Promotions at WDW, first signs of reorganization

The Orlando Sentinel has some of the first details of how the newly reorganized executive levels of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will look. Erin Wallace gains more responsibility and Jim MacPhee moves up as well.

Erin Wallace, who has been the senior vice president of operations at Disney World since August 2006, moves to the new position senior vice president of operations integration/line of business for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

In her new role, Wallace will oversee a series of combined functions at Disney’s domestic parks. They include merchandise development, entertainment and imaging, attractions, lodging, animal programs and environmental initiatives.

Disney also said Thursday that it has named Dan Cockerell to run Epcot, the second-busiest of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks. Cockerell, previously a general manager in the Magic Kingdom, succeeds Jim MacPhee, who will now oversee special projects at the Orlando resort.

I knew MacPhee wouldn’t last long as the head of EPCOT. His talents will be well suited to making these special projects a success. I certainly hope that Cockerell can fill MacPhee’s shoes at EPCOT and lead it back to a place of prominence in American dreams for the future.