From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Laurel Slater
Some of my favorite Disney memories have taken place on Main Street, U.S.A. From “walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.” with my family for our photo with the Dapper Dans to seeing little ones going for their first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop, these are moments that will stay with me forever. Our cast members help create these special memories for guests each and every day, and I love when we get the opportunity to create magical moments for our cast members, too.
As thousands of fans lined up in Magic Kingdom Park to cheer on their favorite team and player during the Super Bowl celebration parade down Main Street, U.S.A. earlier this week, we surprised five cast members with the experience of a lifetime.
Based on their love and support of the Kansas City Chiefs, these cast member super fans were surprised with a photo moment with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.
“This moment meant the world to me,” said cast member Nellie Hundshamer. “Having just moved here from Kansas City to pursue my dream at Walt Disney World, I was overcome with emotion seeing my KC community in my new backyard! And when I found out we were going to be meeting Patrick Mahomes, I was so shocked I didn’t know what to say. I had to pinch myself! He represents all the good in Kansas City, so I was honored to have the chance to shake his hand.”
This special moment included another sprinkle of pixie dust as the cast members were treated to parade viewing with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek and Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro.
“It was so fun to see Chiefs fans lining Main Street, U.S.A.,”
said Cast Member Danielle Bacuyag. “You could feel the excitement and just
pure joy radiating from everyone there! I got goosebumps once the music
started and you could see the parade float rounding the bend into the Castle
Hub. Disney does parades like no one else!”
One of the best parts of #DisneyCastLife is creating magic for our cast and guests, and this is a moment our cast member super fans will remember for a long time.
“Coming to work for Disney has been an amazing experience,” said cast member Lexi Riddle. “I still have a lot of love for my hometown, and getting to participate in the parade brought everything full circle. It reminded me of the magic that we make for our guests and allowed me to celebrate where I came from.”