Dreams really do come true for two Disney cast members! Disney has announced that 2 Disney Cast Members Marilyn West and Stephen Lim have been selected as the newest members of the coveted Walt Disney World Ambassador Team.
During their two year term, the pair will represent the ideals and values of the Walt Disney World Resort and it’s cast members. They will also head up the VoluntEARS program, a cast member service project initiative.
“Being a member of the Walt Disney World Ambassador team is an extraordinary honor—as well as a tremendous responsibility,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “It takes very special people to represent America’s largest single-site workplace and, on behalf of all their fellow Cast members, I congratulate Marilyn and Stephen on their selection.”
The program began by Walt Disney himself in 1964 during the 10th anniversary of Disneyland. He found himself overwhelmed by the number of public and media appearances required of him and initiated the program to help alleviate some of those demands. Just as when the program began, the pair will make appearances on behalf of the Walt Disney Company.
Marilyn West began visiting the resort as a child and her love for Disney was instantaneous. She became fascinated by theme parks and roller coasters. An infatuation that only continued to grow into adulthood. When she attained an Engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, she knew just what to do with it! She moved south and sought employment with Walt Disney Parks. After completing three internships she found a permanent position with Worldwide Satey Operations for Disney Parks and Resorts.
Likewise, Stephen Lim’s passion for Disney began as a child. Growing up in Southern California he was a frequent visitor to Disneyland in Anaheim. His passion for the park was so intense that he chose to attend the University of Southern California due to its proximity to Disneyland. Upon graduation Lim did the only logical thing in his mind: he began a career at Disneyland. Shortly after, however, his journey brought him East to the Walt Disney World resort. He currently serves at Front Desk Service Advisor at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. He also facilitates Traditions classes welcoming new cast members into their new roles.
West and Lim find themselves chosen at a very exciting time for the Walt Disney Company. The duo will represent the 74,000 cast members during the opening of Star Wars Galaxies Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and during the resorts 50th Anniversary celebration!For more Disney News follow us on Instagram @chipandco on Twitter @chipandcompany and on Facebook or Watch our latest Youtube Videos here.