Disney is eliminating her position, so there will be no replacement. As a result, Disneyland President Josh D'Amaro, Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis and Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski now will report directly to Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek.
No word anywhere yet if this restructuring will affect Michael Colglazier, the former Disneyland President who continues to be listed on Disney's website as the President of Disney Parks East Region — Powell's counterpart overseeing the Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resorts. The resorts that Colglazier oversees are all partially or wholly owned by other parties, unlike Powell's former portfolio of resorts, which are now wholly owned by Disney following the 2017 acquisition of outstanding shares of Disneyland Paris.
Powell's departure follows the path of former Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton, who was promoted to a similar position overseeing Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris in 2013, before she left the company in 2015.
What was supposed to be a triumphant year for Disney's U.S. theme parks has turned a bit disappointing for the company, as aggressive price increases coupled with the delay in its marquee attraction kept Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge from filling the parks in Anaheim and Lake Buena Vista, as Disney executives had expected. But it's hard to see how much responsibility for that could possibly be attributed to Powell, who was at Disneyland Paris for years before taking on a position in the Disney Parks hierarchy that's basically just been used as a bridge between a resort presidency and the exit door from the company.Tweet
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