(Guest Assistance Cards). I want to share some information regarding Guest Assistance Cards. Disneyland is not only required to comply with ADA standards but also strongly desires to make the park inviting, accessible and enjoyable for “all guest of all ages from everywhere”. This is a monumental task of course but one that we are up too. The challenge is to give all our guest the best experience while not infringing on their privacy or dignity. There is no doubt that the system gets abused. I am sure I allow guest through the GAC access that do not belong there however, that is a small price to pay for making the park accessible for those that truly need some additional assistance. Also, the number on the card is for the maximum guest in the party. It is NOT a license to find people in the park and make magic of your own. This only adds to the abuse and slows down the stand by line for the rest of our guest. It is also not appropriate to allow members of the party to use the card while the guest needing the assistance stays behind. The GAC card is not meant to reduce the wait time for the guest in most cases (there are some exceptions E.I. green light cards) but are meant to make the attraction accessible. Most attractions are being converted where possible to queues and ride vehicles that are accessible by all therefore eliminating the need for alternate entrances. Please do not judge those using the GACs that do not have any apparent reason for using the card. But please me mindful when using the card of the reasons it was given. I am writing this as a ride operator that deals with GACs daily, an attractions trainer responsible for teaching other CMs about GACs, a working lead and an orientations facilitator that teachers new CMs about GACs. (My intension is not to start a debate but just to clarify)
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Mr. Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. He was the fourth born Disney son. He was named after his parents pastor and friend Walter Parr, a preacher at St. Paul Congregational Church. The pastor, in turn, will later name his son Elias, after Walt's father.
Most of Walt's childhood was spent on a farm in Marceline, Missouri, where he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. In 1911, the family moved to Kansas City, where his love for trains really developed. His Uncle, Mike Martin, was a train Engineer who worked on the route between Fort Madison, Iowa, and Marceline. Walt would later work a summer job with the railroad, selling newspapers and snacks to the travelers. To read more about Walts love for trains
Video: Walt riding the Lilly Belle at the Studio. Video courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum.
To watch a short biography of Walts life:
Walt and Lillian Disney with unnamed friend, London, 1935.
Walt Disney in my opinion, is a wonderful example of the American dream! He represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past, it is certain, Walt Disney was a great man! He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world! Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon characters we all love to watch today. :) He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of the magical playgrounds that ties us all together, Disneyland and Disney World. Had he been alive today he would be 112 years old! Happy birthday Walt! Thank you so much for believing in your dreams! You are a true inspiration.
In honor of today, it would be fun if we all mentioned our favorite quote from Mr. Disney. I'll go first, I have many, but this one always sticks out:
"I've always been interested in the past and history and I think it's vital."
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