For more than 45 years, the Disneyland Resort has hosted Cast Member Canoe Races that take place every summer around the Rivers of America. This tradition allows participants to experience teamwork, stay healthy and have fun all at the same time.
The Canoe Races are an annual six-week competition that gives Cast Members a unique opportunity to race around the Rivers of America before the park opens to guests. The event began in 1964 when Cast Members working at Disneyland challenged each other to a race. Since then, the Canoe Races have grown into a worldwide Disney Cast Member tradition, with versions of the event held at Disney parks around the globe.
Working at a place as unique as the Disneyland Resort allows for Cast Members to participate in fun and exceptional activities that not only promote team work, but focus on individual health and wellness. In addition to canoe races, Cast Members can often be found early in the morning practicing yoga or competing in a variety of sports leagues.