Happy Veterans Day from the Disney Parks Blog

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served in the U.S. armed forces!

Please join us today in reflecting on all of those who have helped protect our freedoms, including these Disneyland Resort cast members:

Celebrating Veterans Day with Disneyland Resort Cast Members Elvia Huizar, Alex Leal, Russell Fenton and Andy Grenier

Elvia Huizar
Food & Beverage

Elvia worked at the Disneyland Resort during high school and enlisted in the Air Force after a conversation with a fellow cast member. She was stationed abroad in Germany, Korea and Kirkuk, Iraq, where she spent nearly five months serving as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Alex Leal

When Alex joined the Navy he was excited about the opportunities on the horizon. Three tours later, Alex continues to passionately serve his country. A recent tour took him to Kuwait working hand-in-hand with the Army for Navy customs.

Russell Fenton
Facilities Asset Management

Inspired by the Sept. 11 attacks, Russell enlisted in the National Guard and embarked on his first overseas tour in August. He is currently on extended military leave in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returning to work here at the Disneyland Resort next year.

Andy Grenier
Fire Protection Engineer

Andy maintains his status as a Coast Guard reservist, proudly stepping up when called upon. Last year, he was deployed to New Orleans as part of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill relief efforts.


  • How would one get a position with Disney after military service? I am active duty but am looking for a career after I leave it. Thanks!

  • The flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland today was a moving experience. A sincere Thank You to all who have served.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman who is both member of our armed forces and also an excellent Disneyland CM. Jaime who was our guide on an Adventures by Disney tour. Jaime had returned from a military leave to go on the tour. It is amazing that such men and women do such a great job both protecting the magic and making the magic every day.

  • Thank you veterans. My grandpa, who passed away in Sept. 2010, was a WW2 vet and loved to visit Disneyland. He loved that place. Thank You DPB. 🙂

  • My husband proudly stood under the flagpole in his Marine dress blues for the past two years. Shame he isn’t a cast member anymore, he loved showing his pride in his country, and his park.
    It is an awesome honor both to and for the cast members who participate in this celebration, and I was thrilled to be able to be there to witness it.


  • My brother Ken proudly served his country, 4 years enlisted, 12 years as a resservist. He had only been at Disneyland for a short time when he was called back to active duty during Desert Storm. The army sent his to Saudi Arabia; thankfully we got him back! He has been a Disneyland crew member now for over 20 years!!!

  • Thank you to all who are serving or have served! I appreciate the sacrifices that you and your families have made and continue to make for my freedom.

  • Ernie

    Ernie served in the United States Marine Corp, retired, and went to work at Disneyland where he honors our Veterans at the Flag Retreat ceremony!

  • Why not salute those who are working at the Park now that have served their country?

    • Hi Rhonda – each of the cast members featured are currently working at the Disneyland Resort. Russell is on military leave right now as he serves overseas, but he and the others listed are current Disneyland Resort cast members.

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