Thursday, October 25, 2007

This just in from Jim Korkis:

[Bill Sullivan progressed from ticket-taker at age nineteen to ride operator (Jungle Cruise where he stayed for two and half years) to operations supervisor at Disneyland, learning all aspects of the operation on the way. "I took a summer job, and I've been here ever since," Sully said in an interview shortly before his retirement.

He was involved with Disney's participation with the Olympics at Squaw Valley and also worked at the 1964 New York World's Fair Disney attractions.

Sully participated in the operations management of a number of lavish Disney film premieres, including "Mary Poppins" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and "The Happiest Millionaire" at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. He relocated in 1969 to Florida for the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971. He worked at the Hilton Inn South, the hotel rented out by the Disney Company to train cast members who would work at the new Disney resort hotels.

While in Florida, Sully served a stint as director of PICO (Project Installation and Coordination Office), coordinating operational design input and installation of owner-furnished equipment at Epcot, after which he was the director of Epcot Center operations. In 1987, he was named vice president of the Magic Kingdom, and was responsible for operation of the Park including attractions, merchandising, transportation, entertainment, ticket sales, Guest relations, costuming, foods, custodial, maintenance, planned work, and horticulture.

Sully retired in 1993 after 38 years with Disney, and without a single regret. He said he now spends his time with his eleven grandchildren. In September, he was officially made an NFFC Legend.]

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