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Cast Members Reflect on ‘Traditions’ Amid Turbulent Period for Theme Parks

A lot has changed at Disney Theme Parks throughout the years, especially in the last three. Since the Parks shuttered in compliance with covid lockdowns, the Magical experience has never been the same.

However, Disney Parks insists that some “Traditions” have remained intact, literally.

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Disney Traditions is the name of the orientation program that every Disney Cast Member goes through when they begin their career.

Disney Parks Blog explains,

“The history of the Disney Traditions program dates back to the opening of Disneyland park when Walt Disney himself approved the development of orientation for new employees, which still serves as a strong foundation today. The program covers everything from Disney basics, history and heritage, to providing exemplary guest service and ways to create happiness for our guests. And is facilitated in multiple languages by cast in various roles, levels and work locations.”

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“The Walt Disney Company is unlike any other,” Jeanne Burger, an associate at Disney Vacation Club at Walt Disney World, said. “Each and every cast member is chosen for specific reasons and we are very excited to get to know them, give them the tools they need to succeed with the knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation and serve as a mentor once the program is complete.”

“I met so many amazing people during my Disney Traditions experience that it led me to want to become a facilitator myself,” Luis Alonso, guest experience manager at Walt Disney World, said. “I really enjoy being able to connect with our newly hired cast members and teach them about our company and culture while experiencing a little magic along the way.”

Disney Cast Member Traditions

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It is this rite of passage that transforms these Theme Park and Resort workers into the everyday magic-makers we know and love.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Park news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.