Pin 69123 DLR - Cast Member Ambassador Uniform Pin

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One of the rarest, if not the rarest Cast Member uniform badge pins, this piece is not only a uniform badge, but an award for being selected an Ambassador of the Disneyland Resort. To date, since 1965, 57 Ambassadors have been selected to fulfill this position as the worldwide emissary representing the Disneyland Resort. The Ambassador program dates back to 1965, when Walt Disney selected guest relations hostess Julie Reihm to serve as the Disneyland Ambassador to the World during the park's 10th anniversary. Reihm helped handle interview and public appearance requests, travelled to five continents to represent Walt Disney and Disneyland, and served as VIP host for luminaries who visited Disneyland during the anniversary celebration. The position proved so valuable that an Ambassador or Ambassador team has represented Disneyland ever since. Walt Disney World and the international Disney resorts also all have Ambassador programs. For the first three decades of the program, the Disneyland Ambassador, sometimes referred to as the "travelling ambassador" or "Disneyland Hostess", was a female cast member, often selected from the ranks of guest relations hostesses. The first Ambassador team, including the first male Disneyland Ambassador, was selected in 1995. 2002 Ambassador Matt Ebeling was the first solo male Ambassador chosen worldwide. Names and photographs of all past Disneyland Ambassadors are available on the Disneyland Public Relations Web site. As the official representative of the Disneyland Resort cast, the Ambassador serves as a member of the C.A.S.T. Committee, and attends cast recognition programs, banquets, Spirit Award announcements, and retirement parties. The Ambassador is an active participant in Disney VoluntEARS efforts, and speaks at resort meetings about cast activities. The Ambassador also travels locally and around the world, as the "Emissary of Goodwill" from the Disneyland Resort. Ambassadors may attend grand openings or special events at other Disney resorts. When Ambassadors are not otherwise scheduled, they can request cross-training days, where they learn the roles of other cast members. If Ambassadors have always wanted to see what it was like to be a Jungle Cruise skipper, or to learn to pilot the Monorail, they are in a unique position to fulfill that dream. In fact, 2008 Ambassador David Gill says that had hoped for a job as a Monorail driver when he first applied to work at Disneyland, and that he is going to make sure he cross-trains on that attraction before his term is up. Once their term is over, Ambassadors are guaranteed positions with the Disneyland Resort. While some return to their original departments, others explore the new opportunities they were exposed to as Ambassadors. Previous Ambassadors are often called on to represent the resort at major events and to serve act as media hosts during press events. Former Ambassadors are also invited to return each year as the newest Ambassadors are named. Pin is approximately 2.5" high by 1.5" wide and has the following backstamp: "(C) Walt Disney Production" "China". It should be noted that "Walt Disney Productions" ceased being the corporate name in 1986, placing this pin at that year or prior. From 1986 to the present it is now known as the Walt Disney Company.

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