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Cars Land Producer Kathy Mangum Repositioned to Disney World

Kathy Mangum and actor John Ratzenberger tour Cars Land.  Copyright Disney.

Orlando, FL, USA (August 8, 2012) — The Orlando Sentinal Reports on Walt Disney Imagineering Vice President Kathy Mangum’s new post at Walt Disney World:

“Burbank, Calif.-based Disney said Wednesday it has appointed Kathy Mangum to the newly created post of ‘executive producer’ for Disney World, the company’s biggest theme-park resort, with four theme parks, two water parks, and two-dozen hotels and time shares.

“Mangum is a vice president with Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney’s in-house creative-engineering unit. Her star has soared since the mid-June opening of ‘Cars Land’ in Disney California Adventure, one of two theme parks at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

“…There have been unsubstantiated rumors that Disney wants to copy all or part of Cars Land in Orlando, possibly in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But a spokesman for Walt Disney Imagineering said Mangum’s reassignment was not tied to any new projects.

“Disney World is in the midst of several other large initiatives, including a $425 million expansion of the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland section, a new land based on the film ‘Avatar’ in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that’s expected to cost between $400 million and $500 million, and a billion-dollar technology-systems upgrade dubbed ‘Next Generation Experience.'”

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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