Dan Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of The Magic Kingdom, a part of The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.
Mr. Cockerell started his career parking cars at the resort and worked his way to leading the iconic park. Upon retirement, he and his wife started a consultancy and authored the book “How’s Culture in your Kingdom”
Here, Al Getler discusses the book with Mr. Cockerell and his career at Disney.
Upon graduation from Boston University in 1991, Dan moved to Florida and worked as a parking attendant at Disney’s Epcot Center. Dan joined the Disneyland Paris Management Trainee Program as part of the opening team and moved to France in 1992.
While working in Paris, Dan held various management positions in Parking, Ticketing, Guest Relations, Food & Beverages and Human Resources.
After spending 5 years in France, Dan relocated to Florida and held a variety of executive roles at the Walt Disney World Resort. Dan worked in theme parks and resort hotels. Dan was Vice President of Epcot, Vice president of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Vice President of the Magic Kingdom. There he led 12,000 cast members and entertained over 20 million guests annually.
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