“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…,” says the male announcer in a home recording booth.
In a twin booth just six feet away at the Highland home, a female voice says the same thing.
Both recordings will be heard at the Disneyland Resort – his at Disneyland and hers at Disney California Adventure.
They are Bill Rogers, 66, and Camille Dixon, 51, the official voices for each park, and they’re married – to each other.
“We met in 2000, a client booked me at his studio,” Dixon said.
A romance between the two voiceover announcers blossomed and 10 years later on Christmas Eve, they married.
Rogers became the official voice of Disneyland in 1991, when Jack Wagner, the original voice of Disneyland, retired. And on the basis of a two-take audition, Rogers got the gig, and has been doing it for 25 years.
“I think I’ve said ‘Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’ about 90,000 times,” he said.
Rogers had been doing voice work for a variety of clients, when an associate at a recording studio asked him if he knew Jack Wagner.
“I told him I didn’t know him personally, but he was my hero,” said Rogers. “He was the most effective spokesman for the Walt Disney Company that I could imagine,” Rogers said of Wagner. Rogers said that with his voice, Wagner could be a ringmaster, a grandfather and an authority figure at the same time.
Meanwhile, Dixon had been doing a few announcements for Disney California Adventure since it opened in 2001, but was not the official voice.
As the opening for Cars Land neared in 2012, Rogers had several days on his calendar blocked out to record all the announcements for the park when the couple got a call from Disney.
“I was driving; Bill answered the phone,” Dixon said. It was Disney and park officials asked to speak to her. They wanted to have a different official voice for the park before its rededication, and offered Dixon the job.
For the next 10 days, Dixon had to re-record the entire…