Who is Jeff Vahle? Meet the New President of Walt Disney World Resort

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The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida has a new president: Jeff Vahle. In a surprising move, Vahle takes the role as Josh D’Amaro ascends to take Bob Chapek’s former role: Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. 

But who is Jeff Vahle?

Jeff Vahle
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Jeff is Disney’s now-former President of Disney Signature Experiences and has been a part of The Walt Disney Company for over 30 years. During which time he has proven the ability to give and command respect, dedication to creativity and innovation as well as surpass expectations. One of the most notable points of his career has been with Disney Cruise Line.

According to Disney Parks, Resorts and Experience website:

At Disney Cruise Line, Jeff is responsible forthe entire award-winning business, including the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships, as well as Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island in the Bahamas) and Disney’s Port Canaveral cruise terminal. Jeff is also overseeing the much-anticipated expansion of Disney’s cruise fleet, with the delivery of three new ships in 2021, 2022 and 2023

Related: Construction of Disney Cruise Line‘s New Ship Continues.

“With Walt Disney World approaching its 50th anniversary, there could not be a more gratifying time to be selected for this role and to work with the incredible team responsible for creating magical memories for millions of guests each year,” said Vahle. “I plan to continue to build on the momentum from Josh’s tenure, bringing even more innovative entertainment and experiences to our guests.”

Disney Cruise Line
Credit: Disney Cruise Line

According to the press release sent out by The Walt Disney Company,

In his previous role, Mr. Vahle led several key growth businesses for the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment and inspired teams around the world to deliver the Company’s unrivaled brand of family vacations. He oversaw Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, Golden Oak, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa (collectively called Disney Signature Experiences).

He will now be in charge of the largest single-site workforce in the United States, as well as continue to oversee Facilities & Operations Services for Disney theme parks worldwide which is responsible for construction, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, utilities, sourcing and procurement, safety and health, and asset management programs at every Disney resort around the world.

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Credit: Disney Golden Oak

After earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Auburn, Jeff Valhe earned his master’s degree in business administration at Rollins College and has remained actively involved in the Central Florida community.

His role as President of Disney Signature experience will be taken over by Thomas Mazloum, the former Senior Vice President of Resort and Transportation Operations at Walt Disney World Resort

Click here to learn more about Walt Disney World’s new President.

We at Inside the Magic want to give our congratulations to Jeff Vahle and wish him the very best of luck as leader of the Walt Disney World. We also want to give our utmost gratitude to Josh D’Amaro for everything he did for Walt Disney World and its Cast Members. He will be greatly missed, but we have the utmost confidence in him as he takes his new role.

What do you think about the change up? Are you sad to see Josh D’Amaro go? Let us know in the comments!

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