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Coyne Public Relations
SEVEN FIELDS, PA. RESIDENT LAUNCHES ONLINE VOTING CAMPAIGN
TO BE THE FIRST-EVER DISNEY PARKS CHIEF MAGIC OFFICIAL (CMO)
--Justin Vance Muchoney campaigns for America's vote to secure his spot as CMO--
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., MARCH 7, 2008 - Seeing the magical transformation when guests walk down Main Street is what Seven Fields' Justin Vance Muchoney has been witnessing for years - whether leading a class of high school band students through the Magic Kingdom, or sharing the unforgettable moment of his wife's first trip to Disney - Muchoney's desire to connect people with the Disney magic is why he wants to be the first-ever Disney Parks Chief Magic Official (CMO). One of 10 semi-finalists, Muchoney 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, Muchoney officially launches his "Hakuna Matata"-themed online campaign for CMO featuring Disney's bravest lion, Simba. Muchoney 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.
"Since my earliest days of dreaming, I have been fascinated, almost obsessed with Disney," said Muchoney. "Now I have the chance to be a part of the magic, which is why I need your vote for CMO. I really believe my infectious personality and past leadership experience provide me with the qualities needed to be Disney Parks' Chief Magic Official."
If chosen, Muchoney will continue his job as the director of music and fine arts at his local church, 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.
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