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Disney Cast Members Create Magic During the Special Olympics USA Games

Lianna Riley

by , Communications Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort

Wow. I just had the best week. Last week, Walt Disney World welcomed more than 5,000 athletes and coaches and 125,000 spectators for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, and I was one of them. I got to meet some very special athletes with some very incredible talents.  

Of course, I wasn’t alone. An unforgettable event like this takes a whole ‘world’ to support and our cast members showed up in force.  

It’s no secret that Disney cast members rise to the occasion for their community and their guests. Thousands of shifts were filled by Disney VoluntEARS who donated their time to come together to make these Games possible. Whether they prepared swag bags prior to the events, joined the welcoming Shine Squad, cheered on athletes during their events or helped with award ceremonies, our VoluntEARS made memories- for themselves and others- to cherish for a lifetime.  

In fact, all of our cast members stepped up to the plate in our resorts, theme parks and across Walt Disney World to bring magic to athletes, families and fans.  

Inspiring. Life changing. Fun! The energy of the USA Games could be felt at every venue, and like many of my fellow cast members, I will never forget this experience! It truly is magical when cast members can come together and ‘shine as one’ #DisneyCastLife.

I can’t begin to express how proud I am to work alongside you!  

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