“I still have my first pay stub. It was for $6.34.”
That was what Peggie Fariss got paid her first week working on the Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland in the fall of 1965, right after graduating from Anaheim High School. It was the start of a Disney career that lasted more than 50 years in a variety of roles around the world.
That job took people on a tour of miniatures, replicating settings for some of the Walt Disney’s animated films.
“I enjoyed the leisurely pace. It was an intimate setting with just 10 people on the boat,” Fariss said.
She also remembers the spiel she used to give more than 50 years ago.
“Welcome to Storybook Land, everyone. My name is Peggie and we’re on board the Katrina. Together we’re going to relive some of the most famous fairy tales of all time. Oh look, we’ve just been swallowed by Monstro.”