Cast Members Raise Money for Charity with Return of Annual Duck Races

This week there were ducks racing through “it’s a small world” before the park opened this week to raise money for charity. This was a part of the celebration of cast members leading up to Disneyland’s 66th anniversary. Cast Members purchased ducks for $5 each which benefited Goodwill of Orange County. Throughout the week cast members enjoyed were treated to free food, attraction experiences, after-hours celebrations in the parks, photo opportunities, giveaways, and these duck races.

The return of the Duck Races was a highlight for cast members who decorated their ducks and then set them off for their race and eagerly awaited their return. As the first duck returned from its happiest cruise on Earth, shouts could be heard celebrating the lead duck that was decorated by Ruth from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

“I’m not a morning person, so I actually feel amazing today coming out as first place,” said Ruth, Merchandise Host to the Disney Parks Blog. She shared about the inspiration for her duck saying, “I really like the character Ahsoka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Her character is very inspirational, and I think everybody can be an Ahsoka.”

Once the Duck Race was over and all the ducks had returned, cast members were able to enjoy some of their favorite Fantasyland attractions.

The Duck Races benefited the Goodwill of Orange County to help people overcome challenges to finding jobs. “We are proud to be a long-time partner of Disneyland Resort and so grateful to be the nonprofit recipient,” said Nicole Suydam, President and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County. “This mission work is more important than ever with the current unemployment rate for people with disabilities at 12.6% and we are committed to providing support, trainings and opportunities for everyone who wants to work.

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