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The Orlando Sentinel reported today that Grand Floridian Cast Member, Richard Gerth has passed away. He was 92 years old.

Richard Gerth

A guest shows Richard Gerth his Facebook fan page – Photo from Facebook

Many Disney guests have fond memories of Gerth and have taken to social media to share their stories. Gerth always had a smile for everyone and brought joy to many. During his time at the resort, we worked as a greeter and also assisted brides on their wedding day. Gerth’s impact on guests was so great that a Facebook Fan Page was created for him. He was loved by fellow Cast Members too and was nominated for and became a recipient of the Disney Legacy Award.

What they’re saying about Gerth:

Denise Preskitt, owner of the Mousesteps website: “I will miss his smile. At an age when many plan to retire, Richard began his nearly 30 years at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Some of my favorite memories of him are around Christmas as he roasted chestnuts outside the resort for guests.”

Erika Roberts, Grand Floridian Guest and Bride: “He was such a great man. He really embodied everything that the Grand Floridian is supposed to be for people – this elegance, this grace, this sense of home. [He] wasn’t always good at remembering people’s names, but he always remembered their stories. He told good stories himself and gave good advice. He gave me the best marriage advice on the way to the car.”

Richard Gerth

Erika Roberts and Richard Gerth – Photo shared with Orlando Sentinel

  • John Stamos shared a touching message about Gerth on Twitter, calling him “as important as any attraction at Walt Disney World.”

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