Disneyland Windows > Frank G. Wells
Location: Disney Gallery, Town Square - Main Street USA, Disneyland.
Frank G. Wells became the Walt Disney Company's President and Chief Operating Officer in 1984. Recruited with Michael Eisner - Disney Chairman & Chief Executive, Wells and Eisner were hired to stabilize Disney's corporate offices. As president, Wells was very hands on, handling most the Disney Company's daily operations. Together, Wells and Eisner re-established the Disney name, increasing annual revenues from $1.5 billion in 1984, to $8.5 billion in 1994. During that same ten year span, the Walt Disney Company's value jumped from $2 billion to $22 billion.
A tireless worker, Wells was also an avid adventurer. Having climbed six of the seven continent's tallest peaks, two failed attempts at Asia's Mount Everest kept him from summiting all seven. Disney President & COO Frank G. Wells died in a helicopter crash on April 3, 1994, during a back-country ski expedition in central Nevada.
Note: A wooden crate labeled Wells Expedition is part of a scene inside the Matterhorn, the crate and climbing equipment are a tribute to the late Frank G. Wells.