Some people really love their job.
50 years have passed since Disney World in Florida opened for the first time. Over time, much has changed like old rides they were replaced and new characters were added. Over the years, however, some things have remained constant.
Chuck Milam, George Kalogridis and Earline Anderson have been working on the park since its opening day. They recently spoke to him Associated Press about your time at one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions.
Anderson, who works in merchandising at a hotel in the Magic Kingdom, said, “Disney has been my love, and still is. I love Disney.”
Kalogridis, who started in the park after graduating from high school, worked his way up to being named president of Disney World and Disneyland in California.
Forrest Bahruth was initially hired as a show director for the park in January 1971, making him another 50-year-old member of the club. Over the past five decades, he says he has had the opportunity to help open other Disney theme parks, though he still returns to Disney World.
“There are people all over the world who get up to go to work. They’re not happy with it. They really don’t like their jobs,” Bahruth said. “As you can see from us, there is enthusiasm. We are privileged to be in a place where we love what we do.”
While it’s been a long time, Milam says she still remembers the opening day. One moment that caught his eye, in particular, was a photo of all the workers that was taken near Cinderella’s castle.
Milam explained: “They brought in all the characters, they staged them first and then they tried to keep all the different workers together based on the color of their costumes. If you were from Fantasyland and in yellow, you would go there.”