Head of US and Paris Disney Theme Parks Leaves Company

Catherine Powell, President of Disney Parks West which incorporates the US parks and Disneyland Paris, has left the company and her post will be eliminated. It is rumored that she was removed from her post due to the lack of visitors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Powell was credited with reinvigorating the company’s two Paris parks with new attractions. She also worked in Disney’s TV division earlier in her career.

Her position has been eliminated, and the heads of the individual resorts will now report directly to Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products division.

Disney, the world’s largest theme-park operator, unveiled two of its largest resort expansions ever this year. The $1 billion, “Star Wars”-themed Galaxy’s Edge opened at the company’s original Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California, in May. A second attraction opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Florida, in August.

In addition, hotels in Anaheim raised prices in anticipation the opening, and Disney opened Galaxy’s Edge with only one of its two big rides in operation. “That said, guest satisfaction interest in the attractions in the land is extremely high,” Iger said.

With the role of Disney Parks West eliminated, the heads of each respective park will report directly to Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products division.