Peggie Fariss has a similar backstory and did not plan to work for Disney. A part-time job on the Storybook Land Canal Boats in 1966 began a journey that led to a remarkable 50-year career. Fariss aptly calls it an “accidental career”,[…].

Fariss is [the] guest on this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss her 50 years at Disney. She retired in 2016 and has so many interesting stories from a diverse career. After working on the Canal Boats and at the Matterhorn, Fariss moved to Orlando for the opening of Walt Disney World. She also served as a show producer on the original Spaceship Earth, produced the Disney Galleries, helped secure attraction sponsorships, and managed Imagineering at Disneyland Paris. There is far too much to cover in a single podcast episode.

A Remarkable Disney Career

During this extensive conversation on Fariss’ Disney career, [the hosts] spoke with her on the following topics:

  • How did she initially get started at Disneyland in 1966?
  • Why was Fariss so interested in working at Walt Disney World during its early days in the 1970s?
  • How was the research put together to develop the story for Spaceship Earth?
  • What were some of the details that advisors helped to place into that attraction?
  • Why was the narration for Spaceship Earth changed to include Walter Cronkite?
  • What was it like to work in such a different environment at Disneyland Paris?.