Carl and Sue Casebeer met at Disneyland while both were working in Frontierland. Him on the Mark Twain, her at the Golden Horseshoe.
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Carl Casebeer’s Disneyland story started the same day the park opened, on July 17, 1955. No, he wasn’t one of the first cast members. He was a second grader at a local school in Anaheim. His class and many others were invited to the park for opening day. So they boarded buses and were off […]

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Bill Reyes, an aficionado, digitally recreated the music heard in the heaven caverns room inside the Calico Mine Train Ride at Knott's Berry Farm.
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Music, trains, and theme parks are passions of Bill Reyes, and he’s found a way to work all three into his life. Unusually enough, it began when Bill’s dad learned his young son preferred music to sports—and rather than lose heart at not having a future athlete in the family, he encouraged Bill’s love of […]

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Tim Strauch II on his first day as a Disneyland character. Here he is dressed as Br'er Fox. Used by permission.
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Some teachers in school are real characters. In Tim Strauch II’s case, he was one—a Disneyland character that is. Actually Tim, 44, played several Disneyland characters during his time as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department from November 1996 to January 2001, including Pluto, Buzz Lightyear, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Eeyore, Rafiki, Geppetto, […]

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Scott Zone, the official archivist of the Disney family home movies, stands in front of a bench from Griffith Park at Disneyland.
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If you’re a fan of the Walt Disney Family Museum and all the great videos featuring Walt Disney and his family on display there, then you have Scott Zone to thank for how great they look—and it all started in 1995. At that time, Scott was working at Orion as a colorist in video post-production […]

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John Waite once worked as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland. This photo was taken in 1958.
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“I have always loved amusement parks,” John Waite told me. It’s a love affair that started when he was a kid growing up in Cleveland and stuck with him while studying theater at nearby Allegheny College—so much so that he worked at Euclid Beach Park (an amusement park on the southern shore of Lake Erie […]

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