Meeting Disney Legend Richard at the Grand Floridian

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Meeting  Disney cast member – and Disney Legend – Richard, of the Grand Floridian.

Anyone who has ever visited the Grand Floridian Resort &  Spa has no doubt seen his familiar smiling face.

Disney cast member, Richard Gerth, who’s celebrating birthday #92 this year!, has been greeting guests at the Grand Floridian since 1991.  🙂

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October 2017:  Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid) meeting CM Richard at the Grand Floridian last week. Two Disney Legends!!

In 2013, Richard was presented with the Walt Disney Legacy Award. This is the highest award any Disney cast member can receive. According to Robert Hitchcock of the Disney Parks Blog, “Richard has greeted thousands of guests, and assisted thousands of brides with wedding photos on their special day.”

Link to his facebook page:  Disney Legend Richard

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Disney cast member Richard Gerth.

The day we were there, he was posing with guests in front of the Grand Floridian’s beautiful Grand Atrium Lobby.

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He calls himself a “train conductor” as he preps all the bride’s trains for their grand entrance into the Grand Floridian’s Grand Atrium Lobby.

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One of the thousands of brides that he’s attended to on her wedding day.

In addition to being the greeter, Richard is also the Official Fairy Tale Wedding Greeter and has helped over 3,500 brides on their special day!

Video link by Disney:  A Day with Richard

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Update on Disney Legend Richard and Hurricane Irma

Sept. 16, 2017 – UPDATE

Richard Gerth has stated he is doing well and being taken care of. He is still awaiting to get back into his home as the community is still flooded and surround by police officers.

After being evacuated in the middle of the night during Hurricane Irma, Richard said police and drivers took him to a safe community center where people were well taken care of.

Richard is aware of fundraising efforts for him and he has a request.

“I am told today that Richard is now aware of fundraising that various people have organized, and would prefer any donations be made to the assisted living facility where he has residence: Good Samaritan Kissimmee Village, which is located along low-lying Shingle Creek. I am not promoting any of the fundraisers or Go Fund Me pages, and please be vigilant if you do contribute to one of them.

Also, the management at Grand Floridian wants everyone to be aware that Cast members cannot accept gifts while on stage and on duty while on property.”

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Sept 9, 2017: The Grand Floridian car, which Richard stands near, being towed away into safe storage ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival on Sunday night.

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Sept 16, 2017: The Grand Floridian car is back!!!

December 2017:

You know the holiday season has arrived when 1.  The GF Gingerbread House goes up and 2. Richard dons his festive red vest!

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92 years old!

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Looking good, Richard!

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Hanging with Walt Disney Living Legend, ‘Auntie’ Kau’i Brandt.  She’s 84 years old!

We also got to meet another Disney Legend working at Walt Disney World, Auntie Kaui, who makes leis for guests – and brides – over at the Polynesian Resort.

Meeting Disney Legend Auntie Kaui at the Polynesian

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One thought on “Meeting Disney Legend Richard at the Grand Floridian

  1. […] not as well-known as Disney Legend Richard over at the Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian Resort also has a Walt Disney Living Legend […]

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