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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the segment of The Walt Disney Company that conceives, builds, and manages the company's theme parks and holiday resorts, as well as a variety of additional family-oriented leisure enterprises. It is one of four major business segments of the company, the other three being Consumer Products, Media Networks, and Studio Entertainment.

The Parks and Resorts division was founded in 1971 as Walt Disney Attractions when Disney's second theme park, the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, opened, joining the original Disneyland in California. The chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is Thomas O. Staggs, formerly the Senior Executive Vice President and CFO. Staggs reports to Disney CEO Robert Iger.


Disney resorts

Disneyland Resort

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Disneyland was founded as a single park by Walt Disney on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California.

In 2001, the area was officially named the Disneyland Resort with the opening of Disney's California Adventure Park, two new resort hotels and the Downtown Disney retail, dining and entertainment district. The resort occupies 500 acres (2.0 km2), listed below, and are divided into parks, shopping centers, and resorts:


Shopping centers:


Walt Disney World Resort

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The Walt Disney World Resort originally opened on Oct. 1, 1971, with the Magic Kingdom and three resort hotels. Today it is the largest vacation resort and most popular tourist destination in the world,[citation needed] with four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment complex, 20 resort hotels, eight golf courses, and miles of recreational activities.

Theme parks:

Water parks:

Other parks:

Shopping and entertainment complex:


Tokyo Disney Resort

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Tokyo Disney Resort, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, opened April 15, 1983. On Sept. 4, 2001, the resort expanded with Tokyo DisneySea. There are several resort hotels on site, but only three are actually owned by the resort, which boasts the largest parking structure in the world. Tokyo Disney Resort is fully owned and operated by The Oriental Land Company and is licensed by the Walt Disney Company. The resort was built by Walt Disney Imagineering, and Disney maintains a degree of control; Nick Franklin leads the Walt Disney Attractions Japan team at the Walt Disney Company, which communicates with the Oriental Land Company over all aspects of the Resort, and assigns Imagineers to the Resort. Its properties, listed below, are divided into parks, shopping centers, and resorts:


Shopping centers:

  • Ikspiari shopping, dining and entertainment complex


Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris, Disney's second resort complex outside the United States, opened April 12, 1992, as Euro Disney Resort. Located in Marne-la-Vallée in the suburbs of Paris, France, it features two theme parks, a golf course, an entertainment complex and six Disney resort hotels. It is maintained and managed by Euro Disney S.C.A., a company partially owned by the Walt Disney Company whose stock is traded on Euronext. Its properties sit on 4,940 acres (20.0 km2), listed below, and are divided into parks, shopping centers, and resorts:


Other parks:

Shopping centers:


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort logo

Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney's fifth resort and its second in Asia, opened September 12, 2005. The resort is located in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Currently, the resort consists of one theme park and two hotels, with land reserved for future expansion. It is owned and operated by Hong Kong International Theme Parks, an incorporated company jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and the Government of Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort sits on 320 acres (1.3 km2).


Other parks:


Shanghai Disneyland Resort

In November 2009, Disney received approval from the central government of China to build a Disney theme park in the Pudong district of Shanghai. "China is one of the most dynamic, exciting and important countries in the world and this approval marks a very significant milestone for Walt Disney Co in mainland China," said Robert Iger, president and CEO of Disney.[1] The resort is expected to open in 2014.

Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Cruise Line was formed in 1995; its two ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, began operation in 1998 and 1999, respectively, and were designed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. Both ships offer three-, four- and seven-night Caribbean cruises, each with a stop at Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Two additional ships will join Disney's fleet in 2011 and 2012.


Other ventures

Abandoned concepts

Disney reportedly had plans to build a park named Disney's America. The park was to have been located in Haymarket, Virginia, but local opposition to the idea appears to have persuaded Disney not to go forward with it in 1994.[2]

Before Disney's California Adventure, Disney originally had announced plans for a West Coast version of Epcot, WestCOT, which was deemed too ambitious after the rocky financial performance of Euro Disney in France as well as protests by residents of Anaheim. Another concept for a Disney park in California was Disneysea, a contrasting park to Disneyland, to be built in Long Beach next to the RMS Queen Mary which Disney owned at the time. The park was to have led to a permanent West Coast ship in the Disney Cruise Line, which would dock at the park. The concept, although quickly scrapped, inspired the Imagineers to create Tokyo DisneySea, which has recently been deemed the second best-loved Disney park in the world, after Disneyland. Tokyo DisneySea is currently open at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Disney-MGM Studios Europe was intended to be a European copy of the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Florida, to have opened in 1996 at the Euro Disney Resort Paris (now Disneyland Resort Paris). Imagineers had been working on plans for six months before they were told to stop by management after the resort was drastically underperforming financially. The Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002 after the resort started to make a profit, though was ultimately very different from the original plans for Disney-MGM Studios Europe

Future properties

Asian & European projects

Both Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Resort Paris have room for future expansion.[3]

Until June 2009, the Walt Disney Company was negotiating with the Hong Kong Government in funding the Phase 1 Expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland. The expansion includes three additional theme lands to the park, which are expected to complete latest in 2013, one year prior to the opening of rumored Shanghai Disneyland Resort. A number of thrilling rides have already been chosen in order to satisfy the market of the young adults and teenagers. It is reported that the preparation work for the construction has been finished and the park is ready to start the project once it has granted permission from the government. However, according to Bill Ernest, the company is still considering the detail terms, including the means of funding, with the government. The company is looking forward to reaching an agreement in 2009 so that the first theme land can be open in 2011 (during the 5th anniversary celebration of the Hong Kong park).

On May 7, 2009, John Tsang, the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, admitted that both the Hong Kong Government and the Walt Disney Company have reached the basic agreement of the Phase 1 expansion and he is optimistic that the deal will be finalized shortly.

On June 30, 2009, Rita Lau, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong, announced the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland that have been approved by the Executive Council. The park will feature a total of seven themed areas after the completion of all the new theme lands. Later on July 10, 2009, the Legislative Council in Hong Kong approved the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland. The park will receive three new theme lands, which are Grizzly Trail, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land. Construction may begin in late 2009 and will take 5 years to be built.

In July 2009 the company was rumored to have been approached by the Dubailand executives to build a theme park in their mega-resort.

In November 2009, Disney received approval from the Chinese government to build a Disneyland resort in the Pudong district of Shanghai.[4] The resort is expected to open in 2014.

American projects

Disney has made no announcements regarding plans for another American theme park and CEO Robert Iger frequently has cited international expansion as one of the company's three strategic priorities.[5]

The only site that is extremely short on land is Disneyland Resort in California. Although the company has acquired enough real estate to build a potential third theme park on a former strawberry farm near the existing resort, Robert Iger has stated that the company's focus in Anaheim is to improve its second park, Disney's California Adventure, before building a third. The strawberry fields were purchased in 2004 for $99.9 million with a requirement to harvest them until 2009. The remainder of the original Disneyland parking lot, southeast of Disney's California Adventure, was designated as a future growth space for the park. Since the park's opening in 2001, three small projects have been built into that space (A Bug's Land, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and a backstage warehouse) while a third, much larger project known as Cars Land is planned to be built into that space in the coming years.

In October 2007, Disney announced plans to build a resort at Ko Olina Resort & Marina in Kapolei, Hawaii, featuring both a hotel and Disney Vacation Club timeshare units. Scheduled to open in 2011, the 800-unit property will join the other resorts not associated with a theme park, such as Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina.[6]

In December 2009, Disney officially announced that the Disneyland Resort will add a new E ticket attraction in Frontierland that will be built upon the grounds of the new "Mickey's Bar-B-Que".[citation needed]


1950s and 1960s

1970s and 1980s



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Executive Management

  • Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts - Thomas O. Staggs
    • President of Worldwide Operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts - Al Weiss
      • President, Disneyland Resort - George Kalogridis
        • Senior Vice President of Operations, Disneyland Resort - Michael O'Grattan
          • Vice President, Disneyland Park - Jon Storbeck
          • Vice President, Disney's California Adventure Park - Mary Niven
          • Vice President, Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels - Tony Bruno
      • President, Walt Disney World Resort - Meg Crofton
        • Senior Vice President of Operations and Next Generation Experiences, Walt Disney World Resort - Jim MacPhee
        • Senior Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World Resort - George Aguel
          • Vice President, Magic Kingdom - Phil Holmes'
          • Vice President, Epcot - Dan Cockerell
          • Vice President, Disney's Hollywood Studios - Rilous Carter
          • Vice President, Disney's Animal Kingdom - Michael Colglazier
          • Vice President, Downtown Disney - Keith Bradford
          • Vice President, Resort Operations - Kevin Myers
          • Vice President, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney Water Parks - Ken Potrock
          • Vice President, Transportation Operations and Maintenance - Jim Vendur
          • Vice President, Global Promotions, Disney Destinations LLC.– Greg Albrecht
      • Chairman and CEO, Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney SCA) - Philippe Gas
        • Senior Vice President of Operations, Disneyland Paris - To Be filled upon George Kalogridis's Move
      • Chairman and CEO, Tokyo Disney Resort (Oriental Land Company) - Toshio Kagami
        • President and Chief Operations Officer, Tokyo Disney Resort (Oriental Land Company) - Kyoichiro Uenishi
        • President of Walt Disney Attractions Japan - Nick Franklin
        • Vice President and Executive Managing Director, Walt Disney Attractions Japan - Joe Schott
      • President and Managing Director, Asia, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts - Bill Ernest
        • Managing Director, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort - Andrew Kam
          • Vice President of Resort Operations, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort - Dave Vermeulen
      • President, Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations - Karl Holz
        • Senior Vice President of Operations, Disney Cruise Line - Tom Wolber
      • President, Disney Vacation Club - Jim Lewis
      • Senior Vice President, Adventures by Disney - Ed Baklor
    • Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering - Bruce Vaughn
    • Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering - Craig Russell
    • Senior Vice President of Operations Integration/line of Business - Erin Wallace
    • Senior Vice President, Conservation & Environmental Sustainability - Jerry Montgomery
    • Senior Vice President of Global Sports Enterprises - Ken Potrock
    • Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility - Kerry Chandler
    • Senior Vice President of Worldwide Travel Operations - Kevin Lansberry
    • Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion - Jayne Parker
    • Executive Vice President, Public Affairs - Leslie Goodman
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer - Jim Hunt
    • Executive Vice President, Global Marketing - Leslie Ferraro
    • Executive Vice President, International Development - Mike Crawford
    • Executive Vice President, New Business Development and Next Generation Experiences - Nick Franklin


  1. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN0352328120091104
  2. ^ "On September 28, 1994, Michael Eisner announced that Disney was cancelling its plans to build Disney's America after a bruising national media fight with Protect Historic America and aggressive local opposition in Virginia from Protect Prince William and other citizen groups." http://chotank.com/disneyrom.html
  3. ^ "Disney in talks to open theme park in Shanghai - report". AFX News Limited. 2006-02-07. http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/2006/02/07/afx2507986.html. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  4. ^ http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=452465
  5. ^ Portfolio.com, Top Executive Profiles, Robert A. Iger http://www.portfolio.com/resources/executive-profiles/39787
  6. ^ Schaefers, Allison (2007-10-04). "Aloha, Disney". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. http://starbulletin.com/2007/10/04/news/story01.html. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 

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