Over the last fifty-four years since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has earned a number of various awards and recognitions excellence. However, recently, the Disneyland Resort, as well as the members of the cast, received recognition for merits in attractions, culinary arts and hospitality.
Executive Chef of the Napa Rose, Andrew Sutton, has practiced the culinary arts for more than two and a half decades. He was one of the four individuals to receive the honor of earning the Antonin Careme Medal, which The Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast, Inc. presented. Andrew Sutton received the honor for his lifetime achievements, including the involvement he had with the creation of the award-winning menu for the five-star Napa Rose restaurant, which he helped to launch in 2000, when he first joined the Disneyland Resort family.
The chairperson for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Jay Rasulo, was honored with the Hospitality Leader of the Year Award, which was presented by Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. Jay Rasulo received recognition for his overall leadership abilities, which includes supervision of five different world-class vacation destinations, a first class cruise line as well as a wide range of additional businesses designed to put Disney in the position of leader in the market for family vacation.
The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa received the esteemed Gold Key and Gold Tee Awards for 2009, which were presented by Meetings & Conventions magazine. These awards are only presented to the finest meeting locations in the world for the overall experience that is provided. In addition, the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa also received recognition by winning the Smart Meetings Magazine Platinum Choice Award for 2009. The editorial staff, as well as the readers of Smart Meetings Magazine chooses this award.
A number of other awards were presented in recognition of the Disneyland Resort and those associated with it. The Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year from The California Hotel & Lodging Association was awarded to Wade Heath, the Disneyland Hotel Parking Lead. The Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for an Attraction went to the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction at the Disney California Adventure Park.