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Disneyland Article
Disneyland Selects 1400 Employees For Grand Opening Of Star Wars Galaxys Edge

ID:TMS-4127
Source:Orange County Register
Author:Brady Macdonald
Dateline:March 20, 2019
Posted:April 01, 2019
 
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Disneyland employees wept tears of joy and whooped cheers of excitement when they found out they will be among a select group of 1,400 who will help open the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge themed land.

"I'm beyond excited," said Maria Zamora, who will be working on the inaugural Galaxy's Edge attractions team. "I'm so stoked. I can't wait."

The reallocation of hundreds of cast members, Disney parlance for employees, means the Disneyland Resort will be looking to hire 1,400 new workers in attractions, food and beverage, retail, entertainment and custodial at the two Anaheim theme parks this summer to replace those that are moving to Galaxy's Edge. The Disneyland Resort, which includes Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, employs 30,000 cast members.

Galaxy's Edge general manager Kappy Thorsen said cast members were "coming out of the woodwork" and interest was "off the charts" for the opportunity to work in the new Star Wars land.

"It really speaks to the Disney brand but also the Star Wars brand because people just want to be a part of it," Thorsen said. "It actually made recruiting very easy, which was really fun and exciting."

The hiring campaign was complicated by the limited amount of details that could be shared about the highly anticipated themed land. But most recruits only needed to hear two words.

"They had me at Star Wars." Thorsen said. "For me it's just like, "Hello, #dreamjob.'"

Chris Kane has getting teary-eyed more in the last few months since he found out he would be a retail manager in Galaxy's Edge than he has in his past 22 years at the company.

"I'm normally not super emotional, or at least I try not to be," Kane said. "But I've had no choice."

Zamora and Kane are both lifelong "Star Wars" fans.

Zamora learned to speak English while endlessly watching a VHS copy of "The Phantom Menace" after moving to the United States from Nicaragua.

"I kept replaying and replaying it until I burned out the copy," said Zamora, 28, of Fullerton. "It was the greatest thing ever."

Kane's father took him as a child to a drive-in movie theater over and over again to watch the original 1977 "Star Wars" film from the back of their pickup truck.

"Sometimes when we drove by the movie theater, I begged to pull over to the side and we would just watch with no sound," said Kane, 46, of Long Beach.
 

 
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