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Hotel Royal Plaza Appoints Odyssey Leach General Manager; 
Closed Since 2004, Orlando Hotel Reopens with
New Staff, Upscale Image
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ORLANDO, Fla.   Jan. 23, 2006   Royal Plaza in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort has announced the hiring of five key staff members who will be instrumental in the success of the newly reopened and renovated hotel.  The full-service, independently operated property reopened last week after closing in August 2004 due to damages caused by Hurricane Charley.  Thanks to a multi-million-dollar makeover, the Royal Plaza now features a more contemporary, upscale atmosphere, as well as enhanced services and amenities.

New members of the Royal Plaza management team include:

Odyssey Leach has joined the Royal Plaza as general manager.  In his new position, Leach will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s day-to-day operations.  With over 20 years of hospitality experience, he most recently served as general manager at the 530-room Holiday Inn Nikki Bird Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.  Previously, Leach held finance and operations’ posts with Marriott and Omni.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and an MBA in finance from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  
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Francesco (Frank) Abbinanti has been hired as director of food & beverage.  Abbinanti brings to the position more than 20 years of experience with Walt Disney World, Hilton and Sheraton.

Aydin Atalay has been hired as banquet manager.  Atalay, who has worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, most recently served as banquet manager at Disney’s Coronado Springs. 

Juan Joubert joined the hotel as executive chef.  He has 20 years of experience and most recently served as a sous chef for Levy Restaurants.  

Jose Otero has joined Royal Plaza as sous chef.  Formerly the executive chef at the Doubletree Hotel in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Otera has 12 years of experience.

The Royal Plaza in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort is a unique full-service, independently owned hotel located on Disney property and within walking distance to DOWNTOWN DISNEY®.  Spread out over 17 floors, all 394 of the hotel’s renovated, oversized guest rooms have been outfitted with plush, new carpeting and drapes; custom, over-stuffed pillow-top “Royal Beds” and premium linens; curved shower rods; granite countertops and Bath & Body Works amenities; plus pull-out sleeper sofas and an in-room media package (featuring first-run movies, video games, high-speed Internet and more).  Additional hotel enhancements include wireless Internet access in all public areas, a repainted exterior, new artwork, landscaping, carpeting and tile, wall coverings and furniture.  

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Contact:

Bill Green
Royal Plaza
(407) 827-3735
Wgreen@RoyalPlaza.com

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Also See: The 394-room Orlando North Hotel, Maitland, Florida Will Re-open Under Sheraton Flag Following Extensive Renovation / January 2006
Jim Berkley Appointed GM at Hotel Royal Plaza / Aug 1998

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