Get an Inside Look at the Global Disney Ambassador Program
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The most recent blog shares an inside look at one of the most amazing programs offered through the Walt Disney Company: the Global Disney Ambassadors Program.
Just today, the new Walt Disney World Ambassadors were announced continuing on the exciting 60 year tradition.
We all know how special Cast Members are! They go above and beyond to make your Disney experience fun and memorable.
But did you know that the Disney Ambassador Program has a direct connection to Walt Disney?
In 1965, Disneyland was preparing for its 10th Anniversary when a marketing Cast Member, Jack Lindquist, proposed the idea of a Cast Member representative.
The “Tencennial Ambassador” would be a representative traveling across the country and overseas, and share the excitement of Disneyland with media and guests. Walt liked the idea and the program was born.
The First Disney Ambassador
In October 1964, six out of 135 candidates were finalized, participated in the Anaheim Halloween parade, and completed an intense month-long interview process.
In November 1964, Julie Reihm Casaletto was named the first Disneyland Ambassador.
On January 3, 1965, Julie appeared on “Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” with walt. The episode showed the pair previewing new Disneyland attractions in development at Walt Disney Imagineering.
This was Julie’s first introduction to the world in the new role.
A Continuing Tradition
The Disney Ambassador tradition continued and eventually included Florida. Debby Dane Browne was Walt Disney World’s first Disney Ambassador in October 1970.
Today, a global Disney Ambassador family exists and the program continues on. The program is an exciting way to share the love and excitement for Disney and represent the amazing Cast Members bringing his dream to life each day!
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