The Arribas Brothers, Tomas, and Alfonso Arribas, came from the Spanish hometown of La Coruña, Spain, bringing with them a 100-year-old family business that specialized in the ancient techniques of Glass Blowing and Cutting. The Arribas Brothers were discovered at the 1964 World’s Fair by Walt Disney himself, a chance encounter that led to the pair opening their first official store at the Disneyland Resort, tucked inside the Sleeping Beauty Castle, just a few years later in 1967.
Many years later, there are now Arribas Brothers locations in Disney theme parks worldwide, each maintaining that connection to the history of their craft and dedication to the art of glass blowing. One Arribas Brothers artist, Miguel Arribas, is celebrating 50 years of artistry since the young cousin of the original brothers became inspired by the craftsmanship and started his career at just 14 years old. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Miguel is well known as one of the longest-serving team members at the Walt Disney World Arribas Brothers locations.
“The best part of working at Walt Disney World is the guests. Our guests come from all over the world, but it’s always a special moment when they see my nametag and see I’m from Montevideo, Uruguay. It makes me feel proud,” said Arribas.”
As part of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, Disney is showcasing the work of this incredible artist in the video below, where you can watch Miguel’s incredible talent bring the Disney Castle to life. Be sure to drop by and say hello if you are near one of the Walt Disney World Arribas Brothers locations.