First Look at the 2024-2025 Disneyland Resort Ambassadors!
Disneyland Resort is thrilled to introduce its Disney Ambassadors for the 2024-2025 term, and they are none other than Jada Young and Raul Aquino Rojas!
Chosen from a pool of countless applicants, Jada Young and Raul Aquino Rojas have earned this prestigious role. The Disney Ambassador program, established back in 1965 when Walt Disney himself selected Julie Reihm Casaletto as the very first Disney Ambassador, has evolved over nearly six decades. Today, it boasts a global team of Ambassadors who represent the thousands of dedicated cast members worldwide and play a pivotal role in sharing the enchantment of Disney with communities far and wide.
Continuing this rich legacy, the program warmly welcomes Young and Aquino Rojas as the 50th generation of Disney Ambassadors to represent Disneyland Resort. The announcement of the 2024-2025 Disney Ambassadors took place during a special ceremony held at Disneyland park, attended by their families, friends, fellow cast members, esteemed guests, and the Disney Ambassadors who have served in this role before them.
“I’m thrilled to be a Disney Ambassador to represent our cast members across the resort and have the opportunity to show up as something bigger than myself,” said Young. Aquino Rojas added, “It’s an honor to be part of the ongoing legacy of the Disneyland Resort and join the historic Disney Ambassador program.”
Young and Aquino Rojas will represent over 34,000 cast members across Disneyland Resort, leading and participating in cast member events, sharing Disney Cast Life stories through social media and representing the resort in media interviews – to name just a few of the duties of this prestigious role.
“A huge congratulations to Jada and Raul,” said Ken Potrock, Disneyland Resort President. “They will do an amazing job representing our cast members and engaging our community. I can’t wait to get to work with them on so many exciting projects over the next two years – Walt’s Ambassador program is in incredible hands.”
Mark Everett King Jr. and Nataly Guzman Garcia, the Disney Ambassadors of Disneyland Resort for 2022-2023, will officially pass the torch to the new team beginning Jan. 1, 2024, following the conclusion of their two-year term.
Reflecting on their time as Disney Ambassadors, King and Guzman Garcia agreed “it’s been a dream come true.” King continued, “My time as a Disney Ambassador has been so rewarding. From the memories I created with fellow cast members and the legacy that Nataly and I have left on the resort… I am departing this role feeling fulfilled and accomplished.”
Echoing King’s sentiments, Guzman Garcia shared, “It’s surreal how the last few years have gone by so quickly, yet they feel like a lifetime. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished and how much we have been able to grow. We’re just honored we were given this opportunity, especially during the Disney100 Celebration. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for us.”
Meet the new Disney Ambassadors of Disneyland Resort!
As a native of Long Beach, Calif., Disneyland Resort has always been a huge part of Jada Young’s upbringing. Aside from her early memories of park days with her family, one of her most memorable experiences would be the first time she got to perform with her middle school show choir at the Royal Theater in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park. She anchors herself with gratitude to her village of family and friends and the sacrifices they made so she could have these opportunities.
Young’s Disney career began in 2017 at the premier tire shop of Radiator Springs, home to Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters in Cars Land. As an attractions cast member, Young’s leaders have supported her development all around the resort. Throughout the last six years, she’s held leadership roles such as Core Lead and Trainer in both attractions and Special Event Operations. She also worked with the Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) Program as a facilitator for Disney’s Approach to Leadership and Teamwork. After returning from the resort’s closure, she was a part of the opening team of Avengers Campus and helped kick off the Disney100 celebrations as a Disney Media Rep.
Outside of work, Young cherishes her time spent with family and friends. She enjoys film, live entertainment, volunteering in her community as an advocate for youth and spending time near the ocean. Young’s application to the Disney Ambassador Program was rooted in her value for servant leadership and her hope to continue Walt’s legacy of creating a place welcoming to all.
Raul Aquino Rojas
Raul Aquino Rojas was born in Zihuatanejo, Mexico and came to the U.S. when he was a year old, and grew up in Lynwood, Calif. Aquino Rojas’ childhood was filled with much laughter watching “Winnie the Pooh” and many Disney movies, and he visited Disneyland for the first time when he was 7. The fond memories he made with his family from that visit stayed with him for many years and kept the magic alive for him.
In 2019, Aquino Rojas began his Disney career as a Disney PhotoPass Photographer at Disneyland Resort. Aquino Rojas currently enjoys leading his cast both within Disney Photo Imaging and Guest Show Operations teams. In his spare time, he enjoys tapping into his creative passions through photography and writing. You can often find him on adventures hiking and camping out in nature.
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