The man who has overseen the development of an "Avatar"-themed attraction in Orlando, Fla., has been named to run Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim.
Among several other promotions Wednesday, Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, named Michael Colglazier to oversee the two Southern California parks.
Colglazier replaces George A. Kalogridis, who will take over Feb. 1 as president of the Walt Disney World Resort.
Kalogridis oversaw the development and opening of Cars Land, the 12-acre expansion of California Adventure Park that opened last summer and has significantly boosted attendance at the park.
Most recently, Colglazier has worked as vice president of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, where Disney has been developing an attraction based on the James Cameron movie "Avatar." Construction is expected to begin this year.