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Here’s Why People Rush To Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe To Take Selfies With This Adorable Chef

Disneyland’s longest continuously working cast member (that’s what Disneyland calls its employees) is this Latino chef who was born in Brownsville, Texas, moved to Arkansas when he was around nine years old, then moved to California in 1956 and got hired at Disneyland just one week later.

This is Oscar Martinez, but most people know him as Chef Oscar.

Chef Oscar has worked in Disneyland for 60 years.

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Oscar started working at Disneyland in Anaheim on December 29, 1956 as a busboy.

In 1967, he became a cook at the Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A.


It’s safe to say he fell in love with his job, because he’s been there ever since.

He’s a Disneyland icon with a dish named after him.


Oscar’s Choice: All American Breakfast was named to honor Chef Oscar and it includes his favorite breakfast potatoes.

People love to stop by Carnation Café to snap pictures with the chef who has his own hashtag: #ChefOscar

Lunch time visit from the #Disneyland icon. He's almost as cute as Mickey! ? #carnationcafe #chefoscar

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He still spends time in the kitchen, but most of the time he’s greeting and seating guests in the patio. And taking pictures, of course.

He’s 81 years old and has no plans to retire.


“No, I’m not ready for that yet. I’m not ready for retirement. I don’t want to talk about it because it’s way off,” he told ABC Action News. His work ethic is goals!

To honor his 60 years at Carnation Café, Disneyland made a one-of-a-kind custom statue for him.


The Cinderella-themed statue features Oscar’s likeness and has an inscription that reads “Thank you for helping to tell our stories for 60 magical years.”

WARNING: You’re about to fall in love with Chef Oscar.

Oscar Martinez, Longest Tenured Disneyland Resort Cast Member,…

Oscar Martinez, the longest tenured cast member at the Disneyland Resort, recently celebrated his 60th service anniversary! You can visit him at Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A. where “Oscar’s Choice” is a popular dish. Check out this video to see Oscar’s service award, created just for him at Walt Disney Imagineering!

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Pope Francis Warns That Recent Populism Mirrors Rise Of 1930s Germany

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Pope Francis Warns That Recent Populism Mirrors Rise Of 1930s Germany

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The 2016 election proved that America was primed for a populist uprising. When Donald Trump, the consummate “outsider,” announced his candidacy, many among the working class finally found someone that understood could give a voice back to the “silent majority.” It was as much a victory of populism as it was for Donald Trump.

In a recent interview with El País, Pope Francis warned that the growing trend of “savior” populism throughout Europe could mirror that of 1930s Germany.

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In his interview with El País, the Pope pointed out that he has no problem with populism when the people are the “protagonists,” but he warned of another form of populism that occurs when a “savior” comes along, saying this is what happened with Hitler’s rise in Germany.

…[A]fter the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, it needs a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: “I can, I can.” And Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn’t steal power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people.

He added:

That is the risk. In times of crisis we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me. Let’s look for a savior who gives us back our identity and let us defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other people who may rob us of our identity. And that is a very serious thing.

When the subject of Donald Trump was raised, the Pope was careful to keep an open mind.

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I think that we must wait and see. I don’t like to get ahead of myself, nor to judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will form an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise.

The Pope makes a good case for why we cannot expect to find solutions to today’s problems if we live irrationally. In this case, it’s irrational to assume the worst, and it’s also irrational to allow a “savior” to get a free pass just because they say the things we want to hear. The entire interview is worth a read.


[H/T] El País: Pope Francis: “The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior”


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