Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with Dan Cockerell, Fmr Director of the Park
WHAT I DID: Disney’s Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is the largest and most popular theme park in the world with more than 20 million guests each year. As Vice President, I lead a team of 12,000 cast members and was responsible for daily operations. In addition to overseeing operations, I worked on annual financial planning and long-term master planning for the Magic Kingdom.
WHY IT WORKED: My success in this position stemmed from my focus on creating personal connections and developing authentic relationships with other cast members. I maintained a strategic mindset for future growth which helped facilitate continuous improvement for the park.
WHO I WORKED WITH: As the Vice President of Magic Kingdom, I worked closely with:
Safety and Security Department
Consumer Research Team
SERVICES I PROVIDED:
Keynote Speaker for Disney Institute
Leadership Development Program
The Walt Disney World Resort, also called Walt Disney World and Disney World, is an entertainment resort complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, near the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee. Opened on October 1, 1971, the resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a division of The Walt Disney Company. It was first operated by the Walt Disney World Company. The property covers nearly 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2), of which half has been used. The resort comprises of four theme parks (consisting of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), two water parks, 27 themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs.