Did You Know? Character dining has returned to select dining locations at the Disneyland Resort

1. Character dining has returned to select dining locations at the Disneyland Resort

TRUE. Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park, featuring an all-you-care-to-enjoy spread of morning favorites, from made-to-order omelets to Mickey waffles, has returned to Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., with more locations reopening soon!


Fans of “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” will be tapping to a new song with the debut of an animated scene based on Disney and Pixar’s “Coco.” The film’s fun, upbeat music and characters combined with the humor of Donald Duck marks the first time Disney and Pixar animators have worked on a creative endeavor where characters from both animation studios will be seen together on screen. (Disney Parks)

2. A scene from the Disney film “Moana” was added to “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” in Disney California Adventure park.

FALSE. Experience the new scene from Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” in 3D with Donald joining in on the fun during “Mickey’s PhilharMagic.”

3. Disneyland Resort cast members have access to Talkspace, a convenient, personal, and professional online messaging therapy service.

TRUE. With Talkspace, cast members can speak with a dedicated licensed therapist anytime, anywhere through the Employee Assistance Program.

4. Guests will soon get to be pampered from head-to-toe in a tranquil sanctuary at Tenaya Stone Spa.

TRUE.  Opening on Sept. 16, 2021, this upscale spa is nestled in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa near GCH Craftsman Grill. Tenaya Stone Spa will initially be for guests of the three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, and will be open to non-hotel guests at a later date. Advanced reservations can be made today on Disneyland.com.

5. Since 2017, Disneyland Resort has provided over 50 career development sessions.

FALSE. The resort has provided more than 100 career development sessions, including 36 Speakers Bureau sessions, 61 professional workshops, and 13 Y.E.S. programs to workforce development nonprofit partners in the community.

6. Hotel guests are able to check in online and will soon be able to go straight to their room upon arrival with a digital key.

TRUE. Guests must be signed into their Disney account on the Disneyland app to access the digital key feature. Online check-in is available at all three hotels of the Disneyland Resort, and digital key will soon be available at both the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, with Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel joining later.


Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the spirit of Dîa de los Muertos Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021, plus decor and entertainment inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Coco.” Among the activities to enjoy are “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” an entertaining street show honoring the beloved film and the everlasting bonds of family. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

7. Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure park celebrates the spirit of Dia de los Muertos Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021, plus decor and entertainment inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Coco.”

TRUE. Among the activities to enjoy are “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” an entertaining street show honoring the beloved film and the everlasting bonds of family.

8. For the 2020-2021 school year, Disneyland Resort paused its virtual workforce development program.

FALSE. Disneyland Resort pivoted its workforce development program and was able to provide 35 virtual sessions during the 2020-2021 school year.

 

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Cast Life: How This Disneyland Resort Cast Member is Mastering His Mental Health

Understanding our mental health has been a priority for many people over the past year, including Eric Davis, a parade support cast member at the Disneyland Resort. This past year, while Eric worked with a therapist through Disney’s free Employee Assistance Program, he also discovered that he wants to become a therapist himself.

“I’ve always been go, go, go,” Eric explained. “During the pandemic, I was able to finally stop and reflect and say, ‘OK, what do I want to do when I grow up?’” A particularly insightful session with his therapist led to a lightbulb moment. “She stopped mid-session and said, ‘Wait. Have you thought about doing this as a career?” Eric recalled. “I was sort of blindsided but then I thought about it and it actually sounded like a perfect fit.”

Just a few weeks later, Eric enrolled to get his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brandman University through Disney Aspire, Disney’s educational investment program for hourly cast members. Eric was able to start his program online last fall and is on track to graduate in 2024. And with the support of his leadership at Disney and his friends and family, Eric finally feels like he’s on the right path. “I’ve plugged Aspire [to other cast members] for years, but I never took advantage of it because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do,” Eric shared. “It was one of those happy accidents where this would have never happened if we hadn’t gone through a pandemic.”

Eric’s journey with mental health has helped inform his personal style as a future therapist and he’s especially looking forward to being a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community. “My therapist told me that there’s not enough LGBTQ+ therapists or enough male therapists,” Eric said. “By bringing my authentic self into my practice, I’m going to be able to help so many people because I will be a resource that doesn’t exist right now.”

In the meantime, Eric will continue to advocate for mental health and the resources available through Disney to his fellow cast members. “Our mental health is just as important as our physical health,” Eric shared. “It’s essential to make sure cast members know to take advantage of the resources the company offers and take time for themselves.”

Disney Aspire is an educational investment and career development program for eligible hourly full-time and part-time cast members and employees — opening up opportunities for them through education and continuing to invest in them after graduation to truly help them get to where they want to go… whether at Disney or beyond.

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