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Cast Members Turned Couples at the Disneyland Resort

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With 25,000 cast members, it’s no surprise that many find true love while working at the Disneyland Resort. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating two of these couples here on the Disney Parks Blog!

Andrew Salter and Alyssa Allinson met in 2008. The couple worked together at their favorite attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean. Just like Alyssa’s parents, they had their first date at Disneyland park, and even shared their first kiss in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Andrew said, “Over the course of the next four years, I decided I wanted to marry her. I was just having so much fun. I started brainstorming how to ask.” On October 17, 2012, Andrew made arrangements to bring Alyssa to the Disneyland Dream Suite for the first time, where he popped the question. They plan to get married in August.

Nick and Diane Filippone first met in Fantasyland in 1999, when Diane was an attraction hostess and Nick was working in training and development. Their paths crossed again when they helped prepare for the opening of Disney California Adventure park. The couple married in 2004, and walked into their wedding reception to the soundtrack for Soarin’ Over California. Now, they have two little girls, Sarah and Amanda, who love riding Storybook Land Canal Boats and have Nick remind them that, “Mommy used to do that.” After nearly 13 happy years together, Nick and Diane agree that the Disneyland Resort truly is a place where dreams come true.


  • My wife and I are also married former Cast Members. We met while driving safaris at Kilimanjaro Safaris back in 2003.The Village of Harambe was magic for us!

  • Does Disney send all their couples valentine’s cards? My husband and I met in college and I love the cards they send every year!

  • This is the cutest blog post so far. What a great idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

  • Two of my sons went to WDW as part of the International program, working in Le Cellier at the Canadian pavilion. While there, they met and fell in love with two young women also in the program. The older son married his “Disney Souvenir” last September (and they are now expecting their first baby!) and the young one will marry the lovely young woman he met this October. I tell my friends – forget about online dating services, just send your kids to work for Disney!

  • @Teresa – I love your comment about your son’s “Disney Souvenir” because my parents jokingly said the same thing about my husband. I met my husband when we were both on the college program and we have both returned to become Cast Members once again!

  • Congrats to you, Diane!!! It’s been a while, but I remember working with you on Storybook back in the day. 🙂

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