Disney: Djuan Rivers, VP of Animal Kingdom, retiring

From Orlando Sentinel

Djuan Rivers, vice president for Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, is retiring, Walt Disney World has confirmed. He has been with the company for 30 years and in charge of Animal Kingdom since 2014.

Among the other Disney positions he has held include vice president for hotels and business solutions at Disneyland Paris; vice president of Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii; vice president of Downtown Disney; vice president for new business development for Disney Parks; and general manager of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Pandora — The World of Avatar was completed at Animal Kingdom under Rivers’ watch.

“I am moving to Paris to start chapter 2 of my life, which will involve exploring the world full time,” Rivers said in a Facebook post Wednesday. He is known for his world travels, having been to more than 70 countries. (His Instagram account, in fact, is @djuanworldtraveler.) Rivers is an Orlando native and a graduate of West Orange High School and Emory University in Atlanta.

“I don’t know all of his next adventures, but for someone who has already run a marathon in Antarctica and done a high altitude-low open parachute jump over Mount Everest … I’m sure it’s going to be impressive,” former Imagineer Joe Rohde wrote on his Instagram account.

Rohde, one of the masterminds behind Animal Kingdom, recently retired from the company. In December, Jim MacPhee, senior vice president for operations of Walt Disney World, announced he will retire in spring 2021 after a four-decade run with the company.

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