Disneyland Ambassadors: The Beginning and End of an Adventure

On October 8, 2012 Disneyland announced its Ambassador Team for 2013 – 2014. Two years later, a new team has been announced and a new adventure will begin for the current Ambassadors. Becoming a Disneyland Ambassador is a life changing event. The Ambassadors, the Disney Ambassador Program, and the Disneyland Resort all have changed over the course of two years.  Here is a look at how things have changed surrounding the Disneyland Ambassador Ceremony and program in the last two years:

Megan Navarette and Sachiko White after 2013-2014 Disneyland Ambassador Ceremony - October 8, 2012

Megan Navarette and Sachiko White after 2013-2014 Disneyland Ambassador Ceremony – October 8, 2012

Beginning of the Adventure (2012)

  • On October 8, 2012 the Disneyland Ambassador team that was announced was Megan Navarette and Sachiko White, both of the Entertainment department at the Disneyland Resort.
  • The ceremony took place in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle with former Ambassadors Jolie Hales & René Torrico and Disneyland President George A. Kalogridis leading the ceremony that passed the torch of ambassadorship.
  • Former Ambassadors were introduced as they entered from Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • The Fab Five joined the announcement ceremony on stage.
  • Following the ceremony, a cavalcade aboard Walt Disney’s firetruck made its way down Main Street. The newly announced Ambassadors were accompanied by the Fab Five.
  • At the time of this ceremony, the Disneyland Ambassadors represented the 23,000 cast members of the Disneyland Resort.
  • There were 80 applicants for the Disneyland Ambassador program.
  • New Ambassador Team joined the then-current Team to host CHOC Walk in the Park 2012.
  • Megan Navarette and Sachiko White were interviewed about becoming Disneyland Ambassadors under the awning outside of the Disney Showcase.

Disneyland Ambassadors Megan Navarette and Sachiko White - October 12, 2014

Disneyland Ambassadors Megan Navarette and Sachiko White – October 12, 2014

End of the Adventure (2014)

  • On October 10, 2014 Jessica Bernard and Allie Kawamoto were named to be the 2015-2016 Disneyland Ambassador Team. Bernard comes from Entertainment and Kawamoto from the food and beverage department.
  • The ceremony took place in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle with current ambassadors Megan Navarette and Sachiko White and Disneyland President Michael Colglazier.
  • Former Ambassadors were introduced as they entered from Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • Original Disneyland Ambassador Julie Reihm Casaletto participated in the ceremony.
  • Former Ambassadors appeared in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at end of ceremony to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Disney Ambassador Program.
  • Following the ceremony, the new Ambassador Team road aboard Walt Disney’s firetruck behind the Disneyland Band. They were followed by a host of Disney characters.
  • The Disneyland Ambassadors represent the 26,000 cast members of the Disneyland Resort.
  • There were 61 applicants for the Disneyland Ambassador program.
  • New Ambassador Team joins current Team as they host CHOC Walk in the Park 2014.
  • Megan Navarette and Sachiko White were interviewed about what comes next after being Disneyland Ambassadors on the patio of the Disneyland Disney Dream Suite.

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Mr. DAPs is the founder of DAPs Magic continues to run its day to day operations. He can be regularly found at Disneyland donning his hat and bow tie as he takes pictures and enjoys the Happiest Place on Earth. He is also a host on Geeks Corner – the Webshow and anchors news stories for DAPs Magic’s YouTube channel. You can also find him posting regularly on Twitter and Instagram. He’d love to connect with you so make sure and say hi!

2 Comments

  1. daniemhermes October 12, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    This is a lovely interview I really enjoyed watching it. Thanks for being present and sharing the magic Mr. Daps 🙂

    • Mr. DAPs October 12, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

      So glad you enjoyed it! It really is an honor to get to cover these types of events and meet people of this high of caliber. It is an incredible program with incredible people. 🙂

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