Dave    
 13499.9 #2 (DL Qual #3

Dec 15, 2011 11:01 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
My love for Walt Disney----Its no secret that I have a deep fond love for Disney. The theme parks, the movies, the music, and the culture..its very safe to say that Walt Disney and what he has created is truly imbedded in three generations of on my fathers side... My Grandfather set their sites on Los Angles in the early 1950s after having my father in Montreal.and the family and decided to buy a house in Orange and started work at the Disneyland hotel in 1956 as a chef. He worked there for several years......I think because of that my grandparents and parents fell in love with Disneyland and use to bring me to the parks every week and even got me the an AP the very first year they came out in I think 1983 at my ripe age of 5....for years and years Disneyland all through my younger years was a thing we did as a family and all enjoyed it. I grew up with the movies like all of you. My first movie in the theater was Jungle book and my mother still says she cant believe I was quiet the whole time...Imagine that LOL...My love for all things Disney was so bad in Grammar school that the teacher told my parents in 2nd grade that she wanted me to stop sharing all my Disneyland stories during story time about your weekend because it wasn't fair for the other kids....hey they could have gotten APs HAHA.....Well all along this time my Father had a very great job and everything was going very well for us and he was with his company for 15 years until they decided to sell the company to Marriott.....He was approached by several large companies for very go jobs and weighed out his options...Little did he tell my sister and I until the day it happened was, he was now in upper management for the Disneyland Resort...Even though we all had passes it was like Christmas...Dad's working for DISNEYLAND!!! always as a kid, I always said, I'm going to work at the parks, so when that time came when I was 16 I got the job...O! Well, a year later in foods I was burnt on it and had a friend I met while working whom told me she was transferring..I said where? Character departments...WOW, she said yea, just come try out, you'd be good at it with all your energy...So I did and even though I passed the tryouts and made it!!!! My department wouldn't let me transfer yet (, I had to wait but I did get in and had the best few years working I've ever had in my life...Making others happy and creating life time memories was what Walt had done his whole life and for me to be able to walk on that stage and actually portray a character he created Goofy and many others was truly and honor. I know that there were times when I was on stage in front of his apartment taking a stroll with a little child making him and his parents day he was looking down smiling and what he had created for so many people all over the world..It was several years between working at the parks and getting into the corporate world that I really got back into Disney like I use to be..MouseWait changed that in Dec of 2009, its all been uphill since then...I cant begin to tell you how thankful I am for MouseWait and all the wonderful lifelong friends I have met on here and the new friends I meet each week..Thank You Uncle Walt for all that you have brought to my family, all the wonderful times that I, my friends and family have all had at your parks and enjoying your characters. movies and music... you've helped shaped my life, made me so happy, create memories and make wonderful friends I cant even begin to touch on it....Love you WED....

I had to cut down my original version...I could go on and on....I still get choked up at the parks at times and I have to take a step back and just enjoy the beauty that it beholds..if that dream did not become a reality most of our lives would be different... - Dave  13499.9 #2 12:21AM
😒☺😘 - toph  2418.2 #60 6:46AM
@Dave Wow. Top-knotch, most passionate, profound and heartwarming story I've read on MW thus far. Thank you for sharing!!! - Jacqueline  580.0 #349 8:23AM
P.S. Now I know why I kept seeing your name dropped by other MWers when I first started using this app, lol - Jacqueline  580.0 #349 8:24AM
I'll admit I do the same, I think it hits you even more on those solo trips too. There's something different about walking the parks without any distractions other than the park its self....one of my favorite things when life gets a little crazy. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’— - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.0 #32 9:12AM
Dave you made me cry! This is one of the most touching posts I've ever read. Thank you for sharing and thank you for all you do for MW and on a personal note, for being so welcoming when we first met. - SueBayou  2019.0 #78 11:31PM
You have made all of us Daves proud. Thank you. - NascarDave  322.2 #794 12:36AM
:-) - PrincessDuckie  905.2 #202 11:05PM
they had this limited edition print during the 50th my Dad bought me that I love...its from the original negative of this shot signed by the orgianl photographer - Dave  13499.9 #2 11:07PM
awww that made me smile :) Thanks for sharing your story.
- Jillian  767.1 #244 11:07PM
Very nice. Thanks for sharing all of that πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘(droid translation 3 hand claps) - misschurro  6362.6 #17 11:08PM
I have some questions for you about how things used to be-maybe you can answer them ? :) - misschurro  6362.6 #17 11:10PM
Wow great story really is an inspirational story of its own. πŸ’š it! - Jackie211  483.3 #439 11:09PM
A beautiful tribute Dave! Bravo :) - Darlingwendi  1222.7 #140 11:09PM
Aww, such a great post Dave..thanks for sharin, it made me smile :) - Sallyskellington  201.1 #1982 11:10PM
I have some questions for you about how things used to be-maybe you can answer them ? :) - misschurro  6362.6 #17 11:10PM
Wow, what a great story... Thanks for sharing. :-) - disneymomma1  325.8 #772 11:14PM
Great post Dave!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜ - LBChica  2437.4 #59 11:14PM
Thanks for sharing. - Mouse4life  1681.2 #100 11:14PM
ξ€Žξ€Ž - CaliAdventure  225.3 #1662 11:21PM
That's such a great tribute not only to Walt but our favorite banana! I'm glad I have MW and met you! You truly brought untrustability in my life lol - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #26 11:21PM
Very cool story Dave.  And I also have that pic - actually the Boyer lithograph version - hanging over my bed!   - msdizmaui  716.8 #270 11:26PM
Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing with us! - SUUZinOCretiredPLAID  1036.1 #177 11:26PM
Wonderful post about three generations! Thank you for sharing! - Minniex3  200.9 #1984 11:32PM
❀ this! I'm always genuinely happy when people have this kind of love for Disney. There's just something about the park and everything he stood for that opens up a door in your heart. It sounds like you have amazing parents and Grandparents. - Missshelly  698.3 #278 11:41PM
Such a wonderful post, from such a wonderful person!! It's really nice to hear more of your Disney history. Can't image MW without your fun spirited engery! So fortunate to have met you! Much loveπŸ’— - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.0 #32 11:43PM
Wow, great story! - CherryTreeLane  460.4 #472 11:45PM
Thank you Dave for sharing such a great story.  I hope to meet you in the parks sometime. - Alicewhoareyou  2570.0 #53 11:49PM
Wow Dave, this is such a great story! I'm not gonna lie, I got teary eyed, and I'm also jealous that you got to go to Disneyland so much as a child lol, but still, your post was one of the best posts that I have ever read!
- dlmickeymouseCM  2405.8 #62 11:55PM
Dave is a character for life.☺ Nice post! - Plumiegirl  10135.4 #8 12:01AM
Amazing story, Dave. :-) - Fanatic4Disney  268.5 #1180 12:03AM
That was a lonnnnnngggggggggg story. Half way there! - kristian  2004.9 #79 12:09AM
Beautiful Story I had a tears in my Eyes - QueenBianca  125.2 #3116 12:13AM
😘😘😘 I can't type anything right now because I will burst out in tears!!! - MozPrincess  582.4 #348 12:13AM
Thanks for such an amazing post Dave. We all are in agreement on how Walt has touched our hearts with the building such a wonderful place for us to enjoy with our families. Wonderful movies that we watch over & over again and shed tears for. But few of us have experienced that special meaning of Disney as being a Cast Member. Walking through the park when its empty on your way to clock out and think, Walt walked here just as I'm doing, and a chill runs down your spine. When you get that first big smile from a guest and thanking you for being so helpful. So thanks Walt for everything. - splashphotoCM  885.6 #206 12:21AM
I would have been OK with never working there but as a kid growing up there at the parks then working there i think that you have to really give thumbs up on those whom have or do work for the parks..And those whom have really put their time in like 818, Michael and others you really need to tip your cap to them...its amazing how many people it takes to put on the happiest show on earth...its a team effort and without one another it would not work.....honesty, my times as a kid and even today as a guest at the parks are more precious to my heart as memories than being a CM because they are the ones helping create those memories for me and my friends.....but no matter what dept you were in, you were part of that show and were part of the magic....Thanks to the Magic Man himself...W.E.D - Dave   13499.9 #2 12:28AM
Couldn't have said it better. I think that's why we are so passionate when someone make a negative comment about the park or it's policy - splashphotoCM  885.6 #206 12:33AM
I would have been OK with never working there but as a kid growing up there at the parks then working there i think that you have to really give thumbs up on those whom have or do work for the parks..And those whom have really put their time in like 818, Michael and others you really need to tip your cap to them...its amazing how many people it takes to put on the happiest show on earth...its a team effort and without one another it would not work.....honesty, my times as a kid and even today as a guest at the parks are more precious to my heart as memories than being a CM because they are the ones helping create those memories for me and my friends.....but no matter what dept you were in, you were part of that show and were part of the magic....Thanks to the Magic Man himself...W.E.D - Dave  13499.9 #2 12:28AM
Thank you for sharing. That sounds like an incredibly fun time working at the parks, and being able to share the joy. Again, thanks for sharing! - SorcererBHhaha  409.0 #548 12:28AM
Couldn't have said it better. I think that's why we are so passionate when someone make a negative comment about the park or it's policy - splashphotoCM  885.6 #206 12:33AM
So sweet.. Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. I look forward to meeting you one day - Bambi.  605.0 #338 1:02AM
Dave I love this story! You never cease to amaze me! - Mrsblue  693.1 #285 1:20AM
Super awesome story!! Disneyland is amazing πŸ’—πŸ’— Thanks for sharing how Walt Disney has touched you and your family; really great to read :) - SarahLovesDisney  85.2 #3838 1:26AM
Wonderful, Dave. Just wonderful. πŸ‘ - JediStitch  429.7 #509 2:29AM
Tears of joy and a stuffy nose of awesome memories flooding my my head....its oozing out my eyes nose and heart!...Thank you Nana & Toto for taking me to DL almost every single year ...Thank you Mom & Dad for continuing to take me... Thank you Walt for building such a great place for your family and ours... Thank you Admin for MouseWait and all you do... and Above All Thank You God for instilling in Walt E Disney what you did to spread Joy Magic and Happiness ..... Praise God Almighty!!!!!!!!!!!! - WaltSentMe  330.2 #748 2:46AM
This is an amazing post. You have a wealth of knowledge and the few times I have had the privilege of hanging out with you in the parks and your love all things Disney is transparent, your love for this community is just as strong. Thank you for this post, it's really inspiring.
- vincentchase1  672.9 #300 2:51AM
What a sweet, thoughtful, and elegant post. It's touching the way you wove your personal experiences with Walt's inspiration. Thank you for sharing. - Willierose  2348.6 #67 4:15AM
Great post Dave. Thanks for sharing. - MikeyMouse  145.1 #2795 4:23AM
I loved reading your post  thank you for sharing that with us - Jo_ohanna  387.4 #581 5:03AM
Beautiful Dave! Thanks for opening and sharing a great heartwarming story with us. Love you! - DizGeek  453.6 #483 5:21AM
Beautiful post Dave. Thanks for sharing this. MW would defiantly not be what it is today if you weren't here. Between you doing so much to help make the app better and making me laugh daily, Thank you. - NeverlandTink  423.1 #523 5:22AM
What a great post! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing these kinds of stories :) - melissa_ficent  318.6 #809 5:33AM
Like, like, like, thank you for sharing Dave! - akpoppins  263.8 #1224 5:48AM
Thank you, Dave. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I think Disney is imbedded in all our hearts forever! - Aeloriel  6.5 #14894 5:49AM
Wow Dave, thats a great story. - BuccanEAR  282.7 #1038 5:54AM
Thanks for such a beautiful and touching post. - PrincessKristin  780.8 #240 6:12AM
What an amazing tribute - SeΓ±orBuzz&Jessie  68.5 #4209 6:13AM
Enjoyed your story. Thanks for sharing it :) - MsDisneyLove  168.2 #2434 6:15AM
Thanks for sharing :o) - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1190.7 #145 6:20AM
That was a great story! I enjoy hearing how other people came to love Disneyland. Thank you for sharing with us 😊 - PirateQueenBriezy  330.9 #743 6:20AM
😒☺😘 - toph  2418.2 #60 6:46AM
Dave great story.. never realized what your background at Disneyland entailed... Now im jealous.... thanks for sharing - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 8:13AM
@Dave Wow. Top-knotch, most passionate, profound and heartwarming story I've read on MW thus far. Thank you for sharing!!! - Jacqueline  580.0 #349 8:23AM
Very beautiful story dave!! It's very comforting to know that the one who makes us laugh is genuine about it to make us smile as if we were at disneyland smiling!! Thank you for your magic !!, you should move this story to the review, so people can truly understand what mw is all about! - bobapetebot  137.5 #2926 8:23AM
P.S. Now I know why I kept seeing your name dropped by other MWers when I first started using this app, lol - Jacqueline  580.0 #349 8:24AM
Wow! What a great story even choked me up a little. Hope to meet you on one of our Disney trips. Walt Disney truly made the world a better place. Thanks for posting this. - angryduck  124.3 #3140 8:26AM
The compassion, energy and spiritedness of your story is truly touching Dave :) Thanks heaps for sharing! - Anissa.  178.7 #2270 8:52AM
Very heartfelt and genuine! Actually worth reading a long post ;) thanks so much for sharing your story with us! - SteamboatMinnie  310.6 #852 8:57AM
Great story!!! - Elaine  411.4 #539 8:58AM
:-) - Madimay  177.3 #2287 9:00AM
Thank you for sharing your amazing life storyπŸ˜ƒ - MickeyPrincess  377.4 #598 9:11AM
I'll admit I do the same, I think it hits you even more on those solo trips too. There's something different about walking the parks without any distractions other than the park its self....one of my favorite things when life gets a little crazy. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’— - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.0 #32 9:12AM
A very nice story!! - Disneymomblessedx3  363.1 #635 9:27AM
Thanks for sharing, Dave :-) What a rich family history! - LAFDWifey  81.5 #3915 9:35AM
That was such a wonderful story Dave. I'm glad you shared it here. - Sharkgrrl19  255.2 #1300 9:55AM
Very nice Dave! - Tom  11116.2 #6 10:02AM
 Beautifully said Dave!!! Now I'm crying!  - adriz  187.6 #2158 10:05AM
nice story Dave! Didn't know that your dad worked for Disney. I get caught up in the magic sometimes while working. I catch myself sometimes watching the fireworks and other CMs are like "what are you watching?" What other place has fireworks every night?  - BaseballMickey_CM  7602.9 #11 10:07AM
Nice Dave, Jungle Book was my first Disney Theatre experience too. Then my parents got me some read along books with orange tapes in a big white binder thing. Loved it. Thanks for sharing. - elninoelmo  63.0 #4343 10:38AM
Very well said Dave I was chocked up while reading this!! I'm si happy to be apart of this wonderful MW family!! Thank u all for making MW such a wonderful place to be apart of!!! - yvetteissogoofy  194.8 #2064 11:05AM
Dave Thank You for sharing....
- OOGIE_BOOGIE_MOM  140.8 #2877 12:17PM
Aww Dave:) I loved this! Thank you for sharing! - BooEve123  800.9 #232 12:20PM
WOW Dave! How wonderful for me to open the Lounge the first time in a couple of months to find such a fantastic story! With this, you are at the top of my list (along with Baloo, Dahulament...and a few others!) Of favorite MW'rs! Thank you for brightening my day! - weaver941  403.9 #556 12:30PM
What a wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing 😊 - minnieMisty  276.9 #1089 12:36PM
This was absolutley amazing to read...thank you so much for sharing your family's beautiful Disney story with us. It truly made my day. Thank you. - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 2:04PM

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