As President, Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations, Karl Holz is focused on operating several key growth businesses for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.  In this role he oversees Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and the offsite regional resorts business working to align these businesses that take the Disney brand to new destinations.  

At Disney Cruise Line Holz leads a cast and crew of more than 3,000 and is responsible for the entire operation, which includes the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise ships, Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and Disney’s Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal.  He will also lead the business in delivery of the company’s two new ships, currently under construction at the Meyer Weft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.  The new ships are scheduled to come online in 2011 and 2012.  

Since August 2008 Holz served as President, New Vacation Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, where he was responsible for determining effective operating strategies and leading the operational aspects of new areas that Walt Disney Parks & Resorts are exploring based on leisure trends.   

Previously, Holz held the post as President and Chief Executive Officer of Euro Disney S.A.S. after joining the Euro Disney Group in 2004 as President and Chief Operating Officer.  His first position with Disney was at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1996 as Vice President of Downtown Disney.  He was Vice President of Epcot from 2000-2001, then was promoted to Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World Operations, responsible for the day-to day operation of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, and 11 Disney resort hotel properties.  He was promoted to President of Disney Cruise Line in 2003.  

Holz, a native of Germany, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1973 from the State University of New York at Fredonia.  He then took on increasingly responsible positions to become Regional Vice President for Sky Chefs Airport Concession, Inc.  He spent three years as President and CEO of Concession Air, Inc., and for nearly five years before joining Walt Disney World, he served as Vice President of theme park operations at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California.  

Holz resides in Orlando with his wife, Wendy.  They have two children, Erik, a graduate of Syracuse University’s architecture program, and Kirsten, a graduate of Washington College of Law at American University.  He enjoys golf and cycling.