The last man standing seems to be the one most thought would be first to go: T Irby, the retired Army general who implemented the McKinsey-mandated changes in the Facilities department. Through last week, rumors persisted that Irby, too, had departed. Yet, as of Tuesday afternoon, Disneyland's Human Resources Department insisted that Irby was “currently actively employed” by the company.
Despite Irby's employment status (his departure possibly postponed to distance it from the Big Thunder incident?), he's badly outranked by many of the newly transferred executives.
Irby has lost oversight of Attractions (and many other operations) to the likes of Greg Emmer. Said one Disney World old-timer who has known Emmer since his first tour at Disneyland 30 years ago:
“Greg will be a real asset to Disneyland. He worked his way up from the parking lot to the Executive Suite. When it comes to running the Park, he is in my words, Un-Horsesh*ttable—that is to say he knows what he's doing and what's important. If given the backing, he'll put the proper emphasis on guests, profits, and employees (cast). He is truly someone who has earned the right to lead.”
The bad news is that caveat: if given the backing
. The resignation letters from departing directors Roy Disney and Stanley Gold show that disappointment in Disney isn't confined to maintenance workers in Anaheim or us kooks on the Internet. The criticisms are founded—and point all the way to the top.
To matter, any changes instituted by the new TDA will require the blessing of the Big Cheese. If they don't happen, you now know whom to blame.