How Gina Went from Tinker Bell into Disaster Recovery

Gina was interviewed on a different type of podcast. This podcast is The Civil Engineering Podcast. Gina talks about how she went from gymnastics to being an aerialist in the circus, flying high over Disneyland, and then into Public Assistance/FEMA as a Program Delivery Manager for Jacobs where she met and works with multiple types of engineers. She started with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. You need to listen to hear the whole story.
Click THIS LINK to listen to her interview.

If you would like an autographed photo from Tinker Bell or an autographed pin, visit her website;

If you would like to learn more about the Engineering Management Institute, here are their links:
LinkedIn Group..Engineering Management

*Gina and I would like to thank Anthony Fasano at the Civil Engineering Podcast for this awesome interview opportunity.

Unseen Photo Of The Basketball Court

This fun fact was one of the original, and most shared, fun facts that I heard which sparked my interest in Disneyland history.

There is a half basketball court in the top of the mountain. Rumor has it that the reason they built a basketball court in the top of the mountain was that, back in the 1950s, the building codes prohibited any structure from being that tall unless it was a sports structure. It is located about two-thirds of the way up. It was actually built as a break room for Cast Members, for the mountain climbers to get ready for their climbs, and for Tinker Bell to prepare for her flight during the fireworks. They also added a ping-pong table.
These are the photos of the court that get shared around all the time.

Here is a never before seen photo of the basketball “court” with Tinker Bell before her flight. This is Gina Rock, the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history. She flew from 1983-2005. She liked shooting hoops with her team or playing ping-pong before she was tossed off the mountain.
In the top left of the photo, you can see the signatures of the Matterhorn Mountain climbers.
Here is a cutaway of the Matterhorn to show you the location of the basketball hoop.
Imagineer Tony Baxter was interviewed about the hoop being up there and about its history.

If you would like to get an autographed Tinker Bell photo of Gina or an autographed Tinker Bell collector’s pin, Gina donates all the money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just visit her website

*Matterhorn image from Wikipedia
*Basketball playing from
*Matterhorn cross section from Pinterest
*Other images from 

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