October 10, 2011

CUSTODIAN OF DREAMS:

Head custodian retires after 47 years at Disney (EUGENE W. FIELDS, 10/07/11, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)

When Ray Sidejas started working at Disneyland in 1964 as a busboy, things were quite different.

The park would close on Mondays and Tuesdays during the fall and Walt Disney himself would roam Disneyland. And the department Sidejas worked in was called Janitorial, not Custodial.

Now, nearly 50 years later, Disneyland and California Adventure are open seven days a week and, like Disney himself, Sidejas has becoming a part of Disneyland's rich heritage.

Sidejas, operations manager of custodial guest services, is retiring after 46 years of maintaining Disney's vision of a sparkling-clean amusement park. [...]

Sidejas frequently saw Disney sitting on a bench overlooking the Rivers of America.

"I got the impression that he came here to kind of get away from the hassle and the situations that he probably was faced with at the studio," Sidejas said. "We were wondering what he was thinking about. I think Walt came here to think about the future."

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