Orange County Business Journal

New President for Disneyland Resort; Kalogridis to Florida

Kari Hamanaka Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. announced the appointment of Michael Colglazier to president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, effective Feb. 1.

Colglazier will replace George Kalogridis, who is set to become president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The Disneyland Resort is made up of the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment district.

Kalogridis was named president of the Disneyland Resort in 2009 and is credited with the completion of the $1.5 billion expansion and makeover of the Resort’s California Adventure park. The project was capped in June with the opening of the 12-acre Cars Land, which is themed off the Pixar Animation Studios movie Cars.

He was named Business Person of the Year in the tourism industry for 2012 in this week’s print edition of the Orange County Business Journal.

Colglazier joins the Disneyland Resort after leading Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida, where he oversaw the planning behind a land that will be based off the movie Avatar.

The executive changes come as Meg Crofton takes on the role as president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations for the U.S. and France. Crofton had also been serving as president of the Walt Disney World Resort since July 2011.