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October 18, 2011

Spotlight on 40 Year Cast Members at Walt Disney World: Heather Will-Browne

When Magic Kingdom celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, October 1, AllEars.Net had a chance to both attend the ceremony held in front of Cinderella Castle, and also to interview a number of current and former cast members, including several who have been with Walt Disney World since opening day, October 1, 1971.

First, we featured an interview with Darlene Kennedy, Manager Creative Costuming Walt Disney World. You can see that interview HERE.

Next we interviewed Kevin Myers, currently vice president of Resort Operations for Walt Disney World. You can see his interview HERE

Today we showcase Heather Will-Browne, Horticulture Area Manager at Walt Disney World.

When the Magic Kingdom first opened, Heather was 17 and working at Coke Corner (now Casey's Corner). "You wouldn't believe how many people had hot dogs for breakfast," she laughed.

Heather stayed on with the company and was the first female on the horticulture team. She reminisced that the costuming department had to resize the men's clothes to fit her.

See the rest of our interview with Heather below:



October 7, 2011

Spotlight on 40 Year Walt Disney World Cast Members: Kevin Myers

When Magic Kingdom celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, October 1, AllEars.Net had a chance to both attend the ceremony held in front of Cinderella Castle, and also to interview a number of current and former cast members, including several who have been with Walt Disney World since opening day, October 1, 1971.

The other day we featured an interview with Darlene Kennedy, Manager Creative Costuming Walt Disney World. You can see that interview HERE.

Today we have an interview with Kevin Myers, currently vice president of Resort Operations for Walt Disney World. But 40 years ago, Myers was a "custodial host" at the Adventureland Veranda restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.

"One of the huge memories I have from opening day is watching the rope drop on Main Street USA and watching thousands of people stream into the various lands of the park and occupy this place for the very first time ever," he recalls.

After about a year, Myers moved over to the Fort Wilderness Campground, and spent the next 39 years in Resorts.

See the rest of our interview with Myers below:

October 6, 2011

Spotlight on 40 Year Cast Members at Walt Disney World: Darlene Kennedy

When Magic Kingdom celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, October 1, AllEars.Net had a chance to both attend the ceremony held in front of Cinderella Castle, and also to interview a number of current and former cast members, including several who have been with Walt Disney World since opening day, October 1, 1971.

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Pictured from left above:

Chris Beatty - Senior Concept Designer-Director (Fantasyland Expansion), Walt Disney Imagineering. (See our interview with Chris talking about Fantasyland construction HERE.)

Charlie Ridgway - former Director of Walt Disney World Public Relations, Disney Legend and author.

Forrest Bahruth - Epcot Show Director, Walt Disney World Resort - 40 Years!

Heather Will-Brown - Horticulture Area Manager, Walt Disney World Resort - 40 Years!

Darlene Kennedy - Creative Costuming, Walt Disney World Resort - 40 Years!

Kevin Myers - Vice President Resort Operations - 40 Years!

Today we feature an interview with Darlene Kennedy, Manager Creative Costuming Walt Disney World, who was wearing a red polyester pantsuit and a Coca-Cola hat as a server at the Tomorrowland Terrace on opening day. Darlene says she was able to watch Roy O. Disney take part in the pageantry along Main Street U.S.A.

"We could see all the balloons going up and could hear the opening ceremony," Darlene notes with a smile.

Darlene has since spent her career in Disney Entertainment, coordinating parades, shows and Disney Character activities.


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