Location: Main Street Cinema, Main Street USA, Disneyland.
As a college student, Greg Emmer started out as a Disneyland ride operator in 1968. After graduating in 1971, Emmer was promoted to management and sent to Orlando, helping open Walt Disney World. For 40 years, Emmer worked his way up through Walt Disney Company management (in Theme Park Operations), becoming Senior Vice President of Disneyland Resort Operations in 2003. Emmer's experiences as a Cast Member influenced his success as a Disney Executive. As one of Disneyland's top execs, Emmer revitalized Disneyland, spearheading the park's facelift for its 50th Anniversary celebration (2005-2006). The Senior Vice President also stressed the roles Cast Members played in guest service, leadership & efficiency, bringing much of the magic back to Disneyland. Emmer was still searching for ways to enhance the Disney experience, prior to his retirement on February 8, 2008.