Exciting news announced yesterday about Meg Crofton being replaced as President of Walt Disney World. Her replacement, George Kalogridis, comes from his role as President of Disneyland in California. Disneyland is a hot property right now that can't seem to do anything wrong. Compare that to WDW which can't seem to do anything right. The Blog was told previously that Crofton was very-much a player behind the closing of Pleasure Island clubs 4+ years ago.
The above move created a whole host of musical chairs lower down but we don't want to overlook a couple of them that are potentially even more important to PI fans. First of all, Ken Potrock, current Senior Vice President of Downtown Disney & Disney Sports is being moved to Sr VP of Disney Vacation Club. Potrock has presided over the current "situation" at Pleasure Island and perhaps is finally being held accountable. We remind you of the original announcement nearly 5 years ago of the clubs being closed:
And of course after the clubs closed, nothing happened on the Island. In 2011 we were finally promised Hyperion Wharf.... which also never happened:
So "highly regarded" Potrock's out. But even more exciting is his replacement as Sr VP of Downtown Disney & Disney Sports, Tom Wolber. You see, Wolber comes to Downtown Disney from Disney Cruise Lines. Everyone knows that DCL caters to kids and families and everyone knows how well they do it. But even though kids and families are their focus, they have not forsaken adults as Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney have. Each DCL ship includes an entire adult-only clubbing zone, open each evening, loaded with various bars and dance clubs. With something for everyone, Disney Cruise Line is able to charge about three times the tariff compared to competitors Carnival and Royal Caribbean, for the same length of cruise!
Yes, it appears that someone is finally is being held accountable for what happened on Pleasure Island. And we have to hope and trust that new guy Wolber will bring his successful experience quickly into play. There is absolutely no reason that Disney World adult guests should have to go to CityWalk at night!