Walt Disney World names 2015-2016 ambassadors in special ceremony to represent thousands of cast members

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Walt Disney World Resort has presented two Cast Members with the opportunity to serve as the next Disney Ambassadors as the program celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The ceremony was held at Epcot on Friday, October 10, where 2 out of 5 finalists were to be selected as the 2015-2016 Disney Ambassadors. Caitlin Busscher and Nathaniel Palma were selected to represent nearly 70,000 Cast Members in sharing the magic, inspiration and optimism of Disney throughout the resort and community as ambassadors of Walt Disney World Resort.


Video: President George Kalogridis Welcomes Walt Disney World’s New Ambassadors


Nathaniel Palma (Left), George A. Kalogridis (Center), Caitlin Busscher (Right)

Prior to their roles as Ambassadors, Caitlin Busscher worked as a costuming leader at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the Jedi Training Academy while Nathaniel Palma worked as a performer and trainer in entertainment at Magic Kingdom.

Caitlin and Nathaniel will be part of occasions such as Downtown Disney becoming Disney Springs, Animal Kingdom debuting the ‘Rivers of Light’ show and nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari ride, and other special events.

While Mickey carried the scroll which had the names of the new ambassadors, Minnie presented the selected 2015-2016 Disney Ambassadors with the official pins as part of the announcement.

The Disney Ambassador Program dates back to 1965 when Walt Disney selected the first Ambassador, Julie Reihm (below) who appeared on the behalf of the parks when Walt was not available.

We wish Caitlin and Nathaniel best of luck in their roles as ambassadors of Walt Disney World.

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    Jeff Lynch

    Nathaniel is kind of cute. Good pick.

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    Nick Faver

    Just a friendly note: the last picture is actually of Debby Dane-Brown, who although she was the first Walt Disney World ambassador in 1971, is different from Julie Reihm, who represented all of Disney Parks in 1964 back when Disneyland was the only property.

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    Steven

    Debby Dane Browne is pictured in the last image; she was the first Walt Disney World Ambassador. Julie Reihm made an appearance at the Disneyland Ambassador Ceremony in California the same day, however.

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    Jack MacGregor

    Need to know 2015-16 WDW presidents email address. I have a question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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