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  • Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

    Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort

    BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2006--Ed Grier, a 25-year Disney (NYSEIS) veteran who most recently oversaw the company's operations of Tokyo Disney Resort, has been named President of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., it was announced today by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo.

    "Ed Grier brings an incredible depth and breadth of operations, Guest service and management experience that he has garnered over his 25 years with Disney parks around the world," said Rasulo. "Ed has the precise talent necessary to lead the Disneyland Resort into its second 50 years following the Happiest Celebration on Earth. We are pleased to welcome him back to the states - and look forward to the leadership he will provide to the park that truly started it all."

    Grier, 51, will report to Al Weiss, President of Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He replaces Matt Ouimet, who is leaving Disney to join Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Grier's replacement at Tokyo Disney Resort will be named at a later date.

    "Disneyland is beloved by millions around the world - and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such a special place," said Grier. "I look forward to working with the Disneyland management team and partnering with the Orange County community to ensure that our future is just as strong and bright as our past - and that Disneyland continues to make dreams come true for the millions of people who visit us each year."
    "I want to thank Matt Ouimet for his years of service to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts," Rasulo said. "On behalf of my management team, we wish him the very best in his new endeavors."

    Most recently, Grier served as Executive Managing Director of Walt Disney Attractions Japan, where he oversaw the Disney operations for the two-park Tokyo Disney Resort and managed the day-to-day relationship with the Oriental Land Company, which operates the resort as a licensee. During his tenure in Japan, Grier was instrumental in the overall master planning of the Resort, leading the Disney team that was responsible for the addition of new attractions and entertainment spectaculars, as well as a new Cirque theatre and new Disney-branded hotel, both of which are expected to open in 2008. In addition, Grier implemented best practices from Disney destinations around the world for Guest service standards, and resort and financial operations.

    Prior to his experience in Japan, Grier held executive positions at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort Paris in France. Grier served as general manager of Walt Disney World's Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios. In these positions, Grier oversaw park operations, led thousands of Cast Members and was responsible for the financial and operational performance of the parks.

    In addition to his operations and management experience, Grier has held positions at Walt Disney World Resort related to finance and marketing. In the early 1990s, Grier served as a member of an expatriate team that was assigned to Paris for one year to increase awareness of the resort in European markets. While there, Grier was responsible for establishing the resort's marketing division and developing Pan-European marketing strategies.

    Grier is a CPA and prior to joining The Walt Disney Company in 1981, he worked for Ernst and Young. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania.

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    Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

    Great they put an Accountant in charge of Disneyland! Looks like Disneyland is making a U-Turn back to the Pressler days.

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        Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

        Welcome to the DLR!
        Last edited by A Disney Dreamer; 07-25-2006, 10:05 AM.

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          Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

          Reading his statement, he's seems pretty trustworthy

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            Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

            I agree.

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              Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

              I think now is the time for our Merlin Jones to pull out his open letter. No honeymoon period.
              And anyone else with a wish list can chime in as well. Ideas published on an internet forum board no longer are the property of the owner.

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                Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                FYI, from the Starwood press release:


                Ouimet joined The Walt Disney Company in 1989 and began his career there in a variety of finance and business development roles. Rising quickly in the ranks, Ouimet ultimately led four separate business endeavors for Disney. During his tenure with Disney, Ouimet served as Executive General Manager of Disney's Vacation Club; President of Disney's Cruise Line and, of course, most recently President of the Disneyland Resort, where he oversaw two theme parks and three hotels with 20,000 employees. Ouimet earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in accounting from State University of New York at Binghamton.
                Hunh, whoda thunk?

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                  Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                  If Disney had hired an outside CPA team to run Disneyland, then I would be worried. But have you ever heard anyone say Oriental Land Company was cheap or their park was in bad shape? I am glad Disney brought this guy over from Japan, rather than make the mistake of brining in outside CPA people or brining in someone from Burbank to run the park. Remember, John Lassetter does visit the park at least several times per month. Two weeks ago I saw John Lassetter in the sub lagoon with a hardhat on, pointing at the new building and talking to the construction crew. If Disneyland goes to pot again, John Lassetter would not stand for it, and would use his money and stock to do something to fix it. So I highly doubt Disneyland would go to pot again with John Lassetter around.

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                    Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                    Originally posted by SuperDisneyDad
                    Great they put an Accountant in charge of Disneyland! Looks like Disneyland is making a U-Turn back to the Pressler days.
                    Hey, Matt Ouimet has an accounting background too. (Accounting B.S. from SUNY Binghamton)
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                      Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                      Originally posted by KevinYee
                      Hey, Matt Ouimet has an accounting background too. (Accounting B.S. from SUNY Binghamton)
                      See, CPA's are good people too!

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                        Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                        Originally posted by KevinYee
                        Hey, Matt Ouimet has an accounting background too. (Accounting B.S. from SUNY Binghamton)
                        Good Point. Thank you for pointing that out.
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                          Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                          Originally posted by KevinYee
                          Hey, Matt Ouimet has an accounting background too. (Accounting B.S. from SUNY Binghamton)
                          Beat ya!

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                            Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                            Well, I am very sad to see Matt go. I especially liked his approchability and was actually able to talk to him on a few occasions and he seemed to really care and listen and pay attention to what people said - unlike some other people who have been in his position.

                            All I can say is, I hope that Ed has the same type of vision and the same approach to taking care of Disneyland that Matt had. If he does, Disneyland will only get better.

                            If he doesn't....
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                              Re: Disney Veteran Ed Grier Named President of the Disneyland Resort - Press Release

                              Originally posted by cellarhound
                              It's OK... I noticed you changed it... I am sorry it was too late for me to say something other than I did to you about it...
                              I'm taking care of it

                              Anyways, going back to topic, I hope Grier tries to fix up Tomorrowland while the Subs open.

                              I hope the PM (People Mover) also comes to the resort because Matt has promised he wanted something up there on the tracks by 2010.

                              Well, he's not in charge anymore, so maybe those plans have been scraped - I hope not
                              Last edited by A Disney Dreamer; 07-25-2006, 10:44 AM.

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