It is with great sadness that WDW Radio shares news of the passing of Richard Gerth, legendary greeter at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
At 92-years-old Richard was, for many Walt Disney World Guests, a resort destination. Always the picture of class in his cream suit and straw boater hat, Guests routinely visited Richard at his post at the Grand Floridian to share a hug and a smile. Always a gentleman and a Disney icon, he was the centerpiece of many informal selfies and formal wedding and vacation photographs.
With his elvish smile and endless energy, Richard helped create cherished memories for many guests. I will always remember the day that I arrived at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in a taxi and Richard was first on the scene to open the vehicle door. In a display of gallantry, he extended his hand palm up for me to place my hand in his, called me Princess, and escorted me to the front door of the resort. Never have I ever felt so much like a Princess!
For more than 26 years, Richard was a beloved and welcoming fixture at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. He enjoyed talking to guests and was particularly proud of the countless Disney Fairy Tale Brides he escorted throughout the resort. As stated by Lou Mongello, “Richard remains a shining example and reminder of the importance of loving what you do…every day.”
The WDW Radio family passes on its sincere condolences and comforting thoughts to the family of Richard Gerth during this sad time. Richard will always be a shining star in the hearts and memories of Walt Disney World Cast Members and Guests. Thank you, Richard!
Do have a special memory to share about Richard? We would love to hear it!
(In the photo above, Lou Mongello and Richard Gerth. Photo from the personal collection of Lou Mongello.)
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