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Disneyland's longest-serving cast member retires after 60 years

September 27, 2017, 4:38 PM · The longest-serving cast member at any of the Disney theme parks retired today, after more than 60 years working at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Oscar Martinez started working at Disneyland on December 29, 1956 — a little over a year after the park opened — originally in Fantasyland counter-service food locations. In 1967, he moved to Main Street USA's Carnation Cafe, where he has worked since.

As much an attraction now for some fans as many of the characters who roam the park, Chef Oscar has been greeting Disney fans in the morning at the Cafe for years. (The Oscar's Choice on the Carnation Cafe's breakfast is named in tribute to him and comes with his signature Cafe Breakfast Potatoes.)

Martinez posted to his Facebook page yesterday: "It is with greatest honor, to announce I will be retiring from Disneyland Wednesday September 27th, it has been a great journey these 60 1/2 years. But it has come to an end. May everyone follow there dreams as how I have followed mine. Best wishes for all my Friends Cast Members at the Happiest place on earth."

"Oscar has created magic for more than 60 years at the Disneyland Resort," Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier said in a statement. "He has been an icon to our guests and an inspiration to our cast. We are honored to have worked with him, and we wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement."

Replies (5)

September 27, 2017 at 7:36 PM · I love him. He has an amazing 60 years! I'll miss him! :(
September 27, 2017 at 9:30 PM · Wow, an amazing run. Congrats and he's earned a happy retirement.
September 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM · 60 years is unparalleled.
September 28, 2017 at 3:55 PM · Congratulations Oscar!
September 28, 2017 at 8:18 PM · So many of our mornings started out with a smile and a hello from Oscar. We will miss him.

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