Monday, October 5, 2009

"Now it's time to say good-bye.." to another Disney emp-ploy-ee

Word has come in that Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier is stepping down, er retiring. Is this really a retirement or is Iger forcing another successful hand? I only speculate because while attendance numbers for the resort have been down, that's true across the board for every theme park. Although, while visiting the resort on Labor Day weekend, I was shocked to see that our longest wait of the day was listed as 30 minutes. I can remember as a Cast Member that any holiday weekend was not a time you wanted to come as a Guest. You would be looking at 60-90 minute waits for a popular attraction like The Indiana Jones Adventure or Space Mountain. And as we've seen with the firing of Dick Cook a few weeks ago, and Universal's top exec's being let go today; a bad year erases all the other good years. Since Ed has come to DLR he has had some of the most successful summers to date. While the past couple of years have proved that nothing is recession proof, even with attendance lower than average, Guest satisfaction seemed to still be doing well. Although profits were down, which is the bottom line. So far there is no word about a replacement just yet, but I know some Universal Studios execs who are out of a job since this morning. I'm just sayin'…

Here is Ed's letter to Cast Member's that we got our hands on just a little while ago:

From: WDPR Communication [mailto:WDPR.Communication@disney.com]
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 12:00 PM
Subject: A Message from Ed Grier: Thank you

Dear Fellow Cast Members,

Here at the Disneyland Resort, I have had the pleasure of leading a talented and dedicated Cast. I have been humbled and honored during the past three years as I’ve watched your hard work create smiles and laughter, and delight our Guests. The power of Disney magic never ceases to amaze me, and your passion will always be a source of inspiration.

My decision to retire from the Walt Disney Company was not an easy decision; Disney has been my home for nearly three decades. As with any family, I’ve watched it grow and evolve. The past year also has been a time for growth and change in my own family.

One defining moment came when my wife and I moved our youngest son into his dorm at Stanford this fall. It was an opportunity to reflect on the past, and consider the next chapter of our own lives. I have had a long and rewarding career with the Walt Disney Company, and am excited to explore what’s next.

Disney has taken my family on an extraordinary ride around the world - from Orlando to Paris, Tokyo and Anaheim - and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

While I look forward to the opportunities ahead, I will greatly miss the many friends and Cast Members I have met along the way. Thank you for the enthusiasm, energy and encouragement you have always provided. It has been my pleasure and privilege to be part of your team.



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