Disney honors four retired leaders with a window on Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom

20 days ago in "Main Street, U.S.A."

Academy of Talent Education and Training window
Posted: Monday September 6, 2021 8:17am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has honored four retired Walt Disney World leaders in a new window on Main Street U.S.A.

It isn't often that a new window is placed on Main Street U.S.A., but in mid-August, four recently retired leaders: Phil Holmes, Trevor Larsen, Jim MacPhee, and Djuan Rivers joined some of the most notable names in Walt Disney World's 50-year history.

The window can be found above Disney Clothiers on the left side of Main Street U.S.A. as you enter the park. "Academy of Talent Education & Training" is the business title. The faculty list displays each leader's name and one of the aspects of their careers that they have been recognized for. The overarching theme is "Inspiring Success for a New Century."

Former VP of nearly every Walt Disney World theme park, Phil Holmes, is recognized for Operational Excellence. Trevor Larsen, former vice president of Facilities and Operations Services, is recognized for "Engineering Leadership." Former EPCOT VP and lead on MyMagic+ Jim MacPhee for "Talent Development," and finally former Animal Kingdom VP Djuan Rivers for "International Operations," where he launched Aulani.

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RSoxNo117 days ago

Wouldn't Djuan's make more sense in DAK?

DisneyExpert17 days ago

Holmes got a window? Is this real life? Really glad to see Djuan up there, though!

Surfin' Tuna17 days ago

The windows really used to be a hallowed spot I thought. It was fun to stroll, take some slow time, and read the names. This like so many things in the parks has just gotten cheapened to the level of a participation trophy.

RSoxNo118 days ago

How about a painting in Fantasyland?

HauntedPirate18 days ago

Rising to the level of one's incompetence is not something to be celebrated. If he had a positive impact on the theme parks, I'm not aware of what it may have been.

TrainChasers18 days ago

Where is Joe’s window?

Brian18 days ago

I'd take that in lieu of half of the stuff they announced for the 50th. Very true, but the standard for Main Street windows tended (in part) to be the person being a well-liked and respected leader at all levels (or a big creative type). Phil was neither. Cast routinely complained of his style and demeanor, and not just the front liners. Djuan is a great choice. Never met him in my time, but heard nothing but great things about him.

Lilofan18 days ago

A Disney lifer that started with the company as a teenager and rose up to be a VP of a theme park? Looks like he progressed well up the food chain.

TikibirdLand18 days ago

Wow. Tough crowd!

HauntedPirate19 days ago

Oddly enough, a garbage can was one of the places I thought would be appropriate for his name to be ”honored”.

lazyboy97o19 days ago

Since he’s got a window now can they trash the portrait?

HauntedPirate19 days ago

A window is not exactly where I would have put Phil Holmes’ name…

UNCgolf20 days ago

They should send whoever designed this window over to the Jungle Cruise to fix whatever's going on there. It actually looks good and period appropriate.

JIMINYCR20 days ago

Every trip we take I spend time walking up and down Main Street viewing the windows paying respect to various Disney honorees. Its a nice detail that is placed in plain sight but many guests walk by without knowing what and who they represent... if they even ever notice them.