Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier Retires

Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier has announced his retirement.

Grier, who is only 54 years old, has been with Disney for 28 years. His retirement letter contains some of the typical resignation boilerplate about recently seeing "growth and change" in his own family -- but aren't families always growing and changing? -- and thus deciding it's time for him to move on.

This may be good news for Disneyland and California Adventure, as unlike his predecessor, the popular Matt Ouimet, Grier was said to be something of an "invisible man" inside the parks. Grier typically visited the parks for high-profile events.

Below, a rare Ed sighting at a Disneyland tribute to Julie Andrews in the spring of 2008:

(This was a low-resolution cell phone snapshot.)

Grier's successor has not yet been appointed.


Blogger Irene said...

I guess at this point we can only hope they put someone in that position who cares about the Park like Matt did. But with Jay R. in charge of everything, I'm not getting my hopes up too high. Hopefully we won't go back to a Paul Pressler or Cynthia Harris type.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Amen to that. Pressler & Harris were such a disaster, with their penny-pinching and emphasis on retail at the expense of maintenance and investment in new attractions...

I think John Lasseter has a lot of pull, and I hope he will give good input into someone who will do an outstanding job.

Best wishes,

2:31 PM  

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