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Disneyland Employee, 81, Set to Mark 60 Years at Park

  • Associated Press

FILE - Visitors look down the Main Street section of Disneyland from the railroad station platform in Anaheim, California, June 7, 1955. Oscar Martinez, 81, is set to celebrate 60 years as a Disneyland employee. He began working there a year after the park's opening.

An 81-year-old Disneyland employee is set to celebrate his 60th anniversary of working at the California theme park.

KABC-TV reports Oscar Martinez works at Carnation Cafe along the park's Main Street, U.S.A. He came to work at Disneyland as a busboy only a year after the park's opening in 1955. His skill at making breakfast potatoes first got him noticed. They're included on the menu at the cafe as part of “Oscar's Choice,” which is named in his honor.

Martinez's longevity has made him a Disneyland character of sorts. The station says he spends less time in the kitchen and more time greeting fans.

Martinez says he has no plans to hang up his chef hat. He says he doesn't want to talk about retirement, “because it's way off.”

KABC is owned by Disney.

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