With the new year on the horizon, Hong Kong Disneyland has announced not one, but two Ambassadors to represent the resort during the 2022-2023 term. Lily Chan and Tony Dick will step into their new roles on January 1st.
- Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced their new Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 season.
- Lily Chan and Tony Dick have been named to the coveted roles and will start in their new positions on January 1, 2022.
- This is the first time that Hong Kong Disney Resort has appointed two cast members and a non-Chinese cast member to the Ambassador position.
- The decision to include a second Ambassador is just one of the ways that Disney remains committed to diversity and inclusion across the company.
- As Disney Ambassadors, Chan and Dick will represent not only Hong Kong Disneyland but also the Walt Disney Company as they welcome international guests, participate in community events, and support Hong Kong Disneyland’s Cast Members.
What They’re Saying:
- Michael Moriarty, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: “I’m thrilled to see us breaking from the resort’s traditional practices and appointing two cast members as our ninth Ambassadors. Chan and Dick are a great representation of the diversity in cultures, languages, personalities and expertise among our cast member family as well as the resort’s commitment to building an inclusive culture. I truly believe they will complement one another and bring more hopes and possibilities to our cast members, community and beyond.”
- Lily Chan: “Some of my favorite Disney memories are from participating in Disney VoluntEARS services. During the pandemic for example, we worked together to create a series of 30-minute TV programs for Hong Kong Children’s Hospital, delivering happiness to the young patients even across the screen at a time when we needed to think outside of the box. While I am thrilled to be an official Ambassador, I hope that every cast member can also be an ambassador when it comes to caring about the resort and also our local community.”
- Tony Dick: “Although I was forced to give up one dream, in truth it opened up a door for me to pursue another. There was joy and sadness, but perseverance always leads to success no matter what your dream is. I’ve found a second home in Hong Kong and at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.”
About Lily Chan:
- Lily Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong. She excelled in school and earned a degree from Education University of Hong Kong.
- She started working part-time as a Cast Member while attending school and later took a full-time position in the Human Resources department.
- Her true spark of magic comes through continued work in the local community.
About Tony Dick:
- Originally from South Africa, Tony Dick studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, but due to personal family reasons, he was unable to finish his course.
- He joined Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in 2014 working in the Entertainment and Costuming department.
- Dick is a professional performer and singer, and has been part of several Disney shows including:
- “Follow Your Dreams”
- “Let’s Get Wicked”
- “Festival of the Lion King”
Did You Know?:
- The Disneyland Ambassador Program originated at Disneyland in 1965. Walt Disney himself selected Julie Reihm to serve as the first Ambassador.
- Since then, the program has carried over to every Disney Resort in the world.
- Disney Ambassadors serve as the Resort’s “Emissaries of Goodwill,” media representatives and as official hosts to Resort guests.