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Give Kids the World to host Disneyland cast members for speaker series

by Brittani Tuttle

Give Kids the World is set to host veteran Disney cast members Tom Nabbe, Bill Sullivan, and Bill Hoelscher in a special speaking engagement to celebrate the 64th anniversary of Disneyland Resort.

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The speakers will share stories of their careers, stretching from the launch of Disneyland to the opening of Walt Disney World. The event will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at Give Kids the World Village. General seating tickets are $35 each, and preferred seating is $50 per person.

Disney Legend Tom Nabbe started his career as a newspaper boy on Main Street, but thanks to Walt Disney himself, landed the role of Tom Sawyer on Tom Sawyer’s Island. Nabbe spent almost 50 years with The Walt Disney Company in a variety of management roles; he helped open Walt Disney World, was part of the Epcot project, and helped oversee attractions at Magic Kingdom.

Disney Legend Bill Sullivan spent nearly 40 years with the company, starting out as a ticket-taker on the Jungle Cruise in 1955 and ending his career as Vice President of Magic Kingdom in 1994. During his time with The Walt Disney Company, Sullivan oversaw development on some of Disney’s most high-profile projects, including Epcot and EuroDisney.

Billie “Bill” Hoelscher started his career at Disneyland in 1955 as a busboy. In his more than 30 years with Disney, Hoelscher has been manager of the Preview Center for Walt Disney World, Manager of Ticket Sales, Guest Relations, outdoor recreation and the Fort Wilderness Campground. From 1972-1989, he worked as manager of Disney University, Director of Resort Operations, and Manager of Cast Activities.

Stay tuned for updates on tickets and how to purchase them. To learn more about Give Kids the World Village, visit GKTW.org.

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