring Role.”

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Every Role a Starring Role: Disneyland Resort Show Operations Host

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort cast member Adam Rieders helps create a smooth experience for guests watching the “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. You may have met Adam already if you have been to Disneyland park recently to watch these new nighttime shows for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, especially if you showed up early to choose your spot.

Adam says while his role can be challenging, he is lucky enough to experience these shows nearly every night, and one of his favorite parts is watching the reactions of guests. Now it’s your turn to watch Adam in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Every Role a Starring Role – Hotel Programs Coordinator

posted on November 26th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Did you know that guests staying at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels have an opportunity to participate in fun, exclusive activities? Hotel Programs Coordinator Dave Lay and his team work together to create and facilitate these unique experiences for our hotel guests, including learning to drawing Mickey Mouse and morning power walks through Disney California Adventure park, before it’s open to day guests! Watch how Dave leads hotel guests through these one-of-a-kind activities in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disney Vacation Club Sales Associate

posted on October 8th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As a Disney Vacation Club Sales Associate, Jose Colon has the opportunity to listen to guests share favorite Disney Parks vacation memories, tell them how Disney Vacation Club could be a part of their next vacation experience and provide assistance to them while visiting the Disneyland Resort. In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” see how Jose shows guests the exciting vacation possibilities that await with Disney Vacation Club.

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Every Role a Starring Role — Disney University Traditions Assistant

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


When attractions cast member Alyson Clancy isn’t sending guests on adventures in Frontierland or Adventureland, she welcomes new cast members to the Disneyland Resort as a Disney University Traditions Assistant. In this role, Alyson teaches the Traditions course, our version of first day orientation. See how Alyson inspires new cast to create happiness and bring magic to our guests in this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role”!

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