December 5, 2009


Many of us reflect on the purpose of life when Decembers come around. Walt was born today, and one of his quotes about his most famous creation seems like both a good tribute to the man and a fine thought to inspire those resolving things for the next year and beyond:

All we ever intended for him or expected of him was that he should continue to make people everywhere chuckle with him and at him. We didn't burden him with any social symbolism, we made him no mouth piece for frustrations or harsh satire. Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter.

The simple purpose of bringing joy to others. Happy birthday, Walt. And thank you from all of us for the gift.


Anonymous said...

Great blog! It kind of tripped me out though because I also worked at Disneyland in the 80's (1984-87), ALSO in Outdoor Vending AND my name is Anne too!

I'm sure we must have known each other at the time, seemed like we always knew everyone. Your memories and observations looking back on those times are just as I recall. Your stories and analysis are exactly what I would write if I was doing it myself.

Those were the best of times. Working like a dog all day in the hot sun then going to HoJo's with the entire gang afterwards. Yeah.

Again, thanks for the blog. I'll definitely keep reading!


Yellows said...


Thanks! So nice to hear from someone from my Disneyland years AND my department! You started the year after I did and stayed a year after I left. We must have known each other then. Sorry that time takes away so many names.

Do you remember any of these ODV friends-

Tina Cruciotti
Greg Wexler
Vicki Kagen
Wendy Maimbourg
Lance Larsen
Reid Rova
Carolyn McKay
Gary Hollins

I really miss those days in August pushing a wagon back in from Bear Country to our area behind America Sings. Or taking out a couple of bunches of fifty fresh Mickey balloons right before closing. And many late nights after work heading across Harbor Blvd. to Dennys. Good times! Hope to see you again soon!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I've had to reach the deepest depths of my brain to remember some of these names/people!

The first four, the names I remember, not the faces so much. Lance, Julie and Reid though, they were my main gang. I was in Julie and Lance's wedding, I know Julie worked there for a while. There was a younger guy too, Mark from Tustin I remember, we carpooled to work sometimes. I remember (2) leads named Heidi and Terry I think. Also a manager named Tina? Also remember starting the summer of 1984 (on IC-1) and meeting a girl named Leigh Ann, a guy named Dom, a guy named Zach who was studying to be a chiropractor and a guy named Mark (i think) who was studying IT at Devry. I remember one summer he and I were both taking a class and we snuck off to various break rooms to study! No really to study. We'd race through our relief shift like mad to cram in a few hours of homework in a westside breakroom where no one could find us! Chemistry 101 in 5 weeks and working 4-12's. Oh yeah.

I was on the very first shift of the very first churro prototype wagon, we rolled it out in front of fantasyland autopia, and it was a hit! Driving through the park at night to stock wagons. Yelling excuse me as loud as you could while pushing 500 lbs of ice cream. Great times.

It's amazing how I think back on those days even now. How I learned the strong work ethic I still have today. Also, wasn't being in ODV fun, (as you say the best possible job) because you could go anywhere! Just think of those people that only worked Coke terrace or just a westside attraction. But us, we got to see every nook and cranny of the entire park! I sure appreciated that when I went back with my kids when they were small and I still knew where every single drinking fountain or bathroom was. After a year and a half or so in ODV, I switched to Fantasyland attractions, which everyone thought was the glory jobs to be in attractions. It was a lot cushier and not so sweaty, but not anywhere near the fun and commaradery we developed in ODV.

I was fortunate enough to go back as a professional in the marketing dept. from about 1998-2000. Had a whole different, but great experience doing that too. Some exciting access to more areas of the park too. Each time I'd go in to sign in a friend, I'd always walk rather than the shuttle. I enjoyed the memories on the way to the front gate.

I'll try to round up some old pics if I can find them in the garage.

Oh yeah and I still remember the extension to the balloon room, 5580. Someone told me to remember that you have to go 55 but you want to go 80. Well, it worked, I've never forgotten it! Wonder if it's still the same?