As we celebrate our VoluntEARS this month at the Company, we're happy to announce that our Kelowna Studio, the headquarters for Club Penguin, was recognized as Disney’s 2013 VoluntEAR Team of the Year for the North American region. Volunteerism is a central and enduring part of Disney’s legacy and culture. Since the program’s founding in 1987, our VoluntEARS from more than 40 countries around the world continue to give their time and expertise to brighten the lives of kids and families in need.
Disney Television Animation recently hosted a “Man vs. Machine: The Robot Show!” art gallery, inspiring dozens of artistic pieces created by the group’s talented employee base. “We get our production people, we get executives, we get lots of different people in the studio contributing pieces,” Eric Coleman, senior vice president, Original Series, Disney Television Animation, said.
Strolling through the Glendale Central Creative Campus, we bump into Melissa Cassara, a third-generation Disney employee. “My grandfather worked at the Studio as a carpenter, and my father was a set dresser and would often work on Disney productions. My mother even worked on the Studio lot,” she says. “I feel special carrying on the Disney tradition in my family.”
When ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen purchased property in Bristol, Connecticut, for its 1979 launch, the site measured less than acre. Today, ESPN’s headquarters stretches 123 acres, including 36 in Southington, Connecticut.
We stood looking at each other in front of the Operation Gratitude Center in Van Nuys, California, on a misty November morning, not sure of what to expect. If you’re not already familiar with the organization, Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.
From time to time, we've shown you photos of some fun employee-exclusive activities that take place around the company on Disney Post, but I was a bit, well, “Sklar struck” today as I noticed a celebrity was in our midst during lunchtime on the Walt Disney Studios Lot.
Emergency preparedness and safety are highly valued here at Disney, so much so that a special award — the Disney Heroes Award — was introduced to recognize employees who save a life or prevent serious injuries.
Tonight, Cast Members get to show how much “Disney” they know in the form of a special trivia-based Q&A session followed by a two-hour scavenger hunt. This epic adventure, known as Minnie’s Moonlit Madness, is an annual event hosted at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.