New park president at Disneyland in Disney Parks management shuffle

January 31, 2018, 7:14 PM · Longtime Disney Parks executive Josh D’Amaro will replace Michael Colglazier as the president of the Disneyland Resort in March, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced today.

Colglazier moves to a position overseeing the Disney theme parks in Asia in the management shuffle. He will replace Bill Ernest, 68, who is retiring after 10 years as President and Managing Director, Asia, for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

"One of our company’s greatest strengths is the vast array of talented leaders at our destinations around the globe," Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek said in a statement. "Michael and Josh bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their new roles and share a passion for delivering extraordinary experiences for our guests. They are the right leaders to bring our ambitious expansion plans to life during this period of unprecedented growth."

D’Amaro, 46, moves west from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where he has worked as vice president of Disney's Animal Kingdom; senior vice president, Resorts and Transportation, and senior vice president overseeing marketing strategy, sales and business development. He began his career with Disney 20 years ago as a senior business planner at the Disneyland Resort. He also has worked for Disney's consumer products division.

Colglazier, 51, served as Disneyland's president for the past five years, overseeing the recent 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration and the beginning of the transformation of Disneyland park to add its new Star Wars land.

The management changes go into effect March 5.

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