Tuesday, October 13, 2009

From Busboy to President

So imagine it's 1971, and you're working as a busboy at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.

What if you could see in to the future... all the way to 2009.

What if you found out that in 38 years, you'd be president of the Disneyland Resort.

Well, George Kalogridis probably didn't know it back then, but that's exactly what he was destined to become.

Today it was announced that the 38-year Disney veteran and former Disneyland executive is replacing Ed Grier, who retired last week.

It's interesting to see the Disney fanboy (and girl) reaction to this hire.

Some are nervous because of Kalogridis' involvement with the Millenium Celebration at Walt Disney World. (Remember the giant wand at EPCOT?) Other are pointing to not so popular moves at Disneyland Paris while he was at the helm there. Others, thankfully, are taking a wait and see attitude.

I never understood people's passion for Disneyland until I visited the place myself. It truly is a special place, even more so than it's sister property in Florida. So I can see where people get antsy over possible changes to their favorite place.

But for now, I like the idea that a busboy can become a president.

It gives us all something to shoot for, doesn't it?

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