March 30th marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Walt Disney Elementary. To help dedicate the school, Mr. Walt Disney himself attended the event and shared some inspirational words with all in attendance. To commemorate this special event, Walt Disney Elementary held a special ceremony on Friday, March 31. Many Magnolia School District administrators and retired Disney teachers attended this celebration, along with current staff and Disney Dragons. Guest presenters who participated in the ceremony shared inspiring stories, coupled with wisdom and vast experiences. Participants included Dr. Frank Donovan, Magnolia School District Superintendent, Mr. Gary Shields, Magnolia School District President, Mr. James Vanderbilt, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Anaheim, Mrs. Cindy Bisagno, Disney School Alumna, Mr. Dave Mason, Historian and Disney School Alumnus, Katherine Smith-Brooks, Disney School Educator, and Rafael Juarez, Student Council President.  Four current students wrote original poems about the inspirational aspects of Walt Disney and shared them with attendees. In addition, Disney’s own terrific kindergarten students performed a special tribute to Mr. Walt Disney. Disneyland Ambassadors, Mikey Trujillo and Alexa Garcia, presented Disney Elementary with a beautiful Walt Disney Rose, which will be prominently displayed in the teaching garden to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. In addition, the ambassadors introduced a very special guest to the students…none other than Mickey Mouse! In true Disney fashion, Mickey Mouse topped off the celebration by leading all attendees in singing Happy Birthday to the enjoyment of all.

 

On Thursday March 2nd, Walt Disney Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with some special guests.  Members of the Anaheim Angels’ Strikeforce team came to the school to promote the importance of reading, while also encouraging students to get out and support our local baseball team.  Each class was visited by one member of the squad and had the opportunity to hear a story chosen specially by the team. In addition to these participants, 4 members of our very own Anaheim Police Department dropped by and visited classes as well.  These gentlemen shared their love of reading with the students, explained the importance of school, and even got down and boogied with a few classes.  What a celebration it was!

Walt Disney staff and students enjoyed two concerts performed on October 14th by the world renowned Australian band – Aussie Youth.  While touring the United States, band members Belinda, Jack, Charley, and Merrikk made a stop at Walt Disney School to provide this magical event.  The audience was entertained by their great voices and inspirational spirit! Sharing their enthusiasm, the crowd rose to their feet for the finale, as the group performed their popular single – Department of Youth. Walt Disney staff and students are thankful to parent, Robert Duffey for organizing this wonderful and memorable experience.