Disney has reorganised its theme park leadership. Walt Disney World Resort will be led by Josh D’Amaro, while Disneyland Resort will welcome Rebecca Campbell.
Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, announced the new leaders for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.
As of November, Josh D’Amaro will take on the role of President of Walt Disney World Resort, after serving as President of Disneyland Resort since March 2018.
“I have been incredibly honored to lead the Disneyland Resort, and humbled to work alongside our amazing Cast Members,” said D’Amaro.
Josh D’Amaro appointed President of Walt Disney World
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It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the Disneyland Resort and accepting the role as president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. I cannot express how magical this experience has been. But of all of the things … it is the people I will miss most of all. The amazing Cast… our wonderful Guests… and our incredible passholders. It truly takes people to make the dream a reality. Magic has a name. It is ALL of you. I'll be around for a few more weeks. Please give Rebecca Campbell, the incoming Disneyland Resort president, a warm welcome. I can't wait for her to meet all of you. #Magichasaname #HappiestPlaceOnEarth #ThankYou #DLR #WDW
“From the moment I arrived in Orange County, I felt welcomed and proud to engage with this community,” he added.
“Over the past two years, we’ve worked hard to ensure that Disneyland is a great place for our guests to visit and for our cast to work.
“At the same, the Walt Disney World Resort is undergoing one of its most significant transformations in its history.
“My ties to the Cast of the Walt Disney World Resort and to the Central Florida community run deep, and I look forward to rejoining the team.”
Rebecca Campbell is now President at Disneyland Resort
As President of Disneyland Resort, Campbell will relocate to California from London, where she was President, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International.
“As a lifelong fan of Disney parks, I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Disneyland Resort,” said Campbell.
“I can’t wait to work closely with my fellow Cast Members to continue to deliver great experiences for our millions of guests, and to ensure that the Disneyland Resort remains a great place to work and is a leading community partner in Anaheim and Orange County.
“This is a period of incredible investment in the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help bring more of the world’s favourite stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars to life for our guests.”
George A Kalogridis, who has led Walt Disney World Resort since 2013, will take on a new role as President, Disney Segment Development and Enrichment.
Kalogridis will be responsible for developing strategic and operational business initiatives, and will lead the Disney Institute.
Chapek: ‘An exciting time in the history of Disney parks’
“This is one of the most exciting times in the history of Disney parks, and I am thrilled that these dynamic leaders will be at the helm of Disneyland and Walt Disney World during this period of unprecedented expansion,” said Chapek.
“Josh and Rebecca bring broad-based experience, enthusiasm, and a keen understanding of the importance of the Disney Difference to our guests.
“George’s 48 years of experience put him in a perfect position to share best practices across the organisation, and serve as a key advisor to leadership.”
Meanwhile, Michael Colglazier, who currently leads Disney parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo, will become President of Disney Parks International, adding Disneyland Paris to his portfolio.
Catherine Powell, President of Disney Parks West, has also stepped down this week. Powell oversaw Disney theme parks in California, Florida and France. Her position has been eliminated.