Disney exec who led MyMagic+ Will Leave the Company
Nick Franklin, the senior Walt Disney Co. parks executive who oversaw the development of the company’s billion-dollar “MyMagic+” technology project is leaving. The architect of the next generation experience at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will leave Disney in July, according to people familiar with his plans. Franklin has been with Disney since 1996 and is a member of Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs’ 11-member executive committee. Franklin could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for Disney said the decision to depart was Franklin’s.
In 2009, Disney tapped Franklin, then the head of its global business and real-estate development teams, to lead a secretive project that was referred to internally as “NextGen.” That work ultimately produced MyMagic+, the many-tentacled technology project at Walt Disney World that includes a reservation system allowing visitors to book attraction times up two months before their trips. There have also been persistent rumors that spending on the project has swollen over budget, though Disney has disputed that.
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