That's the main argument right there. Two Exec VPs and one Sr VP creatively manage two small parks and three hotels in Anaheim. But two Sr VPs creatively manage two enormous parks and two moderate parks and over a dozen hotels in Orlando? What's wrong with this picture? Why would Disney keep all three execs overseeing such a small resort for the long haul? Given the enormity of WDW which has been managed by only two Sr VPs for the past several years, Anaheim's situation seems like overkill.More to the point, just look at WDW. Eric Jacobson is the WDW portfolio leader for THREE parks, as well as much of the resort. He's the one running lead on the Animation Hotel, as far as I know too. The only park not under his auspices is DAK, where nothing has been happening, and he is instead hanging out in Oahu finishing Disney's new Aulani Resort.
Weis will be moving over to the Shanghai project soon, leaving Fitzgerald in charge of the DCA expansion and the DLH renovation and supervising Baxter's management of DL.
If Disney (or Tony) fully intended to keep Baxter at the creative helm of Disneyland for years to come... then why was Tom Fitzgerald moved from Paris to Anaheim to oversee the entire Disneyland Resort, making him Tony's immediate boss? Why does a Senior Vice President with 40 years at Imagineering need to be supervised by someone with less experience?
It was the relocation of Fitzgerald to Anaheim earlier this year that made me think twice about Baxter's longevity with Imagineering. I just don't see Tony remaining much longer, not with Tom Fitzgerald at the helm. What I do see happening in the near future, however, is Tom Fitzgerald overseeing the entire DL Resort by himself.
No Bob Weis. No Tony Baxter. Just Tom Fitzgerald.