Dr. Lee Returning Home To Dine At Club 33

After working 28 years at Club 33, it was so wonderful to return, but this time I was the guest!
Mickey and Pluto seemed happy to see me and I was sure happy to see them. Honestly, I miss Club 33, being there felt like home.

Dr. Lee Waiting For The Next Drink Order!

Dr. Lee Waiting For The Next Drink Order!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

New merchandise return policy:

A new 30-day merchandise return policy will be implemented for purchases beginning May 2, 2011 at all Disney-owned-and-operated stores within Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Stores also will introduce and use a new domestic Disney Parks Merchandise Credit for all returns without a receipt. Annual passholders, Disney Vacation Club, cast members, and cast members discounts will not be applicable with the use of the Disney Parks Merchandise Credit.

Change is good...DR LEE

Partners for 50 years:

In 1960, Partners Federal Cerdit Union began at the Disney Studio Lot in Burbank. In Anahiem, a modest backstage office at Disneyland had the makings of a financial companion that would one day be trusted by thousands of Disney cast members worldwide. Ten branches, 100,000 members and 50 years later, Partners Federal Credit Union is one of the first places cast members and their families go to buy houses, cars and plan for retirement. In 1968, Disneyland created another credit union by cast members. Originally called the DCR (Disneyland Recreational Club) Federal Credit Union, the credit union changed it's name in the 70's to Disneyland Employees Federal Credit Union and in the 80's to Partners Federal Credit Union. In November 2007, Vista and Partners merged to form the credit union that we know today.

Been a member of this since 1982... DR LEE

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Courage to commit to zero-waste, Circle D:

From composting horse manure to recycling used horseshoes, Circle D cast members are committed to reducing their waste stream to achieve their zero-waste goal.

Here's a sample of what Circle D diverts from landfills:

...All used horseshoes and stainless steels metals are recycled and old horse accessories are repurposed by Resort Echancement.

...Circle D composts manure, hay and shavings. Resort restaurants partner with Circle D by bringing coffee grounds to be composted as well.

...Soft plastics are recycled, such as bags bedding arrives in.

...Circle D neighbors the Environmental Activity Center, which makes it possible to recycle large quantities of propylene bailing twine used for hay, plus miscellaneous rigid plastics.

...At the cast commissaries, the team plans to use reusable mugs and eco to-go containers,receiving 20 cents off for every meal purchase and beverage refill.

These efforts and the leadership team's support showcases Circle D's COURAGE to commit to simple changes for the environment.

We all seen the horses on Main Street,U.S.A. in Disneyland Park, but do you know where these horses really live? Backstage, north of Frontierland in Disneyland Park, there is a working ranch, called Circle D Corral. I have seen this working ranch when I was backstage,over the years. Way nice!!

Here are some fun facts about Disneyland Park Circle D Ranch:

...The ranch is currently home to 28 horses, a jersey cow,two miniature donkeys, three turkeys and 15 goats.

...48 cast members work at the ranch.

...All the horses are large "draft" horses(Draft Horses are horses that are adapted to pull heavyloads).

...The following breeds of horses are represented at Circle D: Percheron, Clydesdale, Belgian and Shire.

...No Disneyland horse works more than 4 hours a day, 3 days a week.

...And, like all cast members, the horses at Disneyland Park always wear their name tags when they are working.

Zero waste,nice....DR LEE

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon:

On April 19, runDisney announced the newest race in the runDisney line-up. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend will be held at the Disneyland Resort, January 27-29, 2012, and is a chance for all women to take on a 13.1 mile challenge with Tink's trademark sassy attitude and sense of adventure. This women's race will allow participants the chance to earn their "wings" with a Tinker Bell-inspired finisher medal after completing the 13.1 miles through Disneyland Park, Disney California Park and the city of Anahiem. Participants also will have the opportunity to visit a two-day health and fitness expo and participate in the Family Fun Run 5K. To register for this inaugural race,visit rundisney.com.

Come on Ladies,get your Wings...DR LEE

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hawai'i, New York and Canada, here we come:

The Disney Cruise Line has announced its 2012 itineraries, which include its most extensive line up ever. Here's a snapshot of where the ships will be headed:

April 29,2012...the Disney Wonder will cruise to the Aloha State on a 15-night voyage from Los Angeles, calling on four Hawaiian ports.

May 25,2012...the Disney Magic will sail 20 cruises from New York, including eight-night voyages to Port Canaveral, Fla., and the Bahamas: five-night cruises to the Canadian ports of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick; and two-night weekend getaways from the Big Apple.

May 28,2012...the Disney Wonder will sail from Seattle to the state of Alaska on seven-night voyages, including a stop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

September 22, 2012...from Galveston,Texas, the Disney Magic will sail seven-night Pacific Coast cruises calling on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.

Have you ever been on a cruise? I have in Apirl/May 2008, Disney Magic, Eastern Caribbean with my then girlfriend and her two kids.
I've been asked,"aren't there lots of kids on Disney Cruises?" "Yes" is the answer. However, with that being said, Disney has many adult activities. On our cruise, we dropped off the kids in the morning or evening at a variety of fun events. This allowed us adult time to shop, hit the bars, go dancing, enjoy adult comedy acts and so on. In other words, whether or not you have kids with you on your cruise, on a Disney cruise you can choose how much contact you have with them. If you go on a Disney Cruise without children, you can avoid kids all together. Disney's Island "Castaway Cay" is reserved exclusively for guests of the Disney Cruises. "Serenity Bay Beach" is on the other side of this island and is reserved exclusively for "adults only." This special destination allows you to receive a decadent massage in an ocean view cabana, relaxing privacy on a white sand beach overlooking the clear turquoise water with swaying palm trees, or simply enjoying a quiet drink at the bar with an unbelievable ocean view.
I must say that those nightly live stage shows and fireworks while at sea were amazing. We enjoyed rotation dining every night. It allowed us the pleasure of a different restaurant nightly, while developing a friendship with our favorite servers at table 74!
Even as a "retired Club 33 cast member" so familiar with Disneys' legendary quality; the incredible amenities, service, food, and attention to detail offered on the Disney Cruise left me speechless! Disney knows how to treat their guests and if you are considering a cruise, take it from DR LEE, a Disney Cruise is simply the best. You will be as I, talking about all those memories for years.

Smooth Sailing......DR LEE

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day, April 22,2011:

Now that the tax man has come and gone(April 18th), let's turn all our energy to "Earth Day."
Last week, a close friend of my asked me to go with him and his son to Glamis,near Brawley,California to ride the sand dunes with their sand toys.(Quads,sand rail,motor cycles) Since I have never done this before, I saided "sure why not!!"
Our first day there was windy, the second rainy and the third so amazing, unbeliveable amount of stars that night. Sitting there next to the fire, looking up,WOW,all those stars,to see the white of the Milkly Way,sure feel small! However, feeling small was ok. During the day as most were enjoying their "sand toys" I was wondering the sand dunes with a large plastic trash bag. Long story short, when we left on Sunday,I had collected 3 bags of cans,plastic bottles,assorted metals,and paper from those sand dunes. We even found a new car,burned, up-side down and reported it to the ranger.
So my challenge to all of you, on Earth Day, stop for a second and give thanks, then try to do something positive for Mother Earth? If you can, buy local food staples,ride-share,recycle,and when you travel some place, take along a trash bag and collect and get some exercise. After my day of collecting with gloves on,walking thru those sand dunes,slept really good. Returning home, all those recyclables were taken to our local recycler. Just a note here, was offered money for my recyclables,"no way" was my answer, don't do it for the money, do it for Mother Earth.


Friday, April 15, 2011

My Career at the Disneyland Resort:

Seems like yesterday year,remember filling out that job application and waiting for that letter approx. a week later. Opening this letter,I remember telling everyone I was going to work at Disneyland.
After a few days at the Disney University,I was to be an "attraction host" in Fontierland on the Mark Twain. My first day was 12-12-81. Was un-aware at the time,but as a new cast member,operating the Mark Twain was only for the cast members with years of senority and most new cast members would be sent to the Jungle Cruise.
After a few months, I was sent to the Tree House,Shooting Gallery then finally to the Jungle Cruise. It was fun being the skipper, my wife told me that one night, I sat up in bed in my sleep and saided my entire spieal!
I wanted to go full time with Disney and the only openings for full time with benefits was in foods and some placed called Club 33. Most cast members wanted to transfer out of foods and into attractions, but not me, Club 33 here I come.
Started as a dish washer and soon,like about 3 months, was trained as a busboy,then lead and finally "Bartender." The rest is history and well,you know the rest of the story.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Anything is possible:

When it comes to a career with The Walt Disney Company there's no truer phrase than "it's a small world after all." You never know where you will find yourself next,Disneyland Park...Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park...maybe even the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

One needn't look any further than the beginning of The Walt Disney Company for a bit of inspiration. In 1923, with just $40 in his pocket, Walt Disney joined his brother Roy in Los Angeles,California. The Midwest-born duo started a motion picture studio out of their uncle's garge, and today that same company is cherished worldwide and ranked #14 on the Fortune's list of "World's Most Admired Companies." The Disney brothers' story is one of the great American success stories, full of struggles and triumphs. And it's cast members,just like DR LEE,who carry on the Disney legacy to dream the impossible and create true magic.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

History of the Disney University:

Every Disneyland resort cast member passes through the halls of the Disney University at some point in their Disney career, beginning with Traditions. But where and when did the Disney University begin? In 1962, Van Arsdale France was inspired by Ed Ettinger, Public Relations director who exclaimed," What we need is something that affects the total organization. Some tired training program won't do it. We need something like a university...a program which pioneers new ground in this revolutionary concept of Walt's." And thus the University of Disneyland was created. The name would later be changed to Disney University and replicated in every Disney site around the world. The university's humble beginnings began in a trailer on Harbor Blvd. complete with one projector and the resort's first IBM eletric typewriter. One of the first classes designed after the orientation program was called "You're On Stage at Disneyland," focusing on the product cast members deliver to guests- happiness-and emphasized that we are in the show business, a sentiment that continues to be part of who we are as Disneyland Resort cast members.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Apirl 22,2011, Mother Earth Day:

Here are some ways to help our Mother Earth:

1...Reduce,reuse,recycle! Reduce the use of disposables; use reusable plates and silverware if you are dining in. Choose a reusable cup, mug, or water bottle instead of disposable cups. Recycle cans, bottles, newspapers and anything recyclable.

2...Use water wisely, everyone knows how precious and limited our water resources are. Look for ways to reduce your water usage, like fixing leaky faucets and running toilets, reducing water usage when cleaning and irrigation and saving water while cooking and washing dishes.

3...Lights out! Conserve energy! Turn off lights when not in use, power down computers at the end of the day, and unplug any unnecessary electronic devices.

4...Carpooling,vanpooling,biking,walking,work a 4 day work week instead of 5 or taking the train are earth-friendly ways to commute to work.

5...Get outside more, plant a garden,plant a few trees! Trees are like big air conditioners, providing shade to your home,there-by not having to use that air conditioner,let's not forget, great for a tree swing! Planting your own garden, growing your own food has many benfits, like,getting you outside,fresh air, getting your bare hands in the dirt(no gloves,feel the good earth),and you will not have to travel to the store to buy it.

6...One thing as a cast member at Club 33 that I started, was the glass bottle recycling program. Approx. 1990, with my managers approval, glass bottles, from the kitchen,bar and glass water bottles from the dining rooms were placed in plastic bins. At the end of the day, all glass was removed downstairs and placed in a huge metal bin. At first it was a work in progress,then slowly, the volume increased to were that huge metal bin was picked up every other day. As of this writing, that glass recycling is still at Club 33.

7..At the Disneyland Resort,all the on-stage trash bins are collected,emptied and removed backstage and sorted for plastic bottles,soda cans and anything else recyclable. All the mill shops,painting shops,in other words thru-out the Disneyland Resort, "RECYCLING" is a way of life for all cast members.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Disney Commuter Assistance:

Clean air commuting-then and now!

On Nov. 9, 1973 then Chairman and CEO Donn Tatum distributed a memo to all cast members of the Walt Disney Company, stating the immediate implementation of a Commuter Assistance program. It wasn't until 1990 that formal records were kept on cast members enrolled. At that time, 120 participants were involved. Today, more than 2,000 cast members rideshare on an average day, and nearly 5,000 cast members are active program participants. Currently, cast members benefit from carpooling, vanpooling,walking,bicycling, riding the bus or train,driving clean fuel vehicles,or working compressed workweeks. From subsidies for bus and train riders to a daily dollar for most other modes, cast memebers resortwide are rewarded for their commitment to helping to clean the air. Incentives vary depending on mode of clean air commuting.

Do you know that over the years as a cast member,I carpooled, was a driver for a vanpool and took Metro Link(train)from 14th street in Riverside to Angel Stadiem then took a van to Disneyland.I can remember on the way home at 5:30,Metro Link runs near the 91 freeway, we would see all that traffic,we would been in Riverside in approx. 40 minutes, if you drove, about 2 hours.
On 9-11, I took the train to work,the 7:20 a.m. train, remember New York is 3 hours ahead of us, 10:20 a.m.there. Those attacks were done, those twin towers were falling. On a normal day, everyone would be napping,however, on this day,"EVERYONE" was talking,about what they had heard on T.V. or radio that morning. I heard someone say something about the twin towers falling, I not knowing what was going on, relyed,"What movie are you talking about!" Needless to say, I was brought up to date in short order. Arriving to start my shift at Club 33, we were all sent home,and Disneyland was closed for the day. Now, riding the train home was crazy, again on a normal day, this train would be empty,but not this day,so many people,from Los Angeles,Orange County, San Diego,remember all planes grounded, it was standing room only,shoulder to shoulder. Returning home, turned on the T.V.,the rest is history.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Disneynature,African Cats:

Disneynature is teaming up with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to celebrate the release of the new Disneynature feature film " African Cats" April 22,2011.
The epic true story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother's strength,spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns;and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion.
During the film's opening week, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs,elephants, zerbra, giraffes and a host of other animals on the vibrant savanna.

Disneynature presents: African Cats, "KINGDOM OF COURAGE"

Friday, April 1, 2011

What's old is new again:

Property Control steers used Disneyland items away from the trash. Old bedroom furniture. Worn-out dinnerware. Standard-def television sets. All things ready for replacement.
But what happens to those old items after you make the big upgrade?
Many search for the nearest landfill,but when you upgrade as constantly as the Disneyland Resort does, there is an endless stream of stuff useful enough to keep out of the trash.
Property Control is a small team with a big job. Most people don't think about the afterlife of these items being replaced. Property Control works closely with other departments to support the company's goal of bringing net waste down to zero.
The first call often made by Property Control is to the Walt Disney Archives, which preserves items of historical value. If the Archives passes, Property Control works to find other options, including partnering with community relations to donate items to charity, or with environmental initiatives to redeploy or recycle.
Some items are even made available for purchase in the Property Control area inside Company D. Lightly used Disneyland Hotel furniture, table settings from restaurants, and even unneeded costume pieces for Halloween.
Items that Property Control has handled:

1...Disneyland Railroad tracks;

2...Mickey Mouse's parade car;

3...A British-style phone booth from the Disneyland Hotel;

4...Sun icon from Sunshine Plaza;

5...Exercise machines from the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship;

6...Hook's Pointe furniture;

7...Irrigation systems;

8...Peter Pan ride vehicles;

9...Rockin' California Screamin marquee sign;