Thomas Mazloum named Senior Vice President, Resorts and Transportation Operations at Walt Disney World

May 12, 2017 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday May 12, 2017 9:57am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World has named Thomas Mazloum new Senior Vice President, Resorts & Transportation Operations.

In his new role, Thomas will sit above each individual resort and transportation vice president.

He had previously worked at Disney as General Manager Food & Beverage and Special Events at Epcot, and hotel director at Disney Cruise Line.

Since leaving Disney in 2002, Thomas was COO of Crystal Cruise in Los Angeles.

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ford91exploderMay 15, 2017

Why remove it?, One day the trains will not run, followed by another and infrastructure will be allowed to rot in place.

asianwayMay 15, 2017

You did hear right. Back then a portion of ticket sales went to fund the monorails.

jbolen2May 15, 2017

I might have been told wrong but it seems like way back someone told me that you had to have a ticket to ride it back in the early days of wdw.

montyz81May 15, 2017

I think that is what I was trying to say, hence the reason for the suggested new names that I proposed. I think removing it will cost enough to scare the investors into keeping it around.

asianwayMay 15, 2017

Nonsense. By that logic parking at the other 3 parks should be reduced. The dvc owners now pay for a fraction of it, that's it

MisterPenguinMay 15, 2017

They mostly do. It's called charging for parking at the TTC. MK is set up so that if you're not staying at Disney resort (which charges a premium as a sort of hidden resort fee for transportation), you have to first go to the TTC. And the only way to get to the MK from the TTC is ferry or monorail. And they both need each other to handle opening and closing crowds. So, no, WDW will never charge to ride the monorail (besides already doing so in premium resort fees and TTC parking).

MisterPenguinMay 15, 2017

Maybe this is what @marni1971 was referring to with regard to some new form of transportation (that isn't monorail, light rail, gondola, or buses). They're going to put in between the parks and resorts... cruise ships!

jbolen2May 14, 2017

I'm still shocked they haven't started charging people to ride the monorail that aren't staying at a monorail resort.

monothingieMay 14, 2017

The NYC subway system is almost 115 year old and faces many of the logistical challenges that the WDW monorail has, albeit on a larger scale. The basic infrastructure if maintained will support an extended life time. Consumables such as vehicles have a fixed lifespan. The real test for the future of the system will be when these consumables need to be replaced. Then it will be a purely financial decision by the bean counters as to whether the system stays or goes. Also don't think for a second that the automation system means that the system is here to stay. That was put in because they were forced to do it.

ford91exploderMay 14, 2017

They probably do monitor demand but once El Ratton has you trapped in the bubble without independent transportation whats the incentive to provide any level of service beyond the minimum level thats enough to prevent people from renting cars

thehowietMay 14, 2017

What you call jaded I call pragmatic. I don't think it's likely anytime soon, but I do think it's very possible that one day the cost to maintain the system will outweigh the benefits in the eyes of management. The MK loop beams are almost 50 years old now, not to mention the challenges and risks associated with safely and quickly evacuating guests at certain spots on the beam.

SteamboatJoeMay 14, 2017

Interesting. I guess there are only so many buses to go around.

peter11435May 14, 2017

They do.

SteamboatJoeMay 14, 2017

I hope improving the bus system is a priority. I have had numerous waits of 20+ minutes this week while staying at Port Orleans Riverside. Seems like the demand for buses to return to the resort in the evening has been disproportionately large yet the number of buses offered has remained constant. While I understand running a bus system that large is not easy, it really seems like more can be done. If they can track my every move I make on property with a plastic band, they should be able to recognize when buses need to be rerouted to service resort pick up areas at the parks with significant lines. Do they currently monitor demand in real time at all?