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Bill “Sully” Sullivan: Disneyways Magical Spotlights: Disney Luminaries

Published July 17, 2019 by Disneyways.com

Disneyways Magical Spotlights: Disney Luminaries ~  Bill “Sully” Sullivan

He spent almost 40 years with the company, starting as a ticket-taker on the Jungle Cruise in 1955 and ending his career as Vice President of the Magic Kingdom in 1994. You can get his book and learn all about him in detail, by clicking below on our affiliate link.

From Jungle Cruise Skipper to Disney Legend 40 Years of Magical Memories at Disney

My first selfie with Disney Legend Bill “Sully” Sullivan taken in 2014

After studying architecture in the 1950s, Sully actually got his first job in the aircraft industry. But then, after tuning in to ABC’s live broadcast of Disneyland’s opening and dedication, he made a decision that would change his life forever.
On Sunday, July 17, 1955, William “Sully” Sullivan was tuned in to ABC-TV. “I watched the opening ceremonies for Disneyland. The following Saturday I went down and applied for a job. “Monday I quit Northrop Aircraft, and Tuesday I reported to work as a ticket-taker at the Jungle Cruise.” Sully was just 19 years old at the time.

As he worked at the Jungle Cruise for nearly three years, Bill earned the title of “jungle bunny”—an unofficial name given to the attraction’s hosts in the ’50s. This experience gave him the opportunity to move around the park, rising through the ranks of park operations and supervising various attractions.

In fact, Bill helped pull off some of the most historic events in Disney history. Bill soon earned a place on the opening team for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, for which Walt Disney served as chairman of pageantry.

What did Bill think of the man, Walt Disney?

“Walt was a really warm individual,” Sully remembered fondly. “He had a great sense of humor, and he loved people. He was an executive, but not what you perceive as an ‘executive.’ He was a real team guy.”

A few years later, he became assistant manager for the groundbreaking Disney attractions at the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair and eventually helped with several famous Disney film premieres. Examples include the premiers for Mary Poppins at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (1964) and The Happiest Millionaire at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre (1967).

Sully also helped develop the world’s largest private construction project – two times! But first, he moved to Orlando in 1969. From here, the construction plans began for the park’s opening day in 1971. Sully spent several years assisting with the preparation and opening of Walt Disney World, which was the world’s largest private construction effort until the development of EPCOT Center a decade later. For Epcot, Sully coordinated operational design input and installation of owner-furnished equipment as as director of PICO (Project Installation and Coordination Office) and, after Epcot opened in 1982, he served as director of park operations. The two largest construction projects in the world, and Sully was there…preparing, coordinating, and assisting with it all!

But Sully wasn’t finished yet. In 1987, still working hard and growing his career,  next up he would be named vice president of the Magic Kingdom, and was responsible for operation of the Park. It was a long list of operations including attractions, merchandising, transportation, entertainment, ticket sales, guest relations, costuming, foods, custodial, maintenance, planned work, and even horticulture.

Sully’s contributions have earned him two tributes on Main Street, U.S.A.! He’s got a window on both coasts. One for Disney World and one for Disneyland! In Orlando at Magic Kingdom Park, look for the one that lists him as a charter member of the “Windermere Fraternal Hall.” Bill actually served as Vice President of the Magic Kingdom from 1987 until 1993, during which he oversaw the openings of experiences from Delta Dreamflight and Magic Journeys to Mickey’s Birthdayland and Splash Mountain. In Disneyland, you will find a window on Main Street listing him as Chief Guide of “Sully’s Safaris & Guide Service” (a reference to his first role at Disneyland.)

Sully retired in 1993 after 38 years with Disney, and without a single regret. “If I had to do it all over,” he said, “I’d do it all again tomorrow.” He would be named a Disney Legend in 2005.

Giveaway! Mary Blair Dish Ware

Published April 5, 2016 by Disneyways.com

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It’s a Small World: The Joy of Mary Blair

Due to her use of vibrant color combinations and bold, simple shapes, Disney Legend Mary Blair is best known for her work as the designer of Disneyland attraction It’s A Small World and for her creative impact on the classic Disney features Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella. The World of Mary Blair dish ware collection from Gaia Group takes its inspiration from the whimsical, innovative, electric drawings in Blair’s archive. It is meant to appeal to children and to the child in everyone.

Share your feedback on Gaia Group’s ‘World of Mary Blair’ tableware designs and you could win an exclusive set from their licensed Mary Blair collection later this year! I’ve already entered and I’m forwarding the survey to every Mary Blair™ fan I know.

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Check out our interview with Maggie Richardson (niece of Mary Blair) on Living the Dream Podcast HERE.

Special thanks to Ana Clark for notifying us about this giveaway! Please visit and “Like” Recent Portraits by Ana Clark

Tis The Season To Be…Jolly?

Published October 31, 2015 by ltdjosh

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Most people that know me know that I’m a Christmas nut, as well as a Disney nut. So it’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the holidays at Disney. However, even I am a little shocked by the recent announcement made by Disney about the taping of the annual Christmas Parade, to be shown on Christmas Day on ABC. Typically, this parade is filmed the first week of December at Walt Disney World, and in November at Disneyland. However, this year they decided to reverse the roles and scheduled the taping of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Christmas Parade for November 10 – 13, 2015. This is the earliest that the parade has been taped. While there is no “official” statement from Disney execs on the reasoning behind this change, it is rumored that the change was made due to crowd levels. The parks are typically slower at the beginning of November as opposed to December, so there will be less congestion to deal with during the parade taping. I have been to a parade taping (2013) and it can get VERY crowded, especially if you’re in the park to enjoy a normal day and not participate in the parade taping. Whatever the reasoning will be, it is sure to be a blast. The theme for this year’s Christmas Parade is “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration”. Thankfully, they are ditching the Frozen theme from last year and going with a more traditional theme. Parade taping will begin each day around 9am and continue until approximately 5pm (could begin later and could end later) and will focus on Main Street USA and the Castle Forecourt Stage. This is not a ticketed event, so anyone with access to Magic Kingdom can be a part. There is no official schedule of what will be filmed when, either, so your best bet is to be there all day each day to see everything.


 

10277448_10152220823381036_4050401386084466142_nJoshua Snyder is an avid Disney fanatic. He recently moved back to Indiana after spending 2 years living his dream in Orlando, FL. When Josh isn’t dreaming about the parks, he’s helping people plan their dream vacations. As a Dream Designer with My Mickey Vacation, Josh loves helping people make their Disney dreams come true. He is also the senior writer and head of the writing team at Living The Dream Podcast. Josh can be reached at joshua.snyder@mymickeyvacation.com for travel agent inquiries, or at joshua.livingthedreampodcast@gmail.com for all other inquiries.

The Wisdom Of Walt Book Review

Published October 13, 2015 by ltdjosh

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Anyone that knows me knows that I’m very skeptical about “self-help” things. Anything proclaiming to help you achieve a greater level of success, wealth, fame, etc makes me want to cringe. So anytime I get a book to review that I define as a self-help type of book, I go at it with a raised eyebrow and, unfairly, a biased mind. However, this is the second book that I have reviewed in this category that has truly blown me away. The first was Joe Pardo’s “31 Life Changing Concepts” book (see my review here). The second is an amazing book by author Dr. Jeffrey A. Barnes entitled “The Wisdom Of Walt: Leadership Lessons From the Happiest Place on Earth”.

Obviously since I’m writing on a website titled Disneyways, I love all things Disney. This book really stood out to me simply based on the title. However, I had no idea just how amazing and life-changing it could really be. I’ve spent years learning and reading about Walt Disney’s life: how this determined young man from Kansas (and Missouri and Chicago and California) wouldn’t let anything stand in his way; how he fought through many obstacles to get where he was; how he turned hardships into life lessons. I honestly thought I had a pretty good impression of who Walt was until I read this book. Dr. Barnes delves so much deeper into Walt’s life and uncovers just some of what made Walt into Walt Disney. For instance, how he took his personal tragedies and turned them into professional successes. Each chapter of this book uncovers another little nugget of pure gold that can really help the reader accomplish his or her goals in a very realistic and easy to understand way.

The format of this book is very different from any other book I have read. In the introduction, Dr. Barnes lays out what he calls his “guidemap” explaining how the book works. Under the chapter title you will find a quote from Walt Disney, going back to the original source for the inspiration of that chapter. Second, you’ll find a story about Disneyland, taking it all back to where everything really began (and alluding to what Dr. Barnes was doing when he came up with the concept of this book: teaching a course on the History of Disneyland). Third, you have the actual lesson to be learned in that chapter. Fourth, you have what Dr. Barnes calls a “Souvenir Stop”. Much like leaving at the end of a long day at Disneyland, this is a time for you to gather a treasure to take home with you, always to remind you of your journey. And last, you have the hand stamp. Much like when you are visiting Disneyland and decide to head out for a bit, only to come back a the end of the day, the hand stamp shows where you have been and where you are going. Obviously, I don’t explain it nearly as well as Dr. Barnes does, but these are the essences of “The Wisdom of Walt”. The book isn’t simply a random collection of thoughts and principals, but something with great order and civility, something to inspire each and every person that enters into it, similar to Disneyland Park itself.

Some of the amazing life lessons that can be taken from this book and, indeed, from Walt’s life include: Sitting on a park bench, telling stories, building a berm, using forced perspective (my absolute favorite), creating e-ticket experiences, waiting in line, and having a next, always. No matter where you turn in this text, you are guaranteed to come away with something. And at the end of each chapter there are exercises designed to really make you think, rather than just simply reading and being complacent. These thoughts can be compiled in a list and set to the side to be browsed at your leisure and to remind you of your journey. This is definitely a book I will reference for years to come as I continue to ‘listen to your “walter” ego’. Thank you Dr. Barnes. And thank YOU Walt. For everything.

To purchase your copy of “The Wisdom Of Walt: Leadership Lessons From the Happiest Place on Earth”, click here.

To learn more about Dr. Jeffrey A. Barnes, author and speaker extraordinaire, click here.


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Joshua Snyder is an avid Disney fanatic. He recently moved back to Indiana after spending 2 years living his dream in Orlando, FL. When Josh isn’t dreaming about the parks, he’s helping people plan their dream vacations. As a Dream Designer with My Mickey Vacation, Josh loves helping people make their Disney dreams come true. He is also the senior writer and head of the writing team at Living The Dream Podcast. Josh can be reached at joshua.snyder@mymickeyvacation.com for travel agent inquiries, or at joshua.livingthedreampodcast@gmail.com for all other inquiries.

Krista Joy Featured on Stories of the Magic Podcast

Published October 9, 2015 by Disneyways.com

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In October of 2015, Randy Crane invited me to be interviewed on Stories of the Magic Podcast. It was a true honor for me, and I got to go in depth about my history with Disney, my time as a cast member, and some other fun things that I have not shared any place else. Here are the links to these two episodes – and be sure to check out Randy each and every week over at Stories of the Magic on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Stories of the Magic can also be found on Facebook, and TwitterIn addition to hosting this great show, Randy is a life coach and author! Check out his video at the bottom of this post for more information! Thank you Randy, for making me feel so special, and worthy of two whole episodes on your fantastic show.

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The following text is courtesy of  StoriesOfTheMagic.com

Episode 98:

In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with Krista Joy. Krista is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, and a current blogger, podcaster, and lover of all things Disney, especially Walt Disney World. She is so genuinely excited and passionate about Disney that I know you’ll enjoy this.

In this episode, Krista talks about…

How and why she started working at Walt Disney World;
Her memories of her Traditions class;
What she did at the Garden Grill;
A funny story about her time as a hostess;
Working the Disney Dining Line;
How her experiences have worked together to enhance each successive one;
Why she started DisneyWays.com;
Whether working at Walt Disney World “ruins the magic”;
Why she stopped working at the Garden Grill and the Disney Dining Line;
The effect on her of meeting Lou Mongello from WDW Radio;
Talking to Disney people that she never imagined she’d ever meet;
How she felt about travel agents who called the Disney Dining Line;
Hidden gem restaurants at Walt Disney World;
When she felt like, “I’m really a part of this!;
One of my stories about a character meal;
Her suggestion for a special dessert location for a celebration.

Episode 99:

In this episode, we conclude a 2-part interview with Krista Joy. Krista is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, and a current blogger, podcaster, and lover of all things Disney, especially Walt Disney World. In part 1 we talked about what she did while working for Disney, whether working for Disney ruined the magic for her, why she started Disneyways.com, some insider tips on dining locations, and more!

In this episode, Krista talks about…

Being part of a marriage proposal at the Magic Kingdom, set up by Theme Park Concierges;
Her original plan for Disneyways and what it’s turned into;
A bit about our shared history;
Some of the people in the Disney community she’s met that stand out to her;
Her new podcast, Living the Dream;
If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her;
What inspires her;
Her advice to you for following your dreams; and so much more!

Have You Heard About The Disneyana Fan Club?

Published August 31, 2014 by Disneyways.com

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The Disneyana Fan Club is a non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich legacy of Walt Disney. The goal is to provide Disneyana enthusiasts of all ages from around the world with news, information, and events that enhance your experience with, and love of, all things Disney. If you haven’t joined this club yet – click HERE to check out my post over at Chip and Co to find our more!! In 2013 the World Chapter enjoyed a special presentation from Tom Nabbe – who was hired by Walt Disney himself – to work at Disneyland in it’s early days! Photos below are property of Tom Nabbe. Check out Tom’s full story – and so much more at WaltHiredMe.com

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Photos below are property of Krista Joy Enterprises, Inc.

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How to Take Your Disney Story With You Wherever You Go ~ By Guest Author Mary Jo Markel

Published August 28, 2014 by Disneyways.com

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Hello all you Disney fans! I am so happy to be writing some blogs for Disneyways. I hope to be able to meet some of you in person at some of the Disney Parks Podcast meetups!
I want to introduce you to a unique and amazing product—Origami Owl! Origami Owl gives you another way to take your Disney story with you wherever you go. One idea is to create your favorite princess or movie theme with our many unique and beautiful charms. Below you will find photos of our Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Ariel and Pocahontas themed lockets!

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We hope these will inspire you to create your own Disney story, but the sheer beauty of these lockets is the fact you can also change the charms to fit any occasion. Say you want to wear a locket one day as you volunteer at the school. Of course you want to tell the story about your kids an family in that locket… so you might have a wedding ring, birthstones for the children and a house charm with a heart full of love. That night you are heading to a Disneyways Meet and Greet and you change it up to reflect your perfect princess or character—maybe a princess crown, a snowflake, a snow globe and two shining crystals for Frozen. I’m SO excited to be able to work and blog with Disneyways. Please feel free to view all my products at on my website HERE or email me directly at Omylockets@gmail.com. You can also reach me by sending a text to 407-325-0719. I can help you build a locket that will remind you of your last Disney vacation so you can keep the magic with you, always. Bonus – these beautiful Oragami Owl lockets often inspire conversation. Who knows? When you share your Disney story with your Oragmi Owl locket,  you may even meet a new friend who loves Disney as much as you do! I can’t wait to see your ideas and creations!!!

Have a magical day! ~Mary Jo

 

 

 

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