We are pleased to share our first “Remembering the Magic” story!
A few months ago, a friend sent me this picture of a Cast Member ID belonging to her Grandfather, John Vaupel.
John was hired at the age of 17. Since he was still in high school, he worked nights & weekends running a popcorn cart at the end of Main Street. “…Everyone who came in had to walk by me. Popcorn was 15 cents a box in those days.”
Not only was John a cast member from 1955-1957, he actually saw Walt around the park.
“I saw [Walt] all the time. In those first months he was always rushing around from land to land and had to walk past me. He always had a fast walk.”
When asked about one of his favorite memories as a cast member, John shared this story with us:
“We wore a white uniform that looked like the Keystone Cops and a neat big white felt hat. At some point some male member gave me a cigar when they had a baby. That night after the park closed and while waiting for a friend to close out I laid on a bench by the start of Main Street and smoked it. I had never smoked before so this was my first and last. I was so sick when I got up.”
He also shared some words of wisdom for current cast members & future cast member hopefuls:
“Just enjoy working in a unique place.”