January 15, 2012

King Arthur

If you were part of Disneyland in the days when it had a parking lot, you probably knew Arthur.

Those of us in the Cast knew him well. He was there nearly every day. We talked with him as he made his regular rounds around the Park, always asking how we were and "How's business?" He spoke in words formed around his few remaining teeth. There weren't many left, but they were almost constantly smiling. And we drove him home after work when we found him waiting at Harbor House for somebody to give him a lift.

Arthur was the closest thing that I can think of to having Walt strolling around the Magic Kingdom. Just his presence renewed any sparkle that might have gotten a little bit dulled by the often extremely hard work of creating happiness for others.

This old Orange County Register article is a great way to meet him and I hope to start a happy new year. Cheers!