Soon-to-be Disney Legend Martha Blanding Visits Disneyland Paris Cast Members

Shannen Ace

A group of seven people stand outdoors in a circular formation, smiling and conversing. In the background, there is a park with a statue, flowers, and a large ornate building under a cloudy sky, reminiscent of the enchanting atmosphere found at Disneyland Paris.

Soon-to-be Disney Legend Martha Blanding Visits Disneyland Paris Cast Members

Soon-to-be Disney Legend and former Disneyland Tour Guide Martha Blanding recently visited Disneyland Paris and gave tips to current Cast Members.

Martha Blanding Visits Disneyland Paris

A group of twelve people, some in suits and others in coats, stand in front of a statue with a large, ornate building and stormy sky in the background, as Martha Blanding gazes at the scene reminiscent of her magical moments at Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski shared photos on Instagram of Blanding meeting with fellow Cast Members, stating the resort was “honored” to welcome Blanding, who “shared tips to creating happiness” with current Tour Guides. Blanding joined The Walt Disney Company in May 1971 as a Disneyland Park Tour Guide and is currently a Senior Manager for Disneyland Resort Merchandise Special Events.

A group of seven people stand outdoors in a circular formation, smiling and conversing. In the background, there is a park with a statue, flowers, and a large ornate building under a cloudy sky, reminiscent of the enchanting atmosphere found at Disneyland Paris.

Blanding was one of the first Black women in Disneyland Resort history to be a full-time VIP Tour Guide. She was the first Black female manager. She hosted celebrities including Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Diana Ross, Elton John, Magic Johnson, the Jonas Brothers, and Julie Andrews. She co-founded PULSE, a Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) for Black cast members and employees. (via Disney Parks Blog)

It’s not like going to work. I enjoy everything about what I do – the good and the bad. I just choose to always smile and laugh through it.

Martha Blanding
A group of people in formal attire stand together outdoors in front of a statue and a building at Disneyland Paris. One person in a black coat, perhaps invoking the spirit of Disney Legend Martha Blanding, is speaking while others listen. The sky is overcast.

Blanding will be officially inducted as a Disney Legend at the D23 Ultimate Fan Event in August 2024. On October 1, her memoir “Groundbreaking Magic,” written with Tim O’Day, will be published. It’s currently available for pre-order and is described as:

An empowering and moving story of a young woman from South Central Los Angeles (Watts and Compton) who took a chance, defied the odds, and became the first-ever Black American to achieve a half-century-long career with The Walt Disney Company.

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