Excitement buzzed through the air at Disneyland Paris as soon-to-be Disney Legend Martha Blanding recently visited the enchanting park and spent time with the Cast Members. This special occasion offered a whirlwind of advice and inspiration from Blanding, who is celebrated for her incredible journey and achievements within The Walt Disney Company.

During her visit, Blanding, a pioneering figure in Disney history, shared invaluable tips with the current Tour Guides on creating happiness and maintaining Disney magic. A heartwarming image of Blanding, along with the Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski and several Cast Members, was shared on Instagram by Rafalski. The caption expressed how honored they were to have Blanding with them and praised her for the wisdom she imparted.

Martha Blanding’s career with Disney began in May 1971 as a Disneyland Park Tour Guide. Her latest visit to Disneyland Paris was a full-circle moment, bringing her Disney journey to international shores. As one of the first Black women to become a full-time VIP Tour Guide at Disneyland Resort, and subsequently the first Black female manager, Blanding’s influence has been immense. She has hosted luminaries like Rock Hudson, Diana Ross, and Magic Johnson, and co-founded PULSE, a Business Employee Resource Group for Black Cast Members and employees.

Blanding’s stories and achievements are set to inspire many more, especially with her upcoming induction as a Disney Legend at the D23 Ultimate Fan Event in August 2024. Also, her memoir, “Groundbreaking Magic,” co-written with Tim O’Day, is slated for release on October 1 and is available for pre-order. This memoir chronicles her inspiring journey from South Central Los Angeles to achieving a remarkable half-century career with Disney.

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