Before the iconic resort became his workplace, he was just another kid at the park, swinging by all his favorite attractions with his twin brother Chris. Their family visited Disneyland every two years, starting when they were four.
Then, Maggetti was a Northern Arizona University hotel and restaurant administration major applying for the Disney College Program. He landed a summer gig as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise, one of his favorite rides.
Finally, in 1995, he landed his first full-time role at the park. By that point, Maggetti knew that Disneyland was where he wanted to stay.
Maggetti has held 13 different roles at the Walt Disney Company over the years, including one that took him all the way to Japan. Today, he’s a general manager representing the western part of Disney California Adventure Park. Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Park are the two theme parks that make up the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Maggetti said his story isn’t “unique” at Disneyland.
“You go to a meeting and you look around the room and it’s like: ‘Oh my goodness, you were in my management training class in 1996,'” he told Business Insider. “This is not an unusual story because there are so many opportunities with Disney to have different experiences.”
Maggetti shared his daily schedule with Business Insider. His routine sheds light on both the culture at Disneyland, and the behind-the-scenes inner-workings of the park.
This article was originally published in August 2018.