Dan Gross: Mickey, Minnie & Bobbi: 40 years in Fla.

Bobbi Ferrilli: Loves the job
Bobbi Ferrilli: Loves the job
Posted: September 28, 2011

WALT DISNEY WORLD celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday, and Mickey, Minnie and the gang aren't the only ones who have been working at the Orlando vacation destination all this time.

When Southwest Philadelphia native Barbara Lashley moved to Miami in 1969, she had never heard of Orlando. Two years later she was working opening day as a cocktail server at Disney's Contemporary Resort and can now be found working as a server at Cap'n Jack's Restaurant at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Now known as Bobbi Ferrilli, she has made lasting friendships with her customers over the years, many of whom start a conversation with her about Philadelphia, which is listed on her name tag.

Bobbi, who grew up at 64th & Buist, never dreamed that being so far from home, she would meet a man from 64th & Lindbergh, but she and Paul Ferrilli just celebrated their 30th anniversary, renewing their vows with Elvis in Vegas.

Bobbi gets Christmas and birthday cards from repeat Disney customers, but in the early days she was sure she would be fired after she spilled an ice tea on Roy Disney, Walt's older brother. Keeping it Philly-real, Bobbi told Disney it was his fault because he was talking with his hands and knocked into her.

Disney agreed and told Bobbi she was doing a great job.

Bobbi also met Michael Jackson at Downtown Disney just before "Thriller" was released and waited on Jimmy Stewart and Fred MacMurray, among other stars. She said she loves everything about her job, especially getting to know her customers. She is one of 144 employees who have worked for Disney since the park opened in 1971.

Food blogger sued, outed

Well, that was fast. FooBooz. com has outed the mystery blogger behind StaphMeal.com whom Georges Perrier is suing for alleged defamation, as we reported yesterday. The writer is Joshua Scott Albert, a former front-of-house employee at Amis, a.kitchen and Zavino, among other restaurants.

TV TIDBITS * Fox 29's Jennaphr Frederick, and four other local moms - Paige Wolf, Michele Seidman, Nancy Gansky and Alla Pasternack - will be seen tomorrow morning on Chef Emeril Lagasse's new show, "Emeril's Table" (11 a.m., Hallmark Channel). Emeril gives the busy moms a cooking lesson. * Main Line interior designer Chuck Soldano is interviewed in the E! "True Hollywood Story" on his friend Bethenny Frankel. The pair became friendly as cast mates on "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart," and have remained close since. To learn more about Soldano and his work, visit ChuckSoldano.com. Local woman Latasha Hilton is told to "Come on down" to Contestants Row on Tuesday's "The Price is Right" (11 a.m., CBS3).

Funny business

Dave "The Hammer" Schultz told staff at Irish Times (2nd & Bainbridge) Monday night that comedian Norm MacDonald's story, shared on Howard Stern's SiriusXM Satellite Radio show, that the Broad Street Bully once flicked a lit cigarette at him, is false.

Schultz was there along with 94WIP's Joe Conklin performing stand-up. On Saturday, Schultz plays at Sarcasm Comedy Club at the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza with 94WIP's Steve Trevelise and Liz Miele. The show is a benefit for radio personality Brian Murphy, who has advanced bladder cancer. Last Saturday at Sarcasm, Mike Newman from the WEST Wakeup Crew and Dave Primiano won opening slots on Gilbert Gottfried's Oct. 15 show during a contest judged by Vince Papale, "Jersey Guy" Ray Rossi from New Jersey 101.5 and former 94 WYSP DJ Spike Eskin.

For tix: sarcasmcomedy.com.

Kimberly's fitness gig

Longtime Daily News fitness columnist Kimberly Garrison has joined FACTS Fitness and MotivationFitness as director of fitness and wellness. The company offers corporate and commercial fitness services. To learn more, visit motivationfitnesswc. com.

On Saturday, Garrison takes part in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, presented by Independence Blue Cross, starting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

Cut 'Footloose' Friday

There's a sneak preview of the new "Footloose" at 8 Friday night at the United Artists King of Prussia. The movie doesn't officially open until Oct. 14. If you're interested, RSVP at FootlooseFriday. com. Attendees get a poster and T-shirt.


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