“My Disney adventure began in 1995 when I answered a classified ad to work at Disneyland Paris. I had an interview, and then they offered me a position as salesperson at a brand-new store, just as Space Mountain was being launched. I was housed in a Disney residence, where I met Cast Members of many nationalities.
I gradually worked my way up through the ranks, and in September 2021, I was promoted to Vice President, Parks Operations, Disney Village and Events. That means I’m responsible for the operations of both parks as well as all the special events that take place.
Disneyland Paris has given me the opportunity to grow professionally, to work in multicultural teams, to broaden my skills and to evolve to where I am today. I’m from Italy, and my cultural differences have always been seen as valuable. I have never been treated any differently than my male colleagues, or have I ever felt like being a woman has been an obstacle in my career development.
The story of my career here is a good example of all the extraordinary opportunities that are given to Cast Members. This is a company where you can climb the ranks quickly, and where diversity is seen as a value.
I’m responsible for more than 5,000 Cast Members now, and their well-being is my priority: when they get up in the morning, I want them to look forward to coming to work, I want them to feel good about their jobs, and I want them to know that they can continue to learn and grow throughout their careers here – just like me.”
MARTINA SARDELLI, Vice President,
Park Operations, Disney Village and Events