ORLANDO, Fla., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Top 10 semi-finalists
for Disney Parks' Chief Magic Official (CMO) joined the online campaign
trail to ask America to cast votes for the first-ever CMO who will oversee
magic throughout Disney Parks. The semi-finalists were chosen from more
than 1,300 applicants who applied to be the Disney CMO in a national search
contest sponsored by CareerBuilder.com.
During the Year of a Million Dreams, the CMO will travel to Disneyland
and Walt Disney World Resorts and help create magical experiences for
guests, participate in special events and wizard behind-the-scenes with the
Walt Disney Imagineers.
Unlike the U.S. presidential candidates who specialize in foreign
policies and healthcare, the 10 Disney Parks' CMO wannabes are campaigning
their abilities to pillage and plunder with pirates, befriend dwarfs -- up
to seven at a time -- and show just how royal they can be.
It is up to the semi-finalists to drive their own campaigns. Political
symbols such as donkeys and elephants have been traded in for lions, pixies
and everyone's favorite mouse. Each candidate will choose from one of five
iconic Disney characters to represent his or her campaign Web site: Mickey,
Goofy, Cinderella, Tinker Bell or Simba.
"We were overwhelmed by the number of online entries," said Craig
Dezern, Vice President, Global Public Relations, Disney Parks. "The
creativity and love of Disney displayed in nearly every entry was
inspiring. Now we're eager to see how well our CMO candidates perform in
winning the votes needed to be a finalist."
Voting nationwide is open now through March 22 (11:59 p.m. ET). Over
the next three weeks, consumers are encouraged to visit
http://www.DreamCMO.com and vote for who they believe is most magically fit
to be the Disney Parks CMO.
Each CMO candidate completed a Magic Aptitude Test (M.A.T.) online and
was encouraged to submit a virtual entry which captured his or her
personality and visually and verbally supported why he or she would make
the ideal CMO.
"Who wouldn't want to put 'made magic' on his/her resume," said Richard
Castellini, Vice President of Consumer Marketing of CareerBuilder.com.
"This is a one-of-a-kind position for a one-of-a-kind company. We are
pleased to be working with Disney Parks to provide the American workforce
with an opportunity you, quite honestly, couldn't get anywhere else."
The Top 10 Chief Magic Official candidates are:
-- Amy Kate Connolly; Pacific Palisades, Calif.
-- Karrie Dunkin; Englewood, Colo.
-- David Hawley; Roseville, Calif.
-- Patrick Hurd; Oklahoma City, Okla.
-- Justin Vance Muchoney; Seven Fields, Pa.
-- Jennifer Sechler; Westerville, Ohio
-- Tangela Yvonne Walker-Craft; Lakeland, Fla.
-- Meggin Weaver; Kissimmee, Fla.
-- Ronald "Tripp" West; Powder Springs, Ga.
-- David Wotruba; Bremerton, Wash.
Ballots Reopen for the Top Three
After America's votes are in, the top three vote-getters will be
announced mid-April, along with details surrounding their two-day in Park
competitions at Walt Disney World Resort. Semi-finalists will face tests of
creativity, enthusiasm, knowledge of the Parks and actual magic aptitude.
The competition will be recorded and videos highlighting each of the three
finalists will be posted on http://www.DreamCMO.com for a final round of
voting. The top vote- getter during April 14-21 will be named the Disney
Parks Chief Magic Official.
For additional information about the CMO search, please visit
SOURCE Disney Parks