LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The votes are in! Disney Parks and CareerBuilder.com today announced that Justin Muchoney from Seven Fields, Pa. has been named the first-ever Disney Parks Chief Magic Official (CMO) -- emerging victorious from a field of 1,300 candidates nationwide. Muchoney was inducted as CMO in a special ceremony with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Muchoney was one of three CMO finalists who traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort to compete in a series of creative in-Park events, ranging from stroller derbies and face-painting to tests of overall Park knowledge. Videos highlighting Muchoney and his fellow finalists participating in the events were posted on www.DreamCMO.com for a final round of online voting April 14 through April 21. Muchoney received nearly 200,000 online votes, surpassing David Hawley of Roseville, Calif. and Tripp West of Powder Springs, Ga., who generated close to 50,000 and more than 30,000 votes, respectively. "Justin has a true passion for Disney Parks that came through online and during the in-Park competitions," said Craig Dezern, Vice President of Global Public Relations. "He seemed to have a personal supply of pixie dust that helped him secure this magical position." As CMO, Muchoney will first go through Disney's Traditions Training where he will learn the ins and outs of being a Cast Member. This training will help prepare him for his first assignment: the opening of Toy Story Mania! at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Throughout the next year, he will create magical experiences for guests, participate in special events and work behind the scenes with the Walt Disney Imagineers as part of the "Year of a Million Dreams." "I can honestly say that all of my CMO abilities have been put to the test, and I am ready to begin my duties as the first-ever Chief Magic Official," exclaimed Muchoney. "All I have ever wanted is to be a part of the magic and now I can help create lasting memories for guests, which is my 'dream come true.'" "Job seekers across America can be inspired by the way Justin campaigned to become the first-ever Disney Parks CMO," commented Richard Castellini, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at CareerBuilder.com. "How many people can say they get to 'make magic' in their jobs? We are proud to have helped Disney Parks find a one-of-a-kind candidate for this one-of-a-kind opportunity." For information regarding all phases of the Disney Parks and CareerBuilder.com search for the CMO, please visit www.DreamCMO.com.
SOURCE Disney Parks