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Contacts: Lauren Mackiel
Coyne Public Relations
ROSEVILLE, CALIF. RESIDENT LAUNCHES ONLINE VOTING CAMPAIGN
TO BE THE FIRST-EVER DISNEY PARKS CHIEF MAGIC OFFICIAL (CMO)
--David H. Hawley campaigns for America's vote to secure his spot as CMO--
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., MARCH 7, 2008 - "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" may be his favorite song, but Roseville's David H. Hawley knows that it will take more than a trusty bluebird on his shoulder to help him secure the first-ever Disney Parks Chief Magic Official (CMO) position. One of 10 semi-finalists, Hawley was chosen from more than 1,300 applicants who applied to be the Disney Parks CMO in a national search with CareerBuilder.com.
During the Year of a Million Dreams, the part-time 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.
Political symbols such as donkeys and elephants have been traded in for princesses, pixies and everyone's favorite mouse. Today, Hawley officially launches his "Two Left Feet"-themed online campaign for CMO featuring Disney's ‘goofiest' friend of all. Hawley will vie for consumer votes in hopes to be crowned the first-ever Disney Parks CMO. He has only three weeks on the campaign trail to gather enough votes to put him into the top three running for CMO.
Voting is open now through March 22 (11:59 p.m. ET). Over the next three weeks, consumers are encouraged to visit www.DreamCMO.com and vote for the candidate they believe is most magically fit to be the Disney Parks Chief Magic Official.
"Everyone has dreams and I would love to be a part of making those dreams come true," said Hawley. "My dream is to continue taking my creativity and use it to positively affect each person I meet. In order for me to continue to grant wishes and dreams for others, I need your votes to become Disney Parks' Chief Magic Official."
If chosen, Hawley, a television production manager, will continue his job as manager as his CMO duties should not interfere with his current career.
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 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 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 www.DreamCMO.com.
[Note to Editors: For news media inquiries and photos, please visit Disney's media-only news sites - www.wdwnews.com or www.disneylandnews.com - or call Walt Disney World Public Relations at 407/566-6397 or Disneyland Public Relations at 714/781-4500.]
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