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Walt Disney World’s Newest Ambassadors
This past summer, Disney cast members Ali Manion and Raevon Redding were named the 2022-2023 Walt Disney World Ambassadors.  

by Karen Nimetz

The Ambassador Program has been a Disney tradition for over 50 years. Chosen from more than 800 applicants, Ali Manion and Raevon Redding are excited to be representing Walt Disney World and its cast members as “Emissaries of Goodwill.” Manion and Redding recently spoke about The World’s Most Magical Celebration, an 18-month long commemoration in honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

What types of events and celebrations will be taking place over the next 18 months?
Ali Manion: We have a number of things coming. One of the big things we are really excited about is the nighttime spectaculars coming to our parks. At Magic Kingdom, we have Disney Enchantment that will bring to life our love of Disney and that magical pixie dust that we all know and love. It will feature music, fireworks, and for the first time there will be immersive projections that will extend from Cinderella Castle all the way down Main Street U.S.A. Over at Epcot, we have our nighttime spectacular Harmonious. This is an incredible celebration of Disney music. Nearly 240 artists contributed to this show, and to have the songs portrayed in different languages from all around the world is going to be amazing. On top of that, there are going to be lights, fireworks and lasers, everything we love about a Disney spectacular with that special Epcot touch. In addition to that, we also have Beacons of Magic, which will be appearing nightly for our guests at all four of our park icons that really captures the character of each park. This includes enchanted fireflies gathering at the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom and pixie dust sparking around Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.

Are there any new attractions that guests can look forward to?

Raevon Redding: One great new attraction that our guests can look forward to is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure over at Epcot, in the France pavilion. Not only is it a great family attraction but it is also such a cute ride. Ali and I recently had an opportunity to experience it with some of our cast members. Nearby, there is La Crêperie de Paris, which will be serving authentic crêpes as well as galettes, which are more of the savory crêpes. Guests will have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy or they can pick it up at the quick service window that is right next door. 

AM: Something else very exciting that is coming next spring is the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser which is a Star Wars-themed experience. I say experience because it is more than just a resort to stay at, it is a truly an adventure for our guests. Whether they are a lifelong Star Wars fan or are new to it, they are going to love having the chance to embark on this incredible two-night journey where they get to choose their own adventure along the way. It’s unbelievable, and all lines of business are partnering together to create this incredible experience that will open in 2022. 

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Published and copyrighted in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 18, Issue 10 (January 2022)


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