Disney Legend Jim Cora passes away at 83

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Jim Cora

Another Disney legend, Jim Cora, has passed away at age 83. Jim Cora’s influence at the Walt Disney Company was significant. His hard work and contributions to the company are still visible at multiple Disney theme parks.

In 1957, he started his career at Disneyland as a part-time host polishing 3D glasses at the Mickey Mouse Club Theater. He retired in 2001 after 43 years of service. His final position at the company being the chairman of Disney International.

In 1971, he assisted in the opening of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, implementing the “Disney Way of Leadership” program. In 1974, as staff assistant to Dick Nunis, president of Walt Disney Attractions, Jim redesigned the Disneyland Park operating organization to the “area concept,” becoming one of three production directors for the Park, responsible for Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Also, the growth and success of Tokyo Disney Resort is the result of his work.

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“Very few people have a Disney legacy that reaches as far and wide as Jim Cora. His dedication to bringing Disney magic to people around the world was only matched by the passion he exuded throughout his career and for the many years that followed. I always loved hearing Jim’s thoughts about our business. He was one of our last connections to Walt Disney and he will be missed dearly.”

-Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

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We give our condolences to his family and fans. His work is widely appreciated by generations of Disney fans.


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Kevin Koszola