Guests at Carnation Cafe are often looking for more than a meal.
Cook Oscar Martinez, who celebrated his 55th anniversary with Disneyland Park on December 29,2011, has attained legendary status at the cafe on Main Street,U.S.A., with guests often asking him to join them in family photos. To mark the anniversary-which makes Oscar the longest-serving Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Cast Menmber- Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis presented a specially designed statue to Oscar at a December 30,2011 ceremony at the Main Street Opera House.
Hired at Disneyland Park in 1956, Oscar,76, has gone from busboy at the cafe to a sort of celebrity, donning a chef's hat as he waves to and chats with Guests as they enjoy his signature potatoes. So how did Oscar move his winning personality out from behind the grill?
"Mike Berry used to be in charge of food and he said,"We are going to take pictures," Oscar recalled. "The first picture I took I had two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I stood behind a family. So I started doing that a little by little more guests came. Now I have guests from China,Tokyo,Canada and Australia that come looking for me. They say,'Are you the one that is on the computer?' and I say 'Yes, I guess.' I never check the computer."
To date, Oscar is one of only six cast members of The Walt Disney Company to reach 55 years of service, with legendary Imagineer John Hench having the longest tenure at 65 years.
A sign of a great company, long term cast members...Dr Lee