Cast Members Enjoy Exclusive Surprises During Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI


We’ve been dazzling guests with surprises since the launch of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – and as part of “60 Days of Dazzle,” our cast members are being surprised, too! Exclusive opportunities for us are one of my favorite parts of working at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s a look at how we are being dazzled during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration:

  • Through August 15, the Diamond Mine Cart, a specially wrapped van covered in magnets, is traveling around backstage areas for cast members to pull a magnet and discover giveaways including games and movie tickets.
  • Cast members are experiencing “Random Acts of Magic” by having their lunch and coffee tabs picked up at cast dining locations periodically. Often, this is done for 60 cast members at a time.
  • Fun photo opportunities, daily treats and commemorative items rounded out “cast appreciation week” for the 60th anniversary.
  • Nearly 3,000 cast members were picked up from their parking location in a Cast Cab, presented by Alamo, and driven to work while being treated to snacks along the way. Their drivers were dressed in chauffeur attire!

“Our cast members create happiness every day for our guests,” said John Van Winkle, cast activities programs and operations manager. “This is our way of creating some magic for them during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and letting them know how much they are truly appreciated for all they do.”


  • Interacting with cast members is one of the best parts of visiting any Disney Park! As a Southern Californian, I attest to Disneyland’s fabulous Cast Members and their ability to make a visit magical, even if you’ve been a million times!

  • This is lovely.

    Disney Cast members are the best & it’s lovely they’re being treated 🙂

  • Great perks for the great Cast Members.

  • It’s like Year of a Million Dreams!…..If you worked there. 🙂
    But yes, Walt had personal high standards for his Disneyland West employees, and it’s fitting the spirit perfectly to see that be part of the Anniversary ceremony.

  • As someone who has experienced amaaazing cast members on my many trips to Disneyland, I say, Congrats! I am so happy to see that CM’s are being treated extra special at this time. Well deserved!

  • Fantastic! Cast Members deserve this so I am so happy for them.
    Way to go Disney!

  • SO awesome that the hard working Cast Members are getting treated to such appreciation and wonderful surprises! I am sure that this makes them even more motivated to provide the amazing level of customer service that Disney Cast Members are known for! Go Disney!!!

  • I’m so happy that Cast Members get to enjoy the Celebration too! Well done, Disney!

  • Very nice! Cast members really do add extra magic, so nice they can experience some as well.

  • That’s awesome! It’s nice to see that Disney magic is shown to both guests and staff members.

  • Great to hear. Thanks to all the Cast for the things you do… each and every day and night!

  • What a great story. I’m so glad to hear that you awesome cast members are being appreciated. We are always lucky enough to be sprinkled with Disney “magic” in some way or another when we visit the parks. Disney cast members are awesome and deserve some magic of your own. Bravo Disney leadership!!

  • James’ wife here – That is so great appreciating your cast members, makes it full circle!

    Way to go WDL!

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