Together in the Dream

By Heidi

About Together in the Dream
Our Careers in the Magic Kingdom

R.J. painted Animatronic figures and “plussed” attractions. Suzanne drove monorails, marched in parades, and entertained as Sleepy the dwarf. Together, the Ogrens brought their unique skills to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom during its formative years. This is their story.

R.J. and Suzanne were indeed “together in the dream”: their adventures as husband-and-wife cast members spanned the backstage areas of iconic attractions, Main Street parades, and Disney executive offices. They worked with celebrities, Disney artists like Marc and Alice Davis, and the fun-loving, creative geniuses who called the “Animation Art Studio” home.

Among the stories the Ogrens tell:

Working underwater at the old 20,000 Leagues attraction, aboard the pirate ship in Pirates of the Caribbean, and in the “jungle” of the Jungle Cruise
How Disney trains its monorail drivers, and the surprisingly rigorous tests they must pass to qualify
Life in the “Dwarf unit”, the tight-knit group of cast members who perform as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Magic Kingdom
Why some Animatronic characters don’t wear pants
Repairing bullet holes in the Haunted Mansion, replacing Dopey’s stolen head, and other examples of Disney guests gone wild

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