Gary Buchanan’s official title is “Social Media Manager, Disney Parks”. But I think a more appropriate title is Gary Buchanan, Disney Creative Genius.
Gary is one of the most creative, inspiring, professional, and nice guys I have ever met.
And he is good at his job. DARN GOOD. He seems to do a little bit of everything at Disney from creating and/or starring in promotional videos, writing for The Disney Parks Blog, to being in charge of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Last year I made it to the final round, but was not chosen for the Moms Panel. Gary handled the process so well, that I’m pretty sure I sent HIM a thank you note for my rejection e-mail.
Gary is one of those rare people that just oozes creativity. At the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration he encouraged us to turn mistakes into creativity. Late one night he did a Google search for Disney’s Dapper Dans. Only he didn’t type in “Dapper Dans”. He typed in “Diaper Dans”. This is what resulted from that simple typo.
Which brings me to thing I love the most about Gary Buchanan. A good chunk of him is still a 7-year-old boy. I have no doubt that he still plays with his Star Wars action figures, watches Sesame Street, and reads Peanut Cartoons. (Even if he is sipping a Red Bull while he does it.)
And how can you not love a man that cries on stage in front of over 100 Mommy Bloggers. (We were all crying too after hearing Donald Driver speak).
It is no wonder that Gary has earned the Walt Disney Legacy Award, the highest honor a living Disney Cast Member can receive.
I have no doubt that one day my great grandchildren will see Gary’s name in a memorial window on Magic Kingdom’s Main Street.
You can see Gary in action on our Gary Buchanan- Disney Social Media You Tube Channel:
Disclosure: I was invited to the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World and their sponsors. I was not asked to write about our experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own.