Vice President of Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Retire This Summer

This August, The Walt Disney Company will be wishing a fond farewell to a leader who’s been with the Walt Disney World Resort since before the beginning.


Phil Holmes, vice president of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, started his career in 1971 delivering blueprints to construction sites throughout the Magic Kingdom Park. He tackled a number of roles and locations as a Cast Member, including Attractions Host in the Magic Kingdom Park and leadership roles in Bus Operations and Training and Development. A run of theme park openings followed, including EPCOT, Disney-MGM Studios, and Euro Disneyland.

Most recently as a park vice president, Phil was at the helm of opening and operating groundbreaking new experiences, starting with New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park and culminating with last year’s debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

“Phil has had a tremendous impact on Walt Disney World Resort during his nearly 50-year career. His legacy will be his outstanding leadership and passion for the guest and Cast experience”, said Walt Disney World president Josh D’Amaro. “We’ll miss him, but we’re thrilled he will be with us through August, and we’ll be sure to celebrate his countless accomplishments before his departure.”

This August, Phil will be joining his wife Linda, whom he first met at Magic Kingdom Park, in retirement. He looks forward to spending more time with family, especially their two granddaughters.
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