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Recognizing Employees for Outstanding Achievement

February 19, 2013 by Jeff James, Vice President & General Manager, Disney Institute

At The Walt Disney Company, there is no more prestigious honor than the Walt Disney Legacy award. Recipients “are individuals who consistently Dream, Create and Inspire each day by supporting the business objectives and goals of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”

This month, Disney leadership has traveled to multiple locations to inform recipients that they have been selected for this distinct honor, and Disney Institute was among those stops.

The entire Disney Institute team is happy to congratulate Jeff Noel on this momentous achievement!

His career with The Walt Disney Company began in 1982 as a Skipper at the Jungle Cruise attraction at The Walt Disney World® Resort, and by 1999, Jeff had accepted an invitation to join the facilitation team at Disney Institute.

Since then, he has not only taught the best practices of The Walt Disney Company, he has personified them. True to the title of the award, Jeff has left a lasting Legacy that inspires not only his fellow Cast Members, but also the participants that he coaches during programs.



Jeff is pictured above with Jeff James (left), Disney Institute vice president and general manager, and Rick Continelli (right), senior vice president of resort park sales and services.

At Disney Institute, we aim to teach many of the important values that Walt embodied. Of them, Cast recognition is a primary element discussed during Disney’s Approach to Selection, Training & Engagement. It demonstrates to other Cast Members the type of attitude that is most valued at the company, and recognizes people like Jeff for continuing to reinforce the time-honored values that our founder has instilled.

Join us in congratulating Jeff, and leave your thoughts below. How have you or your leadership team recognized an outstanding employee lately?


Posted in Selection, Training, Engagement | Tagged Selection, Training & Engagement, Employee Engagement Ideas, Employee Retention, Employee Recognition, Motivating Employees | 5 Comments


5 Responses to Recognizing Employees for Outstanding Achievement

  • Andy says:

    on February 19, 2013

    Congratulations Jeff! A great honor!


  • George says:

    on February 19, 2013

    Congrats Jeff!


  • Jeff says:

    on February 19, 2013

    I've known many Disney Cast Members over the years, and I don't think I know of anyone more genuine, more real, than Jeff Noel. Because of his integrity, he is one of the few people who can afford to be transparent. He simply is who he says he is, and that's a wonderful thing for all around him. While our paths have moved in separate directions, I consider him a friend, and consider myself blessed for having known him. He is a Disney legacy. He is what Disney should always be about. Congratulations Jeff!


  • David says:

    on February 19, 2013

    "I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained." Walt Disney If I have quoted it correctly, I have been both educated and entertained by Jeff. His exemplary career has encouraged countless others to carry on the traditions taught by Walt from the beginning. He is helping me follow my dreams! Congratulations Jeff!!


  • Donna says:

    on February 19, 2013

    Congratulation Jeff. This is a huge honor, and I am so glad you have been recognized for all your hard work and unwavering dedicationl.


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