Monday, May 27, 2024

Michael Moriarty to take reins of Hong Kong Disney as new Managing Director during park’s 15th anniversary celebration

Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products announced the appointment of Michael Moriarty as Managing Director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL), effective December 27, 2020.

Moriarty joins Hong Kong Disneyland from Hasbro in Hong Kong where, most recently, he was Managing Director of Hasbro Far East and Senior Vice president of Global Sourcing. Prior to this, he held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility during his 14 years at the Walt Disney Company, including at Walt Disney World Resort, Walt Disney Imagineering and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Between 2009 and 2012, Michael was chief financial officer of HKDL, where he was responsible for finance, controllership, treasury, alliances and technology during a period of significant expansion that increased the park’s size by 25% with the addition of new lands, attraction and experience.

Announcing the appointment, Jill Estorino, President and Managing Director, Disney Parks International said: “This appointment comes at an exciting time as the resort launches its 15th anniversary celebration. With Michael’s extensive experience in finance, commercial strategy and operations, along with his knowledge of the Hong Kong Market and relationships across Asia, the resort will continue to be well positioned to help drive the recovery of the tourism industry in Hong Kong.”

Moriarty will replace Stephanie Young, who is transitioning to President, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing for Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Products in December.

Estorino added, “I want to thank Stephanie for her remarkable contributions to the resort. Under her leadership, HKDL saw the opening of “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!”, continued to build on the unique presence of Marvel at the Resort and will unveil the “Castle of Magical Dreams” as part of the Resort’s 15th anniversary celebration.”

“I am pleased to be returning to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and work with the Resort team to build upon the strong foundation laid by Stephanie,” said Moriarty. “This is an exciting time for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort with several new developments underway that underscore a commitment to Hong Kong and its people as we look to the future of this great city as a place where tourism will continue to thrive.”

Moriarty holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance from Lehigh University. He and his family have lived in Hong Kong for nearly 15 years.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent 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 previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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