Operations at Disneyland, the granddaddy and cornerstone of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is being placed into the hands of Michael O’Grattan, currently vice president of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Following a report earlier today on Chad Emerson’s Theme Law blog, Disney officials confirmed that O’Grattan is returning to Disneyland, where his career began in 1972, to be the next head of operations there.
Also confirmed: that Rilous Carter, general manager of Epcot Food & Beverage, will succeed O’Grattan in running Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Carter (at left) began his Disney career in 1997 as a manager in food and beverage operations. He spent five years as resort general manager at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, as well as Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Earlier in his career Carter held a number of hotel management positions, most recently as an assistant general manager at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, a major downtown-Cleveland landmark hotel.
At Disneyland, O’Grattan replaces Greg Emmer, who was senior vice president of operations at Disneyland until he retired earlier this year.
O’Grattan’s Disney career has focused largely on entertainment. In the past year he has overseen a makeover of the 19-year-old Orlando Disney studios park, which was renamed from Disney-MGM Studios. With the name change has come a slight change in the park’s theme, broadening more into pop culture, with fresh entertainment, a new Toy Story Mania! dark ride due to open this spring, and a new American Idol! theme park show attraction set to open in the fall.