Former Father & Son Walt Disney World Executives To Offer Free “Life After Disney” Webinars To Laid Off Cast Members

It has been a difficult couple of days for the roughly 28,000 Cast Members that were notified on September 29 that they would be laid off from Disney Parks. Dan Cockerell and his father, Lee Cockerell, former Walt Disney World executives have shared they will be offering free “Life After Disney” webinars.


As shared on Dan Cockerell’s Facebook page, tagging his father, Lee Cockerell:

“Good evening our Disney friends. First, we are thinking about you and the difficult news that many of you have received. Lee and I spoke tonight and brainstormed how we can assist with the dramatic changes that many of you are going through right now. We will be offering multiple, free webinars in the coming days/weeks to help answer your questions, give advice, and share our experience of life after Disney. The truth is that you all have worked for a world class company, and have much more value than you know. We would be happy to “pay it forward” and share what we have learned making that transition. We will let you know the dates in the coming days. Please let us know the questions you may have on making a transition from Disney to the “outside world” on Facebook, or at This is a tough time, and we would be honored to help the many talented and passionate Cast Members that have created magic and happiness for so many. Hang tough, and know that the future is bright! Lee & Dan”


Credit: (Dan Cockerell)

Dan Cockerell joined Disney in 1989 as a participant of the Walt Disney World’s College Program, where he worked in resort parking and front desk guest services at hotels. Dan’s roles grew from General Manager of the All Star Resort to later becoming Vice President of Disney’s Epcot Center theme park, followed by serving as Vice President of Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, and culminating in becoming Vice President of the Magic Kingdom theme park. Dan started his own company in May 2018 and currently travels the world for consulting and speaking engagements where he advocates his people-first leadership philosophy.

Credit: (Lee Cockerell)

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort. He is now dedicating his time to public speaking and writing. Lee performs leadership and service excellence workshops and consulting for organizations around the world as well as for the Disney Institute.

Source: Dan Cockerell Facebook / Podcasts

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