The Walt Disney Company announced today that they would be conducting a shakeup in the leaderships of the domestic Disney Parks. What does this mean?
George A. Kalogridis, the current president of Disneyland, was named president of the Walt Disney World Resort, while Micheal Colglazier, current head of Animal Kingdom Park, is named president of the Disneyland Resort. Meg Crofton will fully assume her global role as president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France.
George Kalogridis has helped to guide Disneyland through one of the best years in it's 58 year history with the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Disney hopes to bring some of that success to Walt Disney World. I believe that this switch will be very beneficial for Walt Disney World, as it has been lacking in upkeep lately.
Micheal Colglazier recently has been working on the addition of an Avatar themed land to Animal Kingdom and the long awaited Wild Africa Trek.
Along with the big announcements, Disney announced that Josh D’Amaro would be moved from Adventures by Disney and become the new vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Tom Wolber of the Disney Cruise Line will head Downtown Disney and Disney Sports.
I don't want to make any judgments on how these leadership changes, all we can do is hope for the best. All leadership changes official occur Febuary 1.
My only comment is that I am surprised that Disney passed over Mary Niven, VP of Disney California Adventure and Guest Services. Many assumed–including myself– that she would be appointed to president because of the great success of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.