Today, we are talking about a true Disney icon and following that up with some thoughts on those castmembers who truly live Walt’s dream and vision and work incredibly hard to bring that to life for everyone who visits Walt Disney World or any Disney park.
Richard Gerth began his Disney career in 1991 when he relocated to Orlando after the passing of his wife. It didn’t take long for this incredible man to become a Disney staple for many whenever visiting Walt Disney World. His signature smile, tip of the hat, willingness to chat and open up and share his Disney stories, non-Disney stories and love of the Walt Disney company made him one of the most well-known castmembers in all of Walt Disney World. On June 7, 2018 Richard Gerth, passed away at the age of 92.
For many in the Disney community this was the loss of a true Disney icon and an incredible man.
For those of us who had the chance to meet and speak with Richard, I can say with certainty and from the bottom of my heart that he will be missed but I know he is in an incredible place and is welcoming people to a new magical place as we speak.
This incredible drawing is making its way around the internet and brings tears to my eyes. For those of us who knew and looked forward to seeing Richard this just absolutely warms my heart. I take no credit for this drawing but am not sure where it originated. If you know, please leave a comment so I can credit the artist for this heartfelt piece.
Walt said, Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.
Richard was the true embodiment of this Walt Disney quote.
Each time we go to Walt Disney World, we come to expect a certain level of service, and time and attention to detail but I think a lot of times we forget that these castmembers, are not only paid to provide that service but they know what they are getting into when they take these jobs and they welcome this opportunity to provide magic and a true experience of a lifetime every single day.
Richard is one of the incredible castmembers who make up this vision of Walt’s that was created by him but is carried out each and every day by the wonderful people at Walt Disney World.
Although he is no longer a physical presence at the Grand Floridian, his spirit will always be there. He will always be remembered in our hearts and our memories and that is the true magic of Disney.
Walt still remains with each and every one of us when we enter the Magic Kingdom and feel the magic wash over us. When you see Spaceship Earth for the first time in a trip or in your life, when you go on a safari, take a picture with Mickey or step onto It’s a Small World. He’s there. Walt is always with us because he poured his heart and soul into creating this incredible world for us to escape to, for us to enjoy and appreciate.
Just as Walt is always with us, Castmembers like Richard never leave either. He will always remain and never be forgotten.
So, next time you are at Walt Disney World and you see a castmember going above and beyond, thank them because although it is their job, they are helping us to make memories and experience the magic just as Walt would have wanted and so many go beyond doing a job to create the magic and those one-of-a-kind Disney experiences.
Thank you Walt, thank you Richard and thank you to all of the Disney castmembers who embody the spirit of Disney and who look at this as more than a job. Thank you for continuing the magic and for bringing to life, the words of Walt. That laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.
Thank you for stopping by. Do you have a favorite memory of Richard or another wonderful castmemeber? We would love for you to share that with us. leave a comment and share your memories with our Disney family.
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