By Lynn Jones-Turpin – Walt Disney World recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with fireworks, fanfare, food and fun! On October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida. Media representatives from around the world pounced down in Orlando for a celebration of 50 years of Walt Disney’s ingenuity, dedication and his wish for families in the future to enjoy their personal world of fun! Hosted media executives and photojournalist reservations were inside the newly renovated Contemporary Resort. The lobby and guest rooms pay homage to Disney’s blockbuster movie ‘The Incredible’s,’ a family of heroes (one of my favorites wanted to name my grandson, Dash!). The history books, note that “Disney’s Contemporary Resort, originally to be named Tempo Bay Hotel and is located at the Walt Disney World Resort opened on October 1, 1971, the hotel is one of two original properties located at the complex alongside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and is adjacent to the Magic Kingdom theme park.’
With gold 50th emblems everywhere you look, Walt Disney World has made its mark on the entertainment and resort industry. From Magic Kingdom where Queen Tiana sits on her throne and Minnie and Mickey Mouse welcome you to their home; don’t forget the trusted Animal Kingdom where the jungle rises to meet you! Hollywood Studios is the place for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistant to the hotel rooms that provide five-star treatment, Disney’s 50th and beyond can accommodate any request. On the menu were t-shirts from the past, and the current Disney ‘gold ear bling’ hats and the classic nostalgic tees that were birth in 1971. In addition, during the festivities, the Contemporary Resort opened their new SteakHouse71 featuring some of Walt Disney’s favored meals from chocolate cake to signature cocktails. Each Disney corporate entity provided a personalized story of their departments innovative products for the next 50 years. Disney’s hospitality included a history legacy look into Wlak disneys family and legacy; WDW cookbook and book bag full of Golden 50 year trinkets.
Behind the scenes Disney employs millions of individuals in areas of accounting, hospitality, public relations, marketing, customer service, imagineers, architects, the cruise industry and more. To summarize Disney’s success, WDW Corporation can attest to employees having more than ten year tenures. Rounding out Disney’s 50th anniversary are the African American corporate executives that reinforce Disney’s commitment to excellence. Corporate executives Annette Gibbs and Tracey Powell stay on the front line to guarantee that every year, the media in the Black/Brown communities integrate their media threads with new and innovative behind the scenes reports on Disney’s upcoming events, exhibit openings, media tours and access to the popular Disney’s Dreamers Academy yearly scholastic event. The Disney team along with TJM Communications headed by Treva J. Marshall maintains a top notch synergy, vigor and #blackgirlmagic that keeps Minnie and Mickey Mouse on their toes! Shown is the Disney’s 50th powerhouse team members Treva J. Marshall, President of TJM Communications, Yolanda Cade, Director of Public Relations at Disney Signature Experiences, Tracey Powell, Disney Signature Experiences Vice President and Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion, Annette Gibbs,Public Relations Manager at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Michelle Stepney,Senior Manager of Marketing Strategy at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and Morgan Gaines, Communications Specialist at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.