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Al Weiss Announces Retirement

posted on June 22nd, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We have some news to share today regarding a key member of the Disney team. Al Weiss, former head of Walt Disney World and current President of Worldwide Operations for all of Disney Parks and Resorts, has decided to retire after almost 39 years with the company. Al started off working at Walt Disney World as a teenager and will leave his imprint on so many aspects of our business. Some of the highlights of his tenure include launching Disney Cruise Line, opening Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World and integrating worldwide park operations. Al’s official retirement date will be November 1 of this year. To learn more about Al’s announcement please click on the link below.

Letter to Cast from Al Weiss

Walt Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs shared the following statement in response to Al’s announcement:

Al Weiss has made a profound mark on Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the accomplishments and milestones that encompass his legacy are many. He spent his whole professional life with Disney, literally growing up in the company — and most notably serving as an integral part of Walt Disney World through most of its history. That experience enabled him to have a genuine appreciation for and true understanding of all that our cast do, and all that our guests expect. His relentless pursuit of excellence and his passion for the guest experience are unsurpassed, and have been an inspiration to many.

I thank Al for his decades of service and wish him well as he enters a new chapter in his life.

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Mark on June 22nd, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Al is going to be tremendously missed. I hope whoever follows him does at least as great a job as him.



Debbie from GA on June 22nd, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Wow! What an announcement!

Congratulations Al on your retirement!!! You have left an indelible mark on the Disney company!!!

Enjoy your retirement!


Evan on June 22nd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Who is replacing him?


Fred from CA on June 22nd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Wow, very unexpected.

I wish him the best. :)

Thank you for all you’ve done at The Walt Disney Company Al. 😀


Chris on June 22nd, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Thank you so much for your dedication and talents over these years, Al.

Sure hope tomorrow we get some really good news after hearing this…


Luiz from Sao Paulo on June 22nd, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thanks for everything Al!

Enjoy your retirement and all the best!


Grant on June 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 am

I remember when I used to be a cast member that I really loved the story of Al and how he worked his way up to the top of Disney theme parks. Enjoy the retirement Al!!


Tiffany on June 27th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Congratulations on the retirement! Al certainly left his mark on WDW. What a legacy!