Hope we are back soon. Be kind to others. Check in on those in need. Love Yourself….
Not going to lie, a complete shutdown of every Disney Resort in the world was not something I ever thought could happen. Even when the outbreak shut down China, Japan, and South Korea, I didn’t think it would erupt across the rest of the world. The Covid-19 has left so many people shellshocked and off guard.
I am self isolating starting tomorrow (well I was off today so actually today). Will venture out to get food and groceries etc., but I am going to miss seeing my co-workers and friends on something other than a video screen.
It reminds me of my time in China where I was away for 14 months. Even then, I was able to meet new friends along with some co-workers I already knew. This is similar but very very different. It has the same emotions as 9-11 – a certain crap I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I try to remain positive and will keep doing so as much as I can to stay in a good mental place. In the meantime, I will stay home and heck I might even work on this web site..
I can’t believe that it has been 10 years since the 50th Anniversary celebration kicked off at Disneyland. It was such a monumental experience in my career that it seems surreal that so much time has passed. I remember the 5 months prior being such a hectic time as we got the park ready to welcome millions of people to visit. I also remember when I first started I was like – Oh! I hope I make it to the 50th, it is so far away. Even more amazing is that I had only been at the park for 4 years when it started.
So much more has happened since then as well! I’ve been really fortunate and happy that so many opportunities have been available to me and that I have done my best to achieve my goals.
This month, the Resort gets ready to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the original Magic Kingdom, the only place that Walt Disney enjoyed himself. I still get teary eyed when I look at the lamp in the window and what it symbolizes. Just today I was walking through the park and was thinking what would Walt think of how his park looks today. Buildings still looking better than ever, and all those trees he planted or saved back in 1955 have all grown up and in some cases removed, and their replacements or replacements replacement have grown up to create the lush park that we all enjoy so much.
I have never been more proud to work at Disneyland and am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to add to Walt’s Legacy and in some small way to the enjoyment of Guests from all over the world.
Back in 2005, I had a dream to do something that a friend of mine was doing that year. I received lots of advice about how to achieve my dream and worked hard through many high highs and many shall we say learning experiences. As we get ready to dazzle Guests with the 60th, I am proud to say that my dream is coming true very, very soon. I will be doing something amazing and I thank everyone who has helped in whatever way they did to get me to this point.
Oh, and it’s Cinco de Mayo! Let’s raise a glass and salute the future which begins in a few short weeks….
Today is the 14th anniversary of the opening of Disney California Adventure (nee Disney’s). I’ve loved this park from the very start, and part of me can’t believe it has already been 14 years. Umm, seems like yesterday I was pining on this blog for it to open!
To celebrate I’ve uploaded a few classic photos from February 3, 2001 – during the Annual Passholder preview for the park.
Sunshine Plaza during the AP preview. You can almost smell the burnt coffee grinds and hear Randy Newman singing “I Love LA”
Grizzly Peak and Condor Flats from Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. If it wasn’t closed for refurbishment, I’d take the same photo and you would notice how much taller the trees are.
The second photo really shows how much has changed, I keep thinking those trees are tiny!
circa 2001 Paradise Pier view. As much as I love this view, it is so much better today!!
I always remember this as THE Disneyland commercial. When this commercial came out I lived in Northern California and we were heavily targeted for Disney ads and I probably saw this commercial 100s of times…