Disney World and Disneyland get new presidents

By Daniel S Levine,

There is a shakeup at the top of the happiest places on Earth. Both Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim will have new presidents.

According to Orlando Attractions Magazine, George Kalogridis, the current Disneyland president, will transfer over to Orlando and hold the same job starting on Feb. 1. Meg Crofton, who currently holds the position in Orlando, will drop that title, but will remain president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France.

Animal Kingdom Vice President Michael Colglazier will be promoted to Walt Disney World president.

“With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect. I would like to thank Meg for her tireless devotion and the extraordinary contributions serving in both positions and wish George and Michael the best of luck in their new roles. They both bring a wealth of operational expertise, leadership and passion to these roles, which will contribute to the success of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”

As The New York Times notes, the theme park division makes up a large part of the Walt Disney Company, with Disney World as the largest component. It draws 30 million visitors each year and covers 40 square miles of Central Florida. Around 64,000 employees work at the six theme parks, 25 hotels and other areas.

Kalogridis will oversee a time of change for Disney World, since the $400 million Avatar-themed section will be built during his tenure. The parks will also implement the new MyMagic+ system, which was announced earlier this week.

Kalogridis and Colglazier will both report to Crofton.

Disney also has parks in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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