Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks, decorated by Disneyland Resort cast members, recently waddled their way over to the “it’s a small world” canal for the annual Duck Races during the resort’s 67th anniversary festivities. The beak-to-beak competition was set through none other than the treacherous “it’s a small world” canal.
From bedazzled beaks to hand-painted feathers, cast members duckorated their rubber ducks according to various categories; including “Most like Donald Duck,” “Most Disney Themed,” “Favorite Attraction,” “Superhero” and “Least Sea-Worthy.”
From artistic twists on the Haunted Mansion to a duck swimming in a mobile order bread bowl, cast members spent the morning running from table to table, snapping photos of the dapper ducks’ creative designs. Awards were given for each appearance-based category as well as for the ducks who placed first, second and last place in the beak-to-beak race around the canal before the theme park opened.
“The fact that cast members get to take a little yellow duck and let their creativity loose — it always blows my mind,” says Fantasyland Retail Manager Tamarah Mack. “The ducks let them express that creativity.”