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Disneyland’s longest-tenured cast member, Oscar Martinez, honored with 60-year service award

Disneyland recently honored cast member Oscar Martinez with a 60-year service award. For the past 50 years, Oscar has been a cook at Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park. He began his career on December 29, 1956, working as a busboy in quick-service restaurants in Fantasyland.

For Oscar’s milestone anniversary, Walt Disney Imagineering created a special award just for him, inspired by the movie Cinderella.

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His 55-year award was created just for him as well, and was inspired by the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.


Oscar is well known at the restaurant for chatting with the guests, and sometimes even sitting down at their tables with them. Oscar even has a dish named after him: Oscar’s Potatoes, which he has been making for years. The Disney Parks Blog actually shared the recipe for his potatoes back in 2011:

Oscar’s Potatoes

Serves 4 to 6

1 large white onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 pounds red potatoes, thinly sliced
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat until translucent; remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, add remaining butter and potatoes and sauté until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine the onions and potatoes in an ovenproof casserole dish; cover with foil and make small slits for ventilation. Bake 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serve hot.

News source/photo credit: Disney Parks Blog

Leah grew up in a little farming town in Illinois, right on the Mississippi River. Her Chicago-born husband, David, left the city for her, and they're now raising their three children (Jacob, Jonah and Lydia) just 12 miles from her hometown. As the Senior Editor of the DIS (wdwinfo.com), Leah spends a lot of time writing about, reading about, and discussing Disney. So, it should come as no surprise that one of her family's favorite ways to spend time is going to Walt Disney World and traveling on Disney Cruise Line. She also enjoys shopping, watching movies with her husband and doing crafts with and for her kids.


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