One of the best interviews with Lee Cockerell ever!

Lee Cockerell Disney World interview

Lee Cockerell, a personal look at Walt Disney World

We had the pleasure to talk with Lee Cockerell yesterday and wanted to share his insight and many great tips and business career advice with you.  If you don’t know who Lee Cockerell is; Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.”

Lee implemented the programs at Walt Disney World that have lead to the amazing service we are all familiar with at Walt Disney World.

Lee Cockerell on Mouse ChatThis interview really hit home for many of us here at Mouse Chat.  We of course love Disney World and Lisa and Steve both worked at Disney World as Castmembers in the 1990’s.  The famous Disney World training programs (Disney Traditions) we have personally taken and the Disney College Program we also have experienced first hand.  Talking with Lee about these amazing programs and how Disney World empowers their cast members offers amazing advice for us as individuals as well as any business owner out there.

If you are struggling in your career, looking for a new job, or just love learning about new ways to look at business, this interview with Lee Cockerell is filled with priceless business advice.

Listen to our full Mouse Chat show here for the an amazing talk with Lee Cockerell.

Lee also has a website, blog and podcast with loads of free information.  Lee also has several books available that Sharpie has read and recommends and that we will also be adding to our Disney reading list.  You can find all of this at Lee Cockerell’s website:

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Author: Steve Griswold

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  1. What Starbucks do I need to goto to meet Mr. Cockerell?

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    • Hi Steven,

      I’m not sure which Starbucks but we plan on meeting Lee in December and I’ll ask.


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  2. Loved the interview with Lee! He is such an engaging person and I’m looking forward to reading his books. I’ve just started listening to your podcast to help my husband and I plan an upcoming trip to WDW and I enjoy all of the great advice and opinions that you all share.

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    • Thanks Jennifer,

      We would love to also help you book and plan your Disney vacation. Just fill out the quick quote form here: Be sure to pick the agent you want in the form drop down list. Chris (Christina) Wood, Lauren Masarik or Chris Sharps are our Mouse Chatters that can work directly with you one on one and there is no added cost to booking with us.

      Have a nice night,

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  3. Loved this interview and love the show! My husband and I are huge Disney World fans however live in Canada so we don’t come across many other people who understand our obsession lol. So we love listening to your podcast to get the updates and hear your opinions! Keep up the great work. Also wanted to pass along my congratulations to Sharpie on his weight loss accomplishment! what a tough feat but speaks volumes to what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Very inspiring!!

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    • Thanks, Kate! It’s a journey, and I’m still striving for my ultimate goal: a healthy BMI. Thanks again!

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