Disney Sisters: Gary Buchanan: The Ultimate Disney Cast Member #DisneySMMoms

Gary Buchanan: The Ultimate Disney Cast Member #DisneySMMoms

"It doesn't matter where you take things from, 
it matters where you take them to." - Jean Luc Godard 
(one of Gary Buchanan's favorite quote)

If you've ever been to any of the Disney Parks, you've probably been touched by a Cast Member. A Cast Member is what employees who work at Disney are called. They add the pixie dust to your Disney vacations. The people who work hard everyday to make sure that your experience at Disney is the very best it can be. They are always smiling, engaging with you (or your children), and usually asking if they can be of help in any way.

We have had an exceptional experience with an incredible Cast Member in particular. We met Gary Buchanan, Disney Parks Social Media Managing Editor, a few years ago in Florida at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. He was leading a conference breakout session called "Fire and Ice" about the Disney Parks Blog with the Disney Parks Social Media Director, Thomas Smith. Over the past few years, he has wowed us with his creativity and made us laugh with his cute and quirky videos. He's super smart, unique, and not afraid to take risks. He has been an inspiration and a mentor to hundreds of Disney employees, Disney Moms Panel members, and Disney Social Media Moms. Everyone who meets him feels happier, and when he leaves you are left feeling that you just met someone really special - Gary is the real deal!

This week, we learned that his time at Disney is coming to an end which makes us very sad. We will miss learning from him and just being in his presence at various Disney events. Gary made our Disney experience as a whole even more magical and we truly appreciate him! We gathered a few of our favorite "Gary" quotes about creativity and paired them up with photos from some of our favorite moments of him!

Good luck on your new adventure Gary! You are a character all your own. We look forward to seeing the magic you create in your next role. Thanks for the memories!


Some Thoughts on Creativity from Gary:
"Date an idea, don't marry it."


"Creativity is coloring outside of the lines."


"Have fun and play with no rules."


"Through play you go from Ha-ha moment to Ah-ha moment."


"You can build on an idea that's been done before and you make it your own."


"Keep your foot on the gas pedal!"


(Gary's favorite Disney quote:)
"If you are coasting, it means your are going downhill" - Walt Disney

14 comments:

  1. Awww. I love these quotes so much. Gary is a great Cast Member and friend and I'm thankful for all he has done at Disney.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! He is truly one of a kind! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I got to know Gary through the Disney Parks Moms Panel selection process this year and was lucky enough to get to speak to him for the phone interview. His enthusiasm and passion for Disney is unmatched. I wish him the best of luck in his future adventures!

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    1. Unmatched!!! Well put! Thanks for your comment! :)

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  3. I enjoyed reading this article so, so much. I never met the "man behind the curtain", but I did interact through social media the past two years applying for the Disney Parks Mom's Panel". I also had the honor and nervous as I was,privilege to speak with Gary during my round three phone interview.
    When I read he is leaving Disney, I felt like the pixie dust and magic Inside my heart was a bit lighter.
    I am sad he will not be with The DPMP, but I'm even more saddened that Walt Disney World Resort will not have Gary's larger than life personality anymore. I wish Gary all the luck in the universe and the force with him to stay strong, number 71, rice and sushi will always remind me of the cast member that gave so much more than he took.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories.

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    1. We are so glad you liked this article. Thank you for sharing your memories of Gary here, with us! :)

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  4. My daughter and I are big Gary fans. I will never forget the line to get Gary's picture and autograph and Disney Social Media Moms. I told him he needed his own character handler. Gary is a true creative genius, and I can't wait to see where he uses his talents next.

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    1. Creative Genius... We couldn't have said it better ourselves Kuleen! Thanks for your comment! :)

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  5. This is such a beautiful tribute! Meeting Gary and getting a peek into his creative genius and enthusiasm was such an honor!! So so sad that his time at Disney has come to an end, but can't wait to see where his creativity takes him next!
    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful memories!

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    1. Thank you for commenting Sara! We can't wait to follow him on his new adventure as well. :)

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  6. Thank you so much for this way-too-kind-but-appreciated-more-than-you-can-imagine post. I am truly honored by this and the wonderful comments that accompany it.

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  7. I have enjoyed the Disney Moms Panel journey over the years. However, the last two years with Gary in charge were simply amazing. The first time I saw Gary was during the Last Tour to Endor Celebration at HS. He was handling George Lucas that day. The instant I saw Gary - I knew there was something unique about him. Years later I got to know him through the Disney Moms Panel application process. I was fortunate enough to speak with him during my Round 3 interview. I smiled all day after chatting with him on the phone! I loved all the the "squirrel" moments I got to share with him. I will miss his cleverness with all things Disney. Best wishes Gary! ~ Kim Sheets from WV

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