Djuan Rivers has been vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park since September 2014, where he leads a cast of more than 5,000 creating one-of-a-kind Disney experiences for millions of guests every year. Under his leadership, the theme park recently underwent the largest expansion in its 17-year history including the opening of Pandora—The World of Avatar on May 27, 2017. This new 12-acre, highly interactive land takes guests to a world 4.4 light years from earth, and may be the most detailed and closely themed land ever constructed in a Disney park.
Prior to coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Rivers was the Vice President, Hotels and Conventions at Disneyland Paris. In that position, he was responsible for defining and implementing the strategy necessary to achieve the objectives of the Hotels division while also enhancing products and services. With more than 25 years of leadership experience, Djuan started his Disney Management career on the opening team of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in 1988. Since that time, he has assisted with the opening of six resorts in Florida, three resorts at Disneyland Paris and the first Disney vacation destination in Hawaii.
For the full article, pick up the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of ONYX.