Anyone who covered Walt Disney World Resort for the news media between 1971 and 2005 knew Charlie Ridgway, a hard-charging newsman who made the leap from newspaper reporter to ace media legend as the head of Public Relations for Walt Disney World Resort.
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Ridgway retired from Walt Disney World Resort, but his presence lives on in the Walt Disney World PR staff and throughout the world as his team of trained publicists have scattered far and wide. He was recognized as a prestigious Disney Legend in 1999, an award for extraordinary contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
For his 90th birthday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer proclaimed July 26, 2013, “Charles Ridgway Day” in the city of Orlando.