In a ceremony held at Epcot's American gardens Theater on Friday, cast members Tye Arnold and Rich Tamayo, were selected as the 2013-2014 Walt Disney World Ambassadors.
In a tradition dating back to 1965 and started by Walt Disney, the Ambassadors represent the cast members of the Walt Disney World Resort, and will take part in over 3500 events during their term. The Ambassadors will be responsible for duties such as hosting Disney VoluntEAR events, making appearances with Disney characters at community presentations, serving as master of ceremonies at park events and recognizing Cast Members’ milestones and achievements.
After interning with the Disney College Program in Magic Kingdom, Tye Arnold worked in various host, tour and Cast leader roles at several of the resort’s parks. Chosen as a Dream Squad Specialist during “The Year of a Million Dreams,” Tye has helped create magical moments for Guests as part of the Guest Relations team and as year-end leader for Magic Kingdom’s Dream Squad.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Rich Tamayo has transformed his passion for sports into a successful Disney career. After starting out as an event service assistant at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, he’s held a variety of roles in the company’s sports and recreation sphere – from working with the Atlanta Braves during spring training to ensuring guest satisfaction at various Disney resorts in Central Florida and Hilton Head, S.C. Most recently, Rich continued building his hospitality skills by joining the front office team at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.