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News Release -
Jim Cora, Chairman of Disneyland International, Retires After 43 Years of Service
BURBANK, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2001--After an
incredible 43-year career with The Walt Disney Company, Jim Cora,
chairman of Disneyland International and a Disney theme park veteran,
has decided to retire in mid December, it was announced today by Paul
Pressler, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Cora, 63, was hired in 1958 as an hourly Cast Member at
Disneyland, just three years after the park's opening. Over the next
20 years, Cora held positions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney
World in supervisory and managerial roles with increasing
In 1979, he was named director of operations for the Tokyo
Disneyland project, beginning a role that would later define his
In 1982, Cora was promoted to vice president, Walt Disney
Productions Japan, and relocated to Tokyo, where he was instrumental
in providing ongoing support and advice to Oriental Land Company Ltd.,
owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Between 1982 and 1992, Cora worked on master planning and site
research for Disneyland Paris, eventually becoming executive vice
president and chief operating officer of Disneyland Paris.
In 1992, Cora was named president of Disneyland International,
with responsibility for the development and creative direction of
Tokyo Disneyland, as well as the development of Tokyo DisneySea, which
opened Sept. 4, 2001.
In 1999, Cora was promoted to his current position as chairman of
``Throughout his career, Jim has played a key role in the
development or operation of our Disney parks in Anaheim, Orlando,
Tokyo and Paris,'' said Pressler. ``And, while his legacy to this
Company will be his work on the development of the Tokyo Disney Resort
-- which today boasts the highest attendance of any theme park
worldwide -- we will also remember Jim for his wisdom, experience and
Michael D. Eisner, chairman and chief executive officer of The
Walt Disney Company, commented: ``Jim is one of the few privileged Cast
Members at our Company to have worked with our founder, Walt Disney.
Over the course of his career, Jim has carried forward Walt's passion
for an expertly run operation and has taught hundreds of Cast Members
around the world the Disney ideals of Guest service and excellence. I
know I speak for all of us at Disney when I thank Jim for his
unwavering leadership and commitment.''
Toshio Kagami, president of Oriental Land Company Ltd., owner of
the Tokyo Disney Resort, said: ``Throughout the years, Jim has been an
incredible partner and teacher, as well as a good friend. Although we
wish him well, we will miss his leadership and counsel.''
Disneyland International was responsible for the start up of
Disneyland Paris and is directly responsible for the Disney support of
and coordination with Oriental Land Company in matters regarding the
operation of Tokyo Disney Resort.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Leslie Goodman, 818/460-5396