Theme parks, region flourished during his tenure
There are no airports named for Michael Eisner in Central Florida. No major roadways or subdivisions. But the outgoing chief of the Walt Disney Co. has left his mark.
For better or worse, many community leaders say, the area was shaped by the ego and ambition of the company's long-serving chief executive.
As the top boss at Walt Disney Co. since 1984, Eisner made the critical calls in California that molded much of the economy and culture of Orlando and indeed all of Florida during the past two decades, a range of leaders say.
"He made the big decisions," said Linda Chapin, former Orange County chairman, now serving as director of the Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies at the University of Central Florida.
Disney during Eisner's tenure pumped billions of dollars into capital construction in Central Florida with two new theme parks, thousands of hotel rooms and time-share resorts. The building boom created tens of thousands of jobs at what would become the nation's largest single site employer -- Walt Disney World Resort.