Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (August 14, 2014) — Celebrating 50 years of a tradition created by Walt Disney himself, Walt Disney World Resort has begun the search for the ideal Cast Members to fill the sought-after roles of Disney Ambassador. Walt Disney World Resort is in the midst of an intensive, two-month quest for candidates who demonstrate leadership, an understanding of the company’s business and heritage and, above all, Disney passion.
The Disney Ambassador tradition began during the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, when Walt Disney was overwhelmed with requests for appearances and media interviews. Since he chose the first Disney Ambassador to serve in 1965, the program has evolved to represent the company, its Cast Members and ideals throughout decades of Disney milestones. From celebrating Cast Member anniversaries to VoluntEAR events to theme park openings, the Walt Disney World Ambassadors – 72 in all since the Resort opened in 1971 – have been there to share the magic, inspiration and optimism of Disney.
“Being selected as an Ambassador is one of the highest honors and responsibilities for a Cast Member,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort. “Disney Ambassadors exemplify the talent, inspiration and excellence that are the hallmarks of Walt Disney World Resort.”
Every two years, thousands of Cast Members are invited to participate in the Ambassador selection process, which includes several rounds of interviews and, for the finalists, an opportunity to interact with Cast, visit non-profit organizations and test their presentation and media interview skills.
For the dedicated Cast Members who are selected, the next two years will be a whirlwind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and magical moments. The new Disney Ambassadors will represent nearly 70,000 Cast Members as they share Disney’s magic throughout Walt Disney World Resort, the Central Florida community and other Disney theme parks around the globe from Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2016.
Following a two-month training, the new Ambassadors will begin their busy two-year term. With more than 3,500 events to attend throughout the year, the Ambassadors will be responsible for duties such as volunteering within the community, hosting high-profile guests at Walt Disney World, making appearances with Disney characters at community presentations, serving as master of ceremonies at park events and recognizing Cast Members’ milestones and achievements.