Disneyland president resigns after four years

Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2003 4:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disneyland President Cynthia Harriss resigned Tuesday, capping a four-year tenure marked by the successful expansion of some operations but the disappointing debut of California Adventure. Harriss, who said she was leaving for personal reasons, will be replaced by Matt Ouimet, a 14-year company veteran and president of the Disney Cruise Line. As president, Ouimet will oversee the two Anaheim theme parks, Downtown Disney and three resort hotels.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:24 AM
This came as a surprise to me. I have seen a lot of Cynthia-bashing but I hardly think she can be blamed for a lot of the things people are piling on her. There isn't much she could do about the post 9/11 economics and she certainly didn't have a huge influence on the design of DCA.

I thought she handled the difficult demands of the Big Thunder accident with professionalism.

Change is not always good and not always bad. Time will tell.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:41 AM
Everything I've heard about the cruise line suggests it is top-notch, and an exemplar of all that is Disney. Ouimet also has some parks experience at WDW, though on the finance/development end, not operations. On balance, looks like a good platform of experience for the job.


Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:57 AM
No surprise here. She came in on Presslers coat tails, it was only a matter of time that she'd bail once he was gone.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 6:03 AM
I'm surprised that she lasted this long after Pressler's departure! I would have thought that she'd resign immediately after he went to the Gap.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003 8:17 AM
I am surprised it took this long. I heard the samething last year after Pressler left for the GAP.
Thursday, October 16, 2003 8:59 AM
She was a nice lady who got along well with people..... and who didn't have a clue as to how to operate a theme park. She was the number one person at the Disney California resort... she has to accept the responsibility of the poor maintainence, low employee moral, lack of new attractions, and general cluttering of the park to increase its already substantial profits. She failed! Pure and simple. She should have tried harder to get those few suits above her to improve the Disneyland patron experience and she didn't. I'm glad she's gone.

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