Disney's Animal Kingdom VP Djuan Rivers to retire

5 days ago in "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

Djuan Rivers, vice president Disney's Animal Kingdom is retiring after a 30 year career with the Walt Disney Company.

Prior to taking on the role at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2014, Djuan has previously served as the general manager of Aulani, and as a vice president, Hotels and Business Solutions at Disneyland Paris.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World, he had served as general manager of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and vice president, Downtown Disney.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, he oversaw the opening of Pandora - The World of AVATAR, and most recently the reopening of the park following the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Article Posted: Jan 14, 2021 / 10:25am ET
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EagleScout6101 day ago

That was his leave of absence he just never returned from

RSoxNo11 day ago

Is it 2007 already?

UNCgolf2 days ago

I doubt it will be very soon because I don't think they want to spend that kind of money at the moment. But I do think the days of Animal Kingdom being mostly thematically consistent (Chester and Hester arguably excluded) will end eventually. While I'm not sure Zootopia will ever be on the table, I expect to see additions that are only tangentially connected to animals/nature at best. Unless Disney has new management with a different outlook by the time they're ready to ramp up CapEx again.

EagleScout6102 days ago

Up next: The yeti is retiring

pdude812 days ago

I wouldn't get too worried yet, guys. It's not like the President of Animal Kingdom is retiring

Lilofan4 days ago

Great for Djuan.He commented that he is moving to Paris to pursue being a world traveler. With him visiting 60 countries from his Instagram account , his new adventures will add more to his bucket list.

Notes from Neverland5 days ago

Retiring can be contagious. It's not uncommon to see multiple retirement-aged folks leave after one does.

dreamfinder5 days ago

Yeah, but that means nothing. Alot of time execs will be offered a hefty package to "retire". That package costs the company less by dropping compensation and lets them replace the exec with someone younger who earns less. Or not replace them at all and merge job roles elsewhere.

HauntedPirate5 days ago

Splash retheme cancellation confirmed!!! 😂 (Wishful thinking, I know)

the.dreamfinder5 days ago

Maybe, maybe not. They’re not going to spend money unless they have to.

TrainChasers5 days ago

He’s 56. I’m going to guess that DAK is about to get “more Disney” very soon.

Magicart875 days ago

Anyone else retires and the furries will win. Don't let it happen Disney! #Nahtazutopia

PolynesianPrincess5 days ago

Seems like LOTS of retiring happening these days... Wouldn't be surprised if he was ushered out....

JohnD5 days ago

"Djuan Rivers, vice president Disney's Animal Kingdom is retiring after a 30 year career with the Walt Disney Company."