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Downtown Disney® Hotels Appoint Several New
Leaders in Food and Beverage Division
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 11, 2006 – The Hotel Plaza Association, the governing body for the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels (www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com), a consortium of seven hotels in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., recently announced the addition of several food and beverage executives.  
            
Michael Cusimano joins the Doubletree Guest Suites, the only all-suite resort hotel in Walt Disney World® Resort area, as their director of food and beverage.  He carries more than 26 years of industry experience and comes to the Doubletree Guest Suites from the Marriott Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as their director of catering and event management.  Additionally, Cusimano served as a banquet captain at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin.
            
Gamalier Burgos is the new executive chef at the Doubletree Guest Suites.  Burgos has more than 15 years experience in fine cuisine preparation at Florida resort hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining the Doubletree Guest Suites, Burgos, a member of the American Culinary Federation, served as chef in training at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and executive chef at the Radisson World Gate Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. 
            
Johan Lindholm has been hired by the Hilton Resort as director of food and beverage.  He joins the Hilton Resort with 19 years experience in hospitality management.  Before coming to the Hilton Resort, Lindholm served as director of food and beverage for the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton Pittsburgh. He holds an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a masters from Loyola University in New Orleans, La.  
 

Michael Cusimano

Gamalier Burgos

Johan Lindholm

The Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels consist of the Best Western, Holiday Inn, Doubletree Guest Suites, Grosvenor Resort, Hilton Resort, Royal Plaza and the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa.  With a total of 27 restaurants, more than 3,600 rooms and scores of amenities, these hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest.
            
Located on Disney property, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels are within walking distance of some of the area's best shopping, dining and entertainment. Plus, guests staying at these “Official Walt Disney World” hotels receive special perks not available at hotels outside of the Disney Resort – such as the ability to purchase Disney tickets on the DowntownDisneyHotels.com Web site and at the individual hotel; complimentary transportation and guaranteed admission to all four Disney theme parks, Disney's water parks, Downtown Disney® area and Pleasure Island; advance tee times and discounts at all five Disney golf courses; priority seating arrangements for Disney dinner shows and theme park restaurants, and discounts at selected area restaurants, attractions and stores.

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Contact:

 Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels
Jed Dunstan
(407) 261-5414
www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com

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Also See: The Procaccianti Group Restructures Partnership and Assumes Management of the 626 room Grosvenor Hotel, Orlando Florida / July 2006
A 1,000-room Hilton and a 500-room Waldorf=Astoria Planned for Bonnet Creek Adjacent to Walt Disney World Resort; The First Ground-up Waldorf=Astoria Hotel to be Built Since the Original in New York / May 2006

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