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  • Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...ness-headlines


    Walt Disney World this afternoon will announce the new leader of the Orlando resort.

    Last November, Al Weiss, who has run the organization since 1994, was promoted to oversee all Disney parks worldwide. Weiss was running the local operation in the interim but said then there would be a search for a new person to oversee the local theme parks, water parks, time shares and hotels. Walt Disney World is the region's largest employer with about 58,000 employees.

    Insiders and observers have speculated that possible candidates for the job include Karl Holz, president of Euro Disney SCA and a former senior vice president of operations for Disney World; and Jim Lewis, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club timeshares.
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    Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

    http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...&from=business


    The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday said it has promoted 27-year Disney veteran Meg Gilbert Crofton to president of the Walt Disney World Resort.

    The company also elevated 10-year Disney veteran Jim Lewis to president of Disney Vacation Club. Both Crofton and Lewis will report to Al Weiss, president of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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    • #3
      Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

      Meg Gilbert Crafton was Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion for WDW prior to her promotion.
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      • #4
        Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

        Here is a link that has a photo of the new President of WDW

        http://www.cob.fsu.edu/man/hrcenter/...info.cfm?id=31
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        • #5
          Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

          what does an hr person know about running a resort? besides personelle issues. and she worked for jay can you say puppet?

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          • #6
            Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

            I can't find anything to confirm this yet, but I'm looking. Story at: http://thedisneyblog.typepad.com/tdb/

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              Re: Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

              Darkbeer posted the story in the News forum earlier: http://micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34606

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                Re: Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

                Ahh. Thanks. I didn't see it.
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                • #9
                  Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

                  I only found one picture of her in google image search...


                  Is this the same woman who was trying to tell me that WDW's pirates wasn't opening? my video on VF. heh. that's funny. She wouldn't tell me her position. I still wouldn't have believed her since 4 days earlier I was getting told the same thing at Disneyland for our pirates' soft opening. ;P

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                  • #10
                    Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

                    Originally posted by Cmash95
                    what does an hr person know about running a resort? besides personelle issues. and she worked for jay can you say puppet?
                    Can we at least give her a chance? I mean what does a Disney Cruise person know about running a resort....yet Ouimet did fine. Right now, I don't know enough about her to say "That's Great!" or "That's Horrible!" so I'm going to see how it goes before I form my opinion on her. If she does a good job, great. That's all I can hope for.
                    “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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                    • #11
                      Re: Disney's Orlando resort to get new leader - Orlando Sentinel, 8/17/06

                      Originally posted by TheDisneyInquisitor
                      Can we at least give her a chance? I mean what does a Disney Cruise person know about running a resort....yet Ouimet did fine. Right now, I don't know enough about her to say "That's Great!" or "That's Horrible!" so I'm going to see how it goes before I form my opinion on her. If she does a good job, great. That's all I can hope for.
                      Actually, quite a lot. A Cruise ship is in a way a "mini" resort with shows and
                      attractions. (no rides of course). Yes, there are quite a lot of differences as well.
                      But the differences are no where as great as comparing HR to running a park.
                      (although I completely agree that HR is a critical element, it's really pretty
                      far from the 'show').

                      Now that's not to say that Ms. Crafton will be good or not, but IMHO I'll take
                      Mr. Grier anyday (who has both Operations and Park manager experience.)

                      But maybe she'll have decent people underneath her who can run the various
                      parks. (Like Greg Emmer for DL). One never knows.
                      Last edited by nish221; 08-17-2006, 03:53 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

                        Oh goodie. A new person to blame for the MK's lack of cleanliness and upkeep!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

                          Originally posted by TDLFAN
                          Oh goodie. A new person to blame for the MK's lack of cleanliness and upkeep!
                          Let's hope this will spark a change there. I am glad that someone that is from the east coast has been promoted to the post especialy someone who's home is central Florida. Maybe they remember what once made WDW so special. I hopes this mean that Meg will visit (frequently) the park and see the truth of what is going on there.:yea:
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                            Re: Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

                            worldwide Human Resources, Operations and Sales
                            So besides this slightly uh...empty report on her past now we need the real info. Who is she? Where has she worked? When was she there?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Breaking News: Disney announces new President of the Walt Disney World Resort

                              Originally posted by Jessicalover
                              Let's hope this will spark a change there.
                              It won't. This woman will have to have balls to prove herself against the bosses who placed her there... or else, I anticipate her to be just another rubber stamp for the bigger wigs above her. But let's hope I am wrong about her.

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