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Justin Muchoney is first Disney Parks Chief Magic Official

In a poorly timed event, couldn’t they find a day other than Earth Day and the 10th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom to end this months long contest, the winner of the Disney Parks Chief Magic Official position has been announced. Justin Muchoney claims the… Read More »Justin Muchoney is first Disney Parks Chief Magic Official

Vote for the first Chief Magic Official of Disney Parks

All the competition videos are now online for the Disney Parks’ Chief Magic Official (CMO) competition. Go see Tripp, Justin, and David as they perform on stage in a variety of events and competitions to determine which is best suited to become the first CMO… Read More »Vote for the first Chief Magic Official of Disney Parks

Disney’s growing Social Media efforts

Lee Aase attended a speech by Duncan Wardle, Sr VP Disney Global PR, on Disney Park’s social media efforts. It’s worth a read. This was a very interesting presentation. If big brands like Disney are realizing they need to cede control of their messages (or… Read More »Disney’s growing Social Media efforts

Dream Chief Magical Official Final Three Announced

Although as of publishing time this morning the regular website hasn’t yet been updated, Brady MacDonald at the LA Times has posted the final three qualifiers for the ultimate Disney Dream position of Chief Magical Official.

The finalists are: David Hawley of California, Justin Muchoney of Pennsylvania and Tripp West of Georgia.

While none of those were my favorites, I wish them all luck as they enter the head-to-head competition portion of the contest. They’ll all travel to Walt Disney World and compete in such challenging events as:

Stroller mix-up — Match the stroller with the correct accessory bag.

Towel folding — Create a towel animal following a training session.

Noise making — Generate the loudest crowd reaction.

Park information — Offer assistance, directions and tips to visitors.

Face painting — Create a design following a training session.

Voting will then be opened to the public again and a winner crowned on April 22nd. (Why did they choose that day… it’s the anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Earth Day. The Dream CMO position has nothing to do with either of those events and will either get buried or take away from the other events. Poor planning on someone’s part.)

(Via the LA Times)

Updated to add Press Release below…

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Disney’s Chief Magic Official contest voting begins

Patrick60699605What is your dream Disney job? How about making guest’s wishes come true, appearing at special events, and hob-nobbing with VIPS. No, it’s not Mickey Mouse (although he does that too), it’s the newly created position of Chief Magic Official.

Disney recently revealed the 10 finalists in its Year Of A Million Dream user generated content video contest. You can see all ten video resumes, learn a bit more about each candidate, and vote for your favorites at

My personal favorite is Patrick Hurd, who also happens to run the Windows To The Magic Podcast. I’ve met Patrick and find him to be totally capable and deserving of the CMO position. I haven’t met any of the other candidates, but I really enjoyed Meggin Weaver‘s video. Plus she’s local to Orlando. The neat thing about the contest is you can vote as often as you’d like. So I hope you’ll go and vote for Patrick and Meggin (and your favorite candidate) early and often.

Voting ends on March 22nd at midnight Pacific Time. The top 3 will move on to the next round at Walt Disney World and voting will begin again in mid-April with one then being selected for the CMO position.

The full press-release is below the cut:

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