Building Disneyland Magic with Disney Legend Jim Cora

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    Sat, Apr 14 | 3pm
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    $30 members | $25 student and youth members | $40 non-members | $35 student and youth non-members
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Walt Disney had a host of dedicated employees who helped him make his dreams for Disneyland a success, and few were more devoted than Jim Cora. Beginning as an attractions host in 1957, Cora would go on to expand Walt’s vision for what would become Walt Disney World Resort, and then take it international with the opening of the first overseas Park, Tokyo Disneyland. Join us as Cora shares his experiences working for the Disney parks, including his early beginnings under Walt’s leadership and then in his management roles as Vice President of Walt Disney Productions Japan, Ltd., President and Chairman of Disney International. This talk is moderated by Doug Lipp, part of the Tokyo Disneyland start-up team, international consultant, and author of Disney U.

About the Speakers

Jim Cora

Jim Cora retired as Chairman of Disneyland International in 2001 after a career with The Walt Disney Company spanning over 43 years. Originally employed as a Cast Member in 1957 at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, he held numerous supervisory and managerial positions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. In 1979, Cora assumed the position of Managing Director of Operations for the Tokyo Disneyland Project. In this capacity, he directed all operations, planning, management, and training for Tokyo Disneyland Park. In preparation for the Tokyo Disneyland opening, he was promoted to Vice President of Walt Disney Productions Japan, Ltd. He relocated to Japan in 1982 where he oversaw Disney’s operational and design standards. In 1983, Cora returned to California and assumed the position of Executive Vice President of Disneyland, Inc. (subsequently renamed Disneyland International). In that capacity, Cora was responsible for overseeing the operational planning for the Euro Disneyland project in France and directed the strategic and creative development of the new Disney park in Japan, Tokyo DisneySea, as President. In 1999, Cora was promoted to Chairman of Disneyland International, where he continued his leadership direction by focusing on strategic planning and development to ensure the growth and success of the Tokyo Disney Resort. He remained in this role until his retirement in December 2001. Cora was named a Disney Legend in 2015 and continues to consult with The Walt Disney Company.

Doug Lipp

Doug Lipp is an international keynote speaker, author, and consultant on service and leadership, change and creativity, and global competitiveness. Lipp’s career with Disney began at the Disney University at Disneyland. Fluent in Japanese, he was on the start-up team for Tokyo Disneyland, as part of the  Imagineering and Disney University teams. Lipp was then assigned to The Walt Disney Studios where he led the Disney University training team. After leaving Disney, Lipp co-developed the Intercultural Relations Institute, a Palo Alto consulting firm helping multinational corporations overcome the intercultural challenges that derail many international mergers. Lipp launched in 1993 when he was invited to provide service and leadership training for several major companies. Since then, Lipp has given more than 2,000 keynotes presentations to more than 500,000 audience members, including many in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Lipp is the author of eight books on leadership, customer service and international business.



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Building Disneyland Magic with Disney Legend Jim Cora
  • $30 members | $25 student and youth members | $40 non-members | $35 student and youth non-members
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