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  • On May 20, 2019
    Daria from CA Asked

    My 90 year old Neighbor was a Draftsman for Disneyland as the park was being built. He worked on the Submarine & Matterhorn rides; and had work interactions with Walt Disney during this process. Any type of Discounts offered to original employees?

    Hi there, Daria!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thanks so much for your wonderful question. What I would give to spend time with your neighbor as he reminisces about the early days of Disneyland! It blows my mind to hear people speak about their first-hand interactions with Walt himself. He must have some fascinating stories!

    While unfortunately there is not a discount for these early Cast Members, there are often Special Offers available for Guests online. Keep in mind to also check the Southern California discounts that are exclusive to these residents if you both qualify. Many SoCal residents love to take advantage of the exclusive Annual Passport that allows a year of magical visits to the Happiest Place on Earth.

    I think your neighbor will be quite impressed with all the enhancements the Disneyland Resort has received over the years, but he will still see so many familiar sights from the beginning. One of my favorite new features on the Disneyland app lets you search for which attractions have actually been in Disneyland Park since it opened. When you open up the Disneyland app, select "Attractions" on the top of the park map. Use the "Filter" feature on the top left of the screen to select "1955 Original Ride" under "Interests." There are actually 14 attractions currently in the park since this first year! Plus, there are many more that have been delighting guests for decades.

    I hope this helps, and I wish your neighbor a truly magical return to the Disneyland Resort.
    -Jennifer
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, New Mexico

Hi there!  I'm Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a toddler mom, military wife, and dentist who is constantly inspired by Disney. One of my greatest pleasures is helping others experience the magic of a Disney vacation! I can't wait to answer your questions so that you can easily explore the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy at the Disneyland Resort. Learn More About Jennifer

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