First Day at Walt Disney Pictures May 23rd, 1983
In 1983 when I was hired at, what was then called, Walt Disney Pictures every new employee went through a process to be welcomed into the family and to become familiar with the entire Walt Disney Company. The 3 day orientation was called Disney Way One.
The first day was on the main lot watching a “Welcome” video and then off to an in depth tour of the sound stages, editorial, animation, ink and paint, gallery cells and the back lot which then included such sets as from Zorro and Something Wicked This Way Comes. The second day was Imagineering and touring the parks and rides division, epcot and the sculpture shop. The third day was a bus ride to Disneyland in Anaheim California where we climbed into character costumes based on our hight and size and were sent out into the park with the public.
Top Row L-R: unknown, Ruben Procopio, Marty Korth, Mark Henn, Ron Rocha, Dave Bossert, Phil Nibbelink.
Bottom Row L-R: Ted Kiersey, Steve Gordon, Tony DeRosa, Kathy Zelinski, Dave Stephan, Barry Cook, Tina Price.
We were out with the public for 20 minutes at a time. Under our costumes we wore surgical hats and gloves and were literally drenched in sweat from the heat.
A personal memory of mine was the odd experience of children seeing you in the park and and running towards you with the biggest smiles on their faces. I couldn’t see them as they got closer due to my huge Brear Fox nose but I could feel them holding on and hugging my legs. We were allowed to give autographs but not any handwriting, only a paw print.