Banks Lee

@BanksLee

26 year old actor, host, videographer, theme park enthusiast, Disney Parks fanatic, D23 member, Neurotic Disney Individual #177 & Texan

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My heart is extremely heavy right now, just found out one of my closest friends from high school, Theresa Machado, passed away. This picture from January 2008 was the last time I saw her in person. She had moved to Alabama after graduating from Texas High School in 2005, so after my Disney College Program in 2007 was over, I decided to make a detour to Huntsville to see Theresa and her sister Maria again.

Theresa was a joy to be around and all of us in THS Theater 2004-2005 with Miz Dees had such a great time together, especially when we did Little Shop of Horrors. So many great memories I will cherish forever, just like our friendship.

RIP Theresa Machado, you will be greatly missed.

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Metting Tom Staggs, the current Chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts the other day reminded me of when I met the previous Chairman, Jay Rasulo in 2009, and how it made things come full circle for me in regards to New Fantasyland.

Sidney & I were hanging out at MK on June 9, 2009 & I noticed Meg Crofton, Phil Holmes & a bunch of higher-ups walking around MK. I immediately noticed the then Chairman of Disney Parks Jay Rasulo was with them, so I took the chance to introduce myself and ask for a quick picture with him and Meg. Also in attendance in the group of executives was Al Weiss, former President of WDW and at the time I saw him, President of Worldwide Operations for Disney Parks and Resorts. As Sidney and I walked away I couldn't stop thinking why so many top level executives were walking around MK. Was something big happening soon?

Fast forward 3 months later to the inagural D23 Expo in Anaheim as Jay Rasulo announces the development of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in MK history. It dawned on me, THAT's why all those executives were at MK!

Fast forward again 3 years and I'm talking to Tom Staggs inside a near completed New Fantasyland. Walking through the Mermaid queue afterwards it hit me how these two chance encounters have now book-ended my personal journey with New Fantasyland, and how fast 3 years can really fly when you're looking forward to great things.

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This, as you may recognize, is a maintenance service elevator.

Back when I was a CM in 2009, I was part of the Cast photo for the 20th anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios

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I'm really liking the new Twitter update for the iPhone! #fb

. The Show hosts Ali & Heather make great Christmas presents! #fb

Good shot of Mario Lopez! #fb

Mario Lopez just did several standups right in front of me!!!! I'm 110% gonna be seen! Merry Christmas Granddad! #fb

MOWGLI!!!! #fb

They have a lot of these confetti canons lined up Main Street! #fb

While everyone heads to see Bieber, we got a great spot in front of Confectionary for the Parade! #fb

They are taking everyone in sections to the Castle Stage for Bieber. #fb

Clyde from the Sea Lion show is meeting the media guests tonight! #SWOChristmas

Show host Regina at 's Christmas Celebration. #SWOChristmas

The Sea of Trees have been lit, starting tonight's Christmas Celebration! #SWOChristmas

Taking a break from the filming by rising the Peoplemover. #fb

Just shot the opening monologue for the Parade! #fb

Maria Menounos is back hosting this year and will be standing on this stage. #fb

OMG, this Pascal is so cute! #fb

It's a beautiful day for a Parade!