For five months now, I've been tirelessly searching for proof of the existence of Ed Grier. I've seen his name in press releases and his picture at media events, but I've never actually seen him. In fact, I don't personally know any guest who's had a "Grier sighting," as was common with the previous president of Disneyland, the ultra-visible Matt Ouimet.
Cast members, too, don't see nearly as much of him, outside of scripted appointments—giving a speech at a press event or community outreach, accompanying an Imagineer or executive to the Finding Nemo
submarine attraction construction site, smiling at the Christmas party. His personality and thoughts have been equally absent from his quotes in newspaper articles, which no doubt were crafted by cagey P.R. staffers.
So it was with wild glee that yesterday morning I opened the business section of The Orange County Register
to discover that reporter Andrew Galvin had bagged the big prize: an exclusive interview with Grier himself! Finally, I was going to get to learn a little bit about what this man was like, what he had to bring to Disneyland, what issues he was looking to address, and what his plans were for the future.