Former Disney World President Judson Green passes away

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Disney World President Judson Green

It’s unfortunate to report that former Disney World President, Judson Green, has passed away at age 68. The former executive worked for the Walt Disney Company for nearly 20 years.

Green served as president of Walt Disney World. He is also remembered for his musical talent and philanthropy. Some Disney Cast Members recall him playing piano at company events and at Pleasure Island Jazz Company. In 1991, Green became president of Walt Disney Attractions, which created projects around the globe. He also served as both senior vice president and chief financial officer for the resort that became Disneyland Paris.

“It was with sadness that we learned of Judson Green’s passing. He was passionate about leadership and creativity and will be greatly missed by many,” Jeff Vahle, Walt Disney World current president, said in a statement.

He left Disney to take the position of president and CEO of Chicago-based NAVTEQ Corp. in 2000.

Among the accomplishments during his Disney tenure was the development and opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998, which remains Disney World’s newest theme park.

Besides Disney, Judson Green also added to Orlando’s cultural society. Both Judson and his wife made contributions to the performing arts. Downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center owes thanks to their generous support.

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Kevin Koszola