New Disney World President Named

Orlando, Fla. -- Meg Gilbert Crofton, a 27-year Disney veteran, has been promoted to president of the Walt Disney World Resort here.

"The combination of Meg's leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of the company's operations and her incredible passion for our cast members (employees) and the guest experience make her the right leader of the Walt Disney World Resort," Al Weiss, president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said yesterday in announcing Croft's promotion. Crofton succeeds and reports to Weiss.

Crofton most recently served for four years as executive vice president of human resources for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, with responsibilities covering 99,000 employees at 11 theme parks globally.

In addition to increasingly more responsible roles in human resources, Crofton has also served in several other executive Disney positions. She led the task force that opened 10 hotels at Disney World and the task force that was responsible for the 1992 opening of Disneyland Resort Paris.

Disney World Resort employs nearly 58,000 people and encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, 18 hotels, five vacation club resorts, and seven golf courses.