“Meet Disney’s 2024-2025 Ambassadors: A Magical New Chapter Begins”

Disney’s New Ambassadors: A Magic Announcement

  • Serena Arvizu and Shannon Smith-Conrad have been revealed as Walt Disney World Ambassadors for 2024-2025, their term starts in October.
  • Their tenure begins to signal the beginning of Disney’s 100th anniversary celebrations and various projects in Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.
  • During their term, they will be part of major milestones including the opening of ‘Tiana’s Bayou Adventure’ at Magic Kingdom, the debut of a new nighttime fireworks spectacular at EPCOT, and the start of a new affordable housing development in Central Florida.
  • The Ambassadors will also be part of the opening of the resort’s next attraction, ‘Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana’, at EPCOT on Oct. 16.
  • The Ambassador Program kicked off in 1965, with Julie Reihm being the first Disney Ambassador. Sixty years later, the program now includes a global team of Ambassadors representing thousands of cast members across the globe.
  • Outgoing Ambassadors, Ali Manion and Raevon Redding, will continue their roles in guiding the newly chosen team for a smooth handover.
  • Serena Arvizu started her Disney journey in 2016 and most recently held a role in Disney Supplier Diversity while Shannon Smith-Conrad began her Disney journey in 2012 and joins from Professional Recruitment.

The Realist’s Take

Watch out world, Disney’s lending a couple of new fairy godmothers their magic wands. Serena Arvizu and Shannon Smith-Conrad are taking centre stage as 2024-2025 Disney World Ambassadors. While we can’t promise they’ll turn pumpkins into carriages, they’ll want to mark their calendars because they’ve got back-to-back magic shows! They’ll sprinkle pixie dust on some major milestones: new attractions, firework spectacles, and a heartwarming affordable housing project. And if that’s not higher education, we don’t know what is. Bottom line? It seems Disney’s quite literally building castles in the sky, but hey, they’ve got Serena and Shannon wielding their magic. Buckle up folks, it’s going to be a wild carpet ride!