August 21, 2001
Burbank, CA -- Don Robinson, formerly senior vice president of Walt Disney World Operations, has been promoted to executive vice president of Hong Kong Disneyland, it was announced by Paul Pressler, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Robinson, 48, will oversee the development and operation of Disney's first Theme Park in China, Hong Kong Disneyland, scheduled to open in 2005/2006 on Lantau Island. The Hong Kong Disneyland project includes a Disneyland branded theme park, hotels, retail, dining and entertainment.
"Don is a Disney veteran with incredible depth of experience in running our theme park and resort operations," said Pressler. "We are thrilled that he has agreed to bring this base of operational knowledge and leadership to the project."
Steve Tight, senior vice president of Operations Development, will continue to drive the day-to-day development of the Hong Kong Disneyland project, reporting to Robinson.
Over the course of his 29-year Disney career, Robinson held positions of increasing responsibility in theme park operations, hotel management and food and beverage services, and also assisted in the opening of Disneyland Paris.
Most notably, Robinson ran hotel operations for the entire Walt Disney World Resort before being named to his most recent position in summer of 2000, with accountability for all 16 Walt Disney World hotels and four theme parks, as well as Walt Disney World Sports and Recreation and Downtown Disney.