Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have announced that Josh D’Amaro, an executive at Walt Disney World will take over as president of the Disneyland Resort, overseeing nearly 30,000 employees, two theme parks, Downtown Disney, and three hotels.
Josh takes over at a crucial time of expansion for the resort. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is currently under construction, a new 700-room unnamed hotel will replace ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney, a new 6,500 parking structure is currently being built, and Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure is currently being transformed into Pixar Pier.
Josh will replace Michael Colglazier who spend five years as the president of the resort. Colglazier will become president and managing director of Disney’s Asia Pacific Operation. His new position will become effective March 5, 2018.
“Michael and Josh bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their new roles and share a passion for delivering extraordinary experiences for our guests,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a prepared statement. ”They are the right leaders to bring our ambitious expansion plans to life during this period of unprecedented growth.”