We have come from everywhere over the past sixty-five plus years. But we all came together working as Cast Members, or their families, or friends or fans at the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland, California.
As the Disneyland Resort has grown over the years, with new Lands, Park and Hotels, so have our memories. As part of the Disneyland Alumni Club we can still come together and continue to share our special culture and experiences and even new ones as we are Always Part of the Magic!
To Preserve, Honor, and Perpetuate the Values, Traditions, and Outlook upon which Disneyland was created.
This is the opening sentence from the first newsletter of The Disneyland Alumni Club, written by Van A. France, founder of the University of Disneyland and The Disneyland Alumni Club, as well as a Disney Legend. “I created the Alumni Club because Disneyland’s leaders and I wanted to make Disneyland a life-long experience, something that adds to a Cast Member’s life after their work experience here at the Happiest Place on Earth comes to a close,” Van said.
“All Disneyland Cast Members are special. Walt knew that,” explained one of our founders.
“In fact, he said, they have to be special in order to bring to life an outdoor entertainment experience found nowhere else in the world. The Disneyland Alumni Club brings together those special people and helps them all stay in touch with each other, while it preserves, honors, and perpetuates the values, traditions, and outlook upon which Disneyland was created.”
For many years after its founding in 1983, The Disneyland Alumni Club existed as a list in a desk drawer. After Van’s passing in 1999, The Disneyland Alumni Club became self-supporting in 2001.
In 2005, after Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary, your all-volunteer leaders recognized the need for a fresh approach and a re-established foundation. Consequently in 2010, The Disneyland Alumni Club became a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, supported by its members and occasional donations.
Since then, we have been able to host speaker series, a celebration for the Park’s 60th anniversary, screenings, and to add a number of popular new venues.
We’re delighted to say this club continues to grow. We even have our own Facebook page. We tweet too!
While the need for fresh input will always exist, we can confidently say that The Disneyland Alumni Club remains devoted and committed to the original vision of “you can’t take Disneyland out of the person”. The Disneyland Alumni Club is a lifelong connection for former Cast Members.
So, if you haven’t signed up for Club membership yet, please do so today. We’d love to know who you are, where you are, and how we can continue to keep the ever-growing list of Disneyland Alumni connected and Always Part of the Magic!
The Board of Directors
Richard Ferrin – Chair
Ted Yamada – President
Mark Eades – Secretary & Treasurer
Executive Directors & Managers
Mark Eades – E-blast Newsletter and Blog Editor
Mary Ann Meirowsky – Merchandise Director
Mark Houck – Events and Marketing Director
Michele Nagata – 65th Dinner Committee Chair
Peggy Matthews Rose – Facebook Editor and Newsletter Contributor
Donna Sue Davis – Locations Director
Ted Yamada – President
Steve Davis – Events Coordinator
Jerry Meirowsky – Events Coordinator
Dansen Lipock – Events Coordinator
Scott Phillips – Creative Director
Richard Ferrin – Art Director
One way in which we are “living Walt” is by honoring his love for children through our support of children’s charities.
In the past we have raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (also known as CHOC), the Ryman Arts Foundation, the Carolwood Society (known by many as the group behind “Walt’s Barn” in Griffith Park), the Rheuben Allen Education Foundation and along with donating toys to Toys for Tots
Throughout the year, we will show you how to offer your personal support in unique ways because you are Always Part of the Magic!