Longtime Walt Disney World cast member and current Vice President of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Phil Holmes has announced that he is planning on retire from the company in early-August 2020.
This August, the Walt Disney World Resort will be wishing a fond farewell to a leader who’s been with the resort since before the beginning. Phil Holmes, current 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 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 Magic Kingdom Park and culminating with last year’s debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Phil may still be spotted by eagle-eyed park goers if they’re shopping at Bonjour Gifts in Fantasyland, perhaps long after August.
Phil, we wish you the best in your retirement and congratulate you on an incredible run with the Walt Disney World Resort and Company.