Disney Executive Joins Board of Clean the World Foundation


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Vice President of Lodging Mark Rucker has been named to the board of directors at Clean the World Foundation, an Orlando-based organization that recycles soap and shampoo and distributes them around the world to those living in poverty.Each year, millions of children die from hygiene-related illnesses because essential items for proper hand washing are unobtainable. Clean the World aims to stop those needless deaths from occurring by distributing soap products … [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates White Rhino Birth in Uganda


Nande, a 12-year-old female white rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, gave birth June 4 to a healthy female calf at the Ziwa Sanctuary in Uganda. The baby, named Malaika (“angel” in Swahili), is the first female white rhino born in Uganda in more than 30 years.Animal care experts from the Rhino Fund Uganda team have been closely monitoring Nande and Malaika as they bond. Nande is a second-time mother. She gave birth to her first baby, a male calf, in 2009.Nande is one of two white … [Read more...]

Disney Cast Members Nominated for National Awards in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math


Five cast members from Walt Disney World Resort are nominees for honors at this fall’s Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) conference. The event aims to promote STEM careers in underserved communities.Committees made up of representatives from industry, government, military and academic institutions recently held a summit at Walt Disney World to select this year’s award nominees, who represent the best and brightest Hispanic professionals and promising students in … [Read more...]

Dine with an Disney Imagineer


Here’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine with a real-life Disney Imagineer and enjoy engaging behind-the-scenes conversation over a delectable lunch at the chic Bamboo Room of the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.Up to 10 guests join in stimulating discussion with one of the incredible creative artists who bring the magic to Walt Disney World attractions and resort hotels. Learn from these talented men or women what it’s like working in the most magical place … [Read more...]

Woman arrested at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, accused of hitting 1-year-old

Jessica M. Lewis

A woman was arrested at Disney's Magic Kingdom park on Thursday after authorities say she punched and kicked her toddler in front of witnesses, jail records show.Orange County sheriff's deputies were called to the park after witnesses said they saw 26-year-old Jessica M. Lewis repeatedly strike the 1-year-old.Lewis, of New Orleans, La., struck the child "in the abdomen/stomach area with a closed fist, causing the child to bend over, clutch his stomach, and cry from the strike," an … [Read more...]