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Gay Man Becomes President of Walt Disney World

George Kalogridis, who started bussing tables at Walt Disney World in August 1971, this week rose to the position of president, becoming Central Florida's most powerful gay man, Watermark reports:

KalogridisAccording to his official Walt Disney World bio, Kalogridis, 59, has been with the company for 41 years. He comes to his new role in Lake Buena Vista from Disneyland Resort, where he has served as president since 2009. Kalogridis’ job titles also include CEO for Disney Resort Paris, vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and vice president of Epcot.

Kalogridis is a sociology graduate from UCF and was born in Winter Haven. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he and his partner, Andy Hardy, have been together for 12 years. The couple plans to build a home in Golden Oak, a subdivision being developed by Disney World on the northeast corner of the resort’s property. Hardy is a finance manager with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts global entertainment, according to the Orange County (CA) Business Journal.

(Via jmg)

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  1. Oh, heheh, I thought he was still president of our Disneyland here in California. Well, congrats to the larger scope, but lesser quality empire. He was a decent enough Disneyland president. Nothing particularly noteworthy about his tenure, except he was NOT the disaster that his predecessor was.

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 5, 2013 3:02:32 PM

  2. One thing he did attract in California was a group of gay Republican "consultants". Anaheim is dominated by Republicans and Disneyland controls the city - so the local pols and their "consultants" [see former Anaheim mayors like Curt Pringle] sent in the "gays" to consult with Kalogridis about land use, etc. Mostly a very sleazy group.

    Where will these "Ken Mehlman-types" take roost next?

    Posted by: Insider | Feb 5, 2013 3:12:27 PM

  3. I suppose it's only appropriate.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 5, 2013 3:39:07 PM

  4. I wonder if when you lift the lid of the toilet in the powder room of their new house, it will play "It's a small world after all"...?

    Posted by: beef and fur | Feb 5, 2013 4:06:18 PM

  5. Ratbastard: yeah, I was going to say it makes perfect sense.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 5, 2013 6:06:46 PM

  6. Brian Brown just pissed himself.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 5, 2013 6:09:29 PM

  7. GOOFY!

    Posted by: Tinkerbell | Feb 5, 2013 7:44:05 PM

  8. Awesome to see another UCF Alum become such a HUGE success! GO KNIGHTS!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 6, 2013 12:13:20 AM

  9. It's a world of laughter, a world of tears
    It's a world of boys and a world of queers
    There's so much that we share, that it's time we're aware
    It's a small world after all

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 6, 2013 12:50:31 AM

  10. Why is this such a big deal...he isn't the only gay man in the world and I thought Disney was better than making a big deal about nothing!

    Posted by: Jessica | Feb 9, 2013 10:49:09 PM

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