Disneyland News

Disney chooses 2013-2014 Ambassadors

by Leah Zanolla
Oct 13, 2012

Every two years, two cast members are chosen to be Ambassadors for the Walt Disney World Resort. This tradition started in 1965 when Walt Disney became too busy to attend the multitude of events at which he was asked to appear. A two-month search process is completed to select two cast members who "exemplify the talent and excellence of Walt Disney World Resort and demonstrate an understanding of the company's heritage and, above all, Disney passion."

Tye Arnold and Rich Tamayo were selected to represent Walt Disney World's 64,000 cast members from January 2013 through December 2014. Tye and Rich were presented with gold pins at a special ceremony in the American pavilion at Epcot. Some events they may be asked to participate in include "community events, helping build playgrounds, sorting school supplies for children, greeting special guests and honoring fellow cast members for anniversaries and milestones."

All Disney parks around the world have Ambassadors, though the tradition started at the original Disney park, Disneyland in California. Disneyland's ambassadors for 2013-2014 were recently chosen as well. Sachiko White and Megan Navarette will represent the 23,000 west coast Disney cast members at special events and by doing community outreach. George Kalogridis, President of the Disneyland Resort, said, "After a rigorous training and interview process, the pair has demonstrated the depth of their Disney knowledge and passion for being a Disney cast member, and we look forward to their community outreach efforts over the next two years."

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