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October 15, 2012

Disney Ambassadors Around the World Take Their Posts

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

One of our most enduring and unique global traditions at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is also one of our most important because it extends the Disney brand in local markets where we operate.

During the past several weeks, the Disney Global Ambassador program has welcomed newly selected cast members in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Each Ambassador will serve as the official representatives for our resorts. The prestigious positions are selected after a rigorous, multi-step interview process that culminates with a ceremony at each park to introduce them.

(Current and new Disneyland Resort Ambassador Teams join Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis and Mickey Mouse after the 2013 Ambassador Ceremony.)

Although the responsibilities of Ambassadors may have changed over time, their importance to the reputation of Disney Parks can’t be overstated. They foster Walt Disney’s original vision by hosting elected officials and business leaders at our parks and are active community partners through visits to hospitals, participation in VoluntEAR projects and frequent presentations in support of our community initiatives. They also serve a primary role in cast member recognition celebrations.

Along with the multiple responsibilities that they undertake -- this year alone, for example, the Ambassador team from the Disneyland Resort conducted more than 270 media interviews -- the role embodies an historic past.

The program began in 1965; as multiple projects weighed on Walt’s schedule, he was overwhelmed with requests for his time and personal appearances. To solve the problem, he appointed someone to serve as the official spokesperson of all Disneyland cast members in order to help promote the business. Today, that tradition continues.

Over the past four weeks, the following individuals were selected as Disney Ambassadors at our theme parks around the world. Please join us in congratulating our newest Ambassadors!

Walt Disney World Resort: Tye Arnold and Richard Tamayo

Disneyland Resort: Sachiko White and Megan Navarette

Disneyland Paris: Antonella Giallombardo and Jonathan Rabeute

Hong Kong Disneyland: Arthur Lau

Tokyo Disneyland: Ayaka Nagai

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The Ambassador program began in 1965 when Walt Disney appointed a cast member to serve as the official Disneyland spokesperson.
Current and new Disneyland Resort Ambassador Teams join Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis and Mickey Mouse after the 2013 Ambassador Ceremony.
Disneyland Resort 2013-2014 Ambassadors Sachiko White and Megan Navarette
Walt Disney World Resort 2013-2014 Ambassadors Tye Arnold and Richard Tamayo
Disneyland Paris 2013-2014 Ambassadors Antonella Giallombardo and Jonathan Rabeute
Hong Kong Disneyland 2013-2014 Ambassador Arthur Lau
Tokyo Disney Resort 2013 Ambassador Ayaka Nagai