Gina recently rediscovered this interview she did with Scott Wolf for Mouse Clubhouse back in November 2014.
1:08 How Gina got her start as Tinker Bell
4:00 Being pregnant and working
6:10 Gina’s sub, Patty
6:38 The end of Gina’s flights
7:40 A normal performance day, and what it was like to fly, crashing into a mattress
12:05 The brakes on the trolley that was on the wire
12:43 Getting stuck on the wire and crashing into the mattress
Retired Flying Tinker Bell Gina Rock .is the longest-tenured Disneyland cast member to fly nightly over the Happiest Place on Earth. For 21 years, she ushered in the nightly fireworks with a wave of her wand while soaring 165 feet above the amusement park. She became Tinker Bell on May 31, 1983, and retired on September 5, 2005, at the age of 50. But that's not the whole story. In addition to her career as the tiny fairy, Rock also had a very interesting life away from the pixie dust. Circus performer, talent agent, and Disaster Housing Inspector for Parsons Brinckerhoff/WSP/Alltech Engineering, personal training educator, circus director, and other careers filled her days.
After a short Hiatus, we are back with an all-new episode of Dateline Jiminy Crickets! In this episode we explore many varying flights of fantasy, with a truly "uplifting" Disney top 10, then honor the legendary Disney Imagineer, Rolly Crump, and interview Disneyland's longest-flying Tinkerbell, Gina Rock!
Gina ended this year with a bang! This interview project was a long time in the making. She made contact with two of her Tink Crew members from the 1980s, Jim Moore and Bruce McGuire. She was able to get ahold of never before seen photos and video footage from Jim.
Richard and Sarah Woloski from the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast conducted the interview for their 399th episode. Gina was interviewed along with Bruce, but at the last minute, Jim wasn’t able to make it on the call. Bruce and Gina told stories about their time together in Disneyland. Bruce worked in Disneyland from 1973-2001 and was with the Tink Crew from 1985-1986. Jim worked in Disneyland from 1976-1988 and was with Gina from 1985-1989.
They have many more entertaining and engaging episodes on their website or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
I am the co-host of The Magic Behind The Ears podcast and was able to co-interview Gina on our show with Jerry Cornell, the producer of the Theme Parkology documentary DVDs (themeparkology.com).
We interviewed her in November 2016, but didn't actually get the episode up until April 2017.
"We have a very special guest on the show today. Gina Rock is the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disney history and on todays show, Gina shares what it was like flying as Tinker Bell from 1983-2005 at Disneyland.This amazing lady who first started out in the circus riding elephants and swinging from a trapeze will take us on an adventure full of pixie dust and special memories all this week on Disney with Daddy & Daughter."
This unique podcast focuses on wrestling. The host, Tony Merino, was once employed by Ringling Brothers, just like Gina. He was a part of the elephant crew, which is Gina's favorite animal. Gina was in the elephant act with Gunther Gebel-Williams while she was at Ringling Brothers. What we didn't know about Gina is that she was friends with some famous wrestlers, like "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Jay York, and even Andy Kaufman. Listen to this one-of-a-kind interview to learn more about it.
"This week, we’re thinking Tink! You may have thought you knew all there was to know about Tinker Bell, but Mousetalgia dives in and considers the flight of everyone’s favorite fairy by looking at some interesting angles. First, we talk to aerialist Gina Rock, who flew across the sky in Disneyland as the fireworks lit up the night. Gina talks about her background as a gymnast, and the experience of portraying the famous pixie in her nightly ritual in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. We also talk to Klay Hall, the director of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, on helping Disney relaunch Neverland for a new generation. Hall talks about developing Tink as a story editor for the 2008 Tinker Bell feature film, developing Pixie Hollow for Disneyland Park, and helping to guide the franchise as DisneyToon Studios launched the Disney Fairies, reimagining Tinker Bell for today’s audiences while keeping her roots as one of Disney’s most enduring and beloved characters. Plus – Kristen Carr checks in with a Mousetalgia FastPass… and more."
Mousetalgia is one of the top Disney podcasts out there and Gina was so excited to be interviewed by them. To listen to just Gina's part, skip ahead to the 25-minute mark.
Gina had the pleasure of being interviewed by Professional Mechanical Engineer Chris Chipman and his wife Sarah on their podcast Creating Geeks. She was able to talk more about her time in the circus with this interview than she has on previous ones.
Click to listen, or you can look up "The Chippa Made This" on your podcast app. Chris has several podcasts that share the same channel name.
Gina was interviewed on a different type of podcast. This podcast is The Civil Engineering Podcast. Gina talks about how she went from gymnastics to being an aerialist in the circus, flying high over Disneyland, and then into Public Assistance/FEMA as a Program Delivery Manager for Jacobs where she met and works with multiple types of engineers. She started with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. You need to listen to hear the whole story.
The Sweep Spot podcast is hosted by two past Cast Members of Disneyland who were custodians with a combined 24 years experience. They were working in the park the whole time Gina was flying as Tink. Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman both co-wrote the book "Cleaning The Kingdom." Check out the book HERE.
This episode was from December 9, 2017.
"On The Sweep Spot we welcomed Gina Rock who was Tinker Bell and flew above Disneyland from 1983 to 2005 plus a trip report and more."
Gina was interviewed on the "Skywalking Through Neverland" podcast in November 2017 by Richard and Sarah Woloski.
Here are there show notes: " Ever wonder what it’s like to soar over Sleeping Beauty Castle while fireworks boom all around you? To be the symbol of Disneyland’s magic gliding across the sky? Gina Rock IS Tinker Bell. Specifically the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history, from 1983-2005. We are delighted to welcome her as our guest, and her stories are almost unbelievable. Hold on, was she the first…Jedi Tink?? **gasp** "
In October 2016, Gina was interviewed on the podcast "Magical Day Radio" by Dawn Short and Chris Lyndon. It was her first time to be interviewed on a podcast.
"We are so excited to bring this interview to you. Sam and Shawn had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Gina Rock . Gina is the longest flying Tinkerbell at Disneyland . For 21 years would travel from the top of the Matterhorn (160 feet in the air ) During the nighttime fireworks at the Happiest Place on Earth. Join us as Gina takes on the journey of her exciting career . From the Circus to Disneyland and now her great work in Emergency Management. Sit back relax and look high above the sky over Disneyland as we bring you Gina (Tinkerbell) Rock. Thank you for the continued support for our shows and as always , We hope you enjoy the view from Walt's Apartment."