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Friday, August 11, 2017

Legendary Cast of The Disney Parks: Richard Gerth and His Lasting Impression On Guests


by: guide4wdw - Collin

Earlier in the week we debuted an entirely new series here on the site we're calling "Legendary Cast of The Disney Parks." After great feedback and a few particular requests, tonight we're back with an entirely new cast member from the growing list. This particular individual just goes to show that no matter what your role is at Walt Disney World, you can create incredible and timeless guest experiences each and every day. 

(Photo: Disney)

As you've likely already figured out from our title, today's cast member spotlight takes us to the Grand Floridian and the iconic Richard Gerth. Richard has been a part of the magic for many many years and greeted thousands upon thousands of guests from around the world. 

Richard has become a true icon of the Grand Floridian that guests of all ages can truly appreciate and share a moment with. Above all else, he's a smiling face welcoming you 'home' in a way that can't be faked. You can tell without a shade of a doubt that he loves his job and while he's 90+ years old, you can honestly tell that each guests experience is important to him.

If you want to meet Richard for yourself, head on over the lobby of the Grand Floridian and you'll likely find him greeting each guest as they enter the building. He's certainly not hard to spot and typically dressed to the nines in classical Grand Floridian style. He's truly spent years in his position, and created a lasting impression on guests each and every day. After working in the position for over 20 years, guests of all ages scramble to see him during their time at Walt Disney World. Personally, I can't say that I've ever met Richard (beyond videos and online write ups) as much as I'd love to do so at some point. Unfortunately the timing has never quite lined up, and according to various sources his days off are typically Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

As an additional role of his position, he does also help with Disney Fairytale Weddings in many cases. He's truly become iconic in this role as well, even going as far as being featured in mass bridal photos. So, if you can't find in him the lobby, don't worry, he may be out working a wedding.  

As a result of his incredible commitment and lasting influence on guests, Richard received the Disney Legacy Award in 2013. As many of you may or may not know, the Disney Legacy Award is one of the highest awards that can be given to cast members. If you're in the parks, a signifying trademark of the accomplishment is a blue Disney name tag. It's a subtle difference, but if you ever see an individual wearing one of these tags, be sure to tell them thanks. Without a doubt, they've put a lot of heart and certainly a lot of time into their role in the parks and beyond. 

So, next time you're over at the Grand Floridian, be sure to keep an eye out for Richard. If you've met him before and have a fun picture of him or with him, be sure to share it with us on your favorite social media platform! If we can get enough guests to share photos, we'll add a few here in the article! 

Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of the day! Also, be sure to share with us what cast member you would like to see featured next. Many of these individuals really never get the credit they deserve.        

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