Morimoto Asia, the new Disney Springs restaurant from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, is winning fans with its excellent blend of Asian fusion cuisine. But did you know it’s also winning awards for the space itself. Back in April it received top honors from the American… Read More »Morimoto Asia wins second award for architecture, design
The Harris Poll issues a yearly report tracking which travel service brands rank as the most brand equity for their respective industries. Over 78 travel brands are evaluated for traits such as customer service and loyalty as well as familiarity and quality. “Disney benefits from… Read More »Disney Cruise Line rated top Travel Brand of the Year in Harris Poll
I was dining at Morimoto Asia when I heard that it had received the American Institute of Architects “Design Built Award of Merit” for Orlando. As I looked around It was hard to imagine the space around me about had been, just a year ago,… Read More »Morimoto Asia receives award for architecture
The trophy cabinet at the Disney Cruise Line offices must be huge. Another award can now be added to their over 100 travel industry awards earned since DCL started in 1998. This one comes from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. They’ve voted DCL… Read More »Disney Cruise Line picks up another “readers choice” award
It’s an honor that has include such great corporate leaders as Bill Gates, Jack Welch, and Michael Dell in the past. Now Disney’s CEO Bog Iger can add his name to the list of CEO’s of the Year as awarded by Chief Executive magazine. Among… Read More »Disney’s Bob Iger named 2014 CEO of the Year
It should go without saying that a commitment to safety is the number one priority for Walt Disney World. You don’t often see it in action at the parks, it tends to happen backstage, but there is always some project going on with the goal… Read More »Walt Disney World Given Top Marks for Safety Achievement
Around the time that Walt Disney was first presenting the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, Mary Poppins was about to be released, and he was also trying secretly buying up land in a mosquito-ridden swamp land we now know and love, he realized he needed a little help in representing the Company at all the events where he was asked to appear. Thus the Disney Ambassador program was born and has been in place ever since, 47 years later.
Today at Epcot, a ceremony was held to choose and announce the two new Ambassadors from five finalists for the 2013-2014 season. On hand were Vice President of Epcot Erin Youngs, President of Walt Disney Parks and Operations, United States and France, Meg Crofton, current Ambassadors Norman Vossschulte and Jennifer Mason, and 65 former Walt Disney World Ambassadors to welcome the new team members.
In a twist a little like a Miss America pageant, all five finalists were called to the stage and were able to say a few words about themselves and their journey, while their fellow Cast Member friends and family cheered on. World Showcase Cast Members stood behind them with giant posters featuring their faces and names as we waited with anticipation for the announcement. Mickey and Minnie joined in, carrying the Ambassador pins and scroll featuring the Ambassador pledge. The scroll was read aloud before the names were chosen, while the Voices of Liberty sang softly in the background. Meg Crofton had the honor of announcing that Tye Arnold and Richard Tamayo were to be the newest Walt Disney World Ambassadors as confetti and applause filled the American Gardens Theater.