Oklahoma man bound for Disney dream job

Tuesday, March 18th 2008, 11:27 am
By: News 9

By Doug Warner, NEWS 9

It's the ultimate fun-house for kids all around the world. However, a grown man from Oklahoma City is hoping to make Disney his official stomping grounds, not to play - but to work.

The Hurd family consists of Eileen, Hope, Hunter, Stouie and 32-year-old Patrick. The jury's still out on who the bigger kid is; dad Patrick, or his youngest, Stouie.

"He does give him a run for his money," Patrick's wife, Faith said.

But like his wife, we have our money on Patrick, a card carrying Star Wars fanatic who still loves the occasional foosball battle between the evil battle droids and the troopers in the middle of his living room.

But, the real show stopper inside the Hurd house is Patrick's wall-to-wall tribute to Disney, from collectables to videos to the internet.

Patrick even hosts a monthly Disney Pod-cast, listened to by thousands.

But Disney can't help but officially acknowledge Patrick now. Patrick, along with 1,500 other Disney fans, submitted videos in hopes of winning the Disney Dream Job contest; to be the Chief Magic official for a full year.

"As Chief Magic Official I'd be able to go into the park and find those kids and those families and I would be responsible for making their day even more magical," Hurd said.

For Patrick, Oklahoma and Florida must seem a lot closer now, since being picked one of 10 finalists for this dream Disney gig.

"I think it's just that I always like to make people smile," Hurd said.

All the M&M Star Wars, Tinkerbells and foosball scoring storm troopers in his living room can't help him now.

"I got myself into the top 10, now I need people to vote for me," Hurd said.

It's up to us to turn the Hurd family magic maker into Disney's Chief Magic Official so Patrick's dreams really can come true.

To vote for Patrick, click here.