On Friday, Disneyland Resort held a ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland announcing the Disneyland Ambassador 2015-2016 Team, which continues the 50 year old Walt Disney tradition.
Being invited to such a special event at Disneyland was an amazing opportunity and although I was sadly unable to attend, sharing this Disneyland news direct from the head mouse almost feels like I was there.
From among 26,000 cast members two were selected as goodwill emissaries during the 50th anniversary of the Ambassador Program. Pictured above from left to right are Jessica Bernard, Julie Reihm Casaletto, and Allie Kawamoto. Jessica and Allie began their two-year term on Friday and were greeted by Julie Reihm Casaletto, the very first Disneyland Ambassador selected by Walt Disney.
Disney is such an integral part of our family and it would have been a magical opportunity to meet the Disneyland Ambassadors. Look for Jessica and Allie as they are just beginning a new journey spreading pixie dust to all they meet.
Introducing the Disneyland Ambassador 2015-2016 Team
[quote]In a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier today announced that cast members Jessica Bernard and Allie Kawamoto will represent the Resort and its 26,000 cast members as the 2015-2016 Disney Ambassador team, a program celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The team will continue a tradition started by Walt Disney in 1965, established to assist him with sharing the magic, inspiration, and optimism of Disneyland. Julie Reihm Casaletto, the first Disney Ambassador who was selected by Walt Disney, helped welcome the new team at today’s ceremony.
Bernard and Kawamoto were selected from nearly 60 applicants, and will spend a two-year term bringing the magic of the Resort into the community by acting as emissaries of goodwill. As part of their full-time duties, they will represent the Resort at a variety of events, such as hospital visits with Disney characters, promotional tours and cast recognition ceremonies. In addition, the pair will serve as spokespeople for the Resort.
“Disney Ambassadors have played an important role at the Disneyland Resort throughout the past 50 years,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “This tradition will certainly continue as Allie and Jessica help us share the excitement of our upcoming 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration with our guests, community and fellow cast members.”
In 2007, Kawamoto began her career in the Disney College Program and most recently served as a food and beverage manager on Main Street, U.S.A. She participated in the Resort’s Emerging Leaders Program and is a member of the Disney VoluntEAR Leadership Council. Kawamoto is from Cerritos, Calif.
Bernard began her career with Disney in 2012 in entertainment and performed in shows including “Mickey & the Magical Map.” She has volunteered with a number of organizations, including The Ronald McDonald House and Mary’s Soup Kitchen. Bernard is originally from Bend, Ore.
The tradition that started at Disneyland 50 years ago now includes Ambassadors at Disney Destinations around the world, most recently adding Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and Shanghai Disney Resort, which will select its first Ambassadors this year.[/quote]
Photography by Disneyland Resort. Used with permission.
Although I was invited to this event, I was never asked to share this information but only do because of my deep love for the mouse and all things Disney. If you’ve seen my Twitter profile photo you just might understand.