Disney Employees Celebrate Disney100 with Special Events and Surprises plus Disney VoluntEARS Celebrate Disney100. Cast Members of Disney are always seeing to the needs of guests who visit the resorts year round but what we don’t often see if how they help mothers in our community on a daily basis.
The company’s headquarters in Burbank, California, celebrated in style with music, cherished characters, VoluntEARS projects, and more.
Disney CEO Bob Iger spent time walking the lot to enjoy the festivities, including stopping by VoluntEARS activations. He also surprised employees at the studio lot’s main theater ahead of a screening of Once Upon a Studio—a spectacular new original short film from Walt Disney Animation Studios that brings together a century of beloved characters.
During brief remarks thanking employees, Iger commented on Disney’s powerful legacy of unrivaled storytelling and innovation and his profound optimism in the company’s future.
“It’s amazing to think that our company is 100 years old today,” Iger said. “When I think about how long we’ve been around I’m reminded of the positive impact that we’ve had on the world over 100 years thanks to the great creativity that this company has managed to generate for such a long period of time.”
Iger told those in attendance that the anniversary is “also a reminder that it’s not just about creativity. It’s about the people behind that creativity, and it’s about all of you.”
Iger noted that he’s had the unbelievable privilege of working for the company for almost 50 years, and that has allowed him a “front row seat on the contributions, and the talent, and the commitment of all the people that have worked for this company over such a long period of time.”
“So, more than anything I want to thank all of you because the company’s ability to celebrate 100 years is due to the work of all of you,” he said.
Iger also emphasized that he has “tremendous optimism about the future of this company, and that continues to this day.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said in concluding his appearance. “Happy birthday to Disney on 100 years, and I’ll see you around the lot.”
Disney VoluntEARS Celebrate Disney100 Making a Global Impact
On Monday, October 16, The Walt Disney Company celebrated its 100th anniversary across its media networks, theme parks, and beyond. As part of the celebration, Disney100-themed Disney VoluntEARS activations were hosted in multiple locations around the U.S. Volunteerism is deeply rooted in the company’s culture, and the projects that took place in honor of the 100th anniversary reflect how Cast Members and employees lead with heart.
Since 1983, the Disney VoluntEARS program has provided opportunities for Disney Cast Members and employees to contribute their personal time and expertise to make a positive impact in their communities. As such, Disney VoluntEARS are renowned around the world for their professionalism, enthusiasm, and efficiency in performing services for others. Collectively, they have contributed nearly 13 million hours of service around the world.
For more than 20 years, The Walt Disney Company and its Disney VoluntEARS have supported the USO and shared the magic of Disney with the people actively serving in the U.S. military. Disney VoluntEARS in Burbank, California; Bristol, Connecticut; and Washington, D.C., continued the company’s global support of the USO Monday by assembling 10,000 holiday-themed care packages that will be delivered to service members around the world. In addition, they signed USO flags and typed e-messages of gratitude to the military via USO and Disney’s Campaign to Connect webpage that will be sent during the holidays.
The Disney100-inspired activations didn’t end there. Throughout the day, Disney VoluntEARS supported the Foundation for Hospital Art by painting multi-panel Disney-themed murals that will be donated to children’s hospitals and healthcare facilities; assembled skateboards and decorated and assembled STEM and Superhero kits for foster youth, benefiting the nonprofit organization Foster Love; and, continuing the company’s longstanding support of Make-A-Wish, decorated Disney-themed cards and envelopes with uplifting messages for kids waiting for their most heartfelt Disney wish.
In addition to all the Disney VoluntEARS activations that took place on October 16, Cast Members and employees around the world participated in more than 70 VoluntEARS projects from September 1–October 16, bringing impact to local communities where we live and work.