Kay Wittmack, a 96 year old former cast member returned to Disneyland Resort for the first time in 23 years. She was helped by her niece, current cast member Susan Hibbert, who works in Fantasyland. Hearing her aunt retell her adventures as one of the resort’s original cast members is always a favorite of Susan’s. Kay worked at the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. from 1955-1958. The Emporium was actually operated by a separate company until the early 60s.
Susan, along with Guest Relations cast member J’Amy Pacheco, worked together to make Kay’s return to Disneyland as special as possible. They arranged for Kay to meet with Mickey Mouse and she was also able to tour Walt Disney’s apartment that sits atop the fire station. Kay’s favorite attraction, “it’s a small world”, was on the agenda as well. Kay was even recognized during the daily flag retreat ceremony in Town Square as she is a World War II veteran.
Kay was able to visit the Emporium on her trip. The current cast members there were very excited to see Kay and hear about her time working there, especially when Walt Disney himself would stop by for a visit. ““He always came out and said hello to everybody,” Kay said. She also noted how much the resort has grown, and that it “feels wonderful.”
Susan is proud to carry on her aunt’s legacy at the Disneyland Resort. “She’s always been so special to me,” Susan said. “Making magic is something I adore doing every day, and I know that when I train [cast], I’m passing that legacy on.”
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