Disney kicks Meg Crofton upstairs; Disneyland's Kalogridis takes over Walt Disney World
Written by Robert Niles
The Walt Disney Company today announced a rumored change in leadership among its top theme parks. Walt Disney World president Meg Crofton moves upstairs - to the "President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France" position that she's held concurrently with her job running the company's flagship resort, in Florida.Tweet
That leaves an opening to run the Walt Disney World Resort, and that job's going to Disneyland President George Kalogridis, who oversaw the wildly successful revamp of Disney California Adventure.
Meg Crofton, left, and George Kalogridis, right, watch the red carpet arrivals at the opening of Cars Land in June 2012, from the balcony of the Carthay Circle at Disney California Adventure.
Michael Colglazier is moving over from Disney's Animal Kingdom to run Disneyland, replacing Kalogridis.
What does this mean? Success equals promotion. Disneyland thrived under Kalogridis, who will now get the opportunity to pump up Walt Disney World the way Disneyland improved under his leadership. Remember, Disney recently sent Cars Land creative director Kathy Mangum east to oversee Imagineering and design at the WDW resort. Clearly, Disney Parks chairman Tom Staggs and Disney management have decided to entrust Walt Disney World to Disneyland's management team, instead.
But what about Crofton's "promotion"? Remember, this is a side gig that she was doing in addition to the very full-time job of running the Walt Disney World Resort. Whatever Crofton will be doing now, it appears clear that it's the Disneyland team that's now in charge at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Update: My favorite line from Disney's official bio for Kalogridis? "George began his career at Walt Disney World in 1971 as a busboy at the Contemporary Resort." This is no outsider.
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