Pam Nelson Celebrates 50 Years at Walt Disney World
As we were preparing to celebrate Disney World’s 50th Anniversary on October 1st, we told you about the class of 71. This prestigious group of cast members actually have the distinction of having worked at Disney World for the entirity of it’s 50 years!
Know we’d like to introduce you to one in particular, Pam Nelson who works for the Disney Event Group! Pam started working on costuming for parades at Magic Kingdom for opening day back in 1971. At the time she was only a senior in high school and never though her start at Disney would result in five decades as a cast member.
Pam’s current role is in the Event Group office where they help come up with incredible events for companies and groups. This includes a full costume and cosmetology area and even a floral shop!
To ring in 50 amazing years, Pam shared some of her favorite memorabilia from her time at Disney. Items include the opening day pin, legacy award along with photos, buttons and more!
Reflecting back on her 50 years, Pam worked in an eclectic array of roles. She remembers, “I’ve worked every attraction in Frontierland except the Riverboat. From there I went out to the parking lot, which was trams, buses and so on. I worked in Casting for five years, I was part of the group that helped hire the cast of EPCOT while also doing orientation for new cast members. I then transferred over to media production, which was a new department that transferred from California to here [Florida], and eventually found my way to Disney Event Group, where I’ve been for the past 25 years.”
For those unfamiliar, the Disney Event Group collaborates on conventions, weddings, meetings and more. They have a unique way of bringing pixie dust to each and every event and execute the entire process from start to finish!
Pam had this to say regarding looking back on 50 years at Walt Disney World, “I don’t regret a minute of it.” She continued, “I don’t think I’ve ever not liked what I do, so how can I not like coming to work? I love all the cast that I work with and because of that I have lifelong friends. They are like family.”
Disney has collaborated with GIPHY to create special Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat stickers that celebrate incredible cast members like Pam. This includes an “I Earned My Ears” sticker along with a “WDW50Cast” version.
@disneyparksWow! Pam has been with us since opening day! How cool! ✨ #DisneyWorld50 #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyCastLife #DisneyWorld
Congratulations Pam for bringing magic to Disney for 50 incredible years!
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