Jeff Vahle States Cast Members Will Be “At The Heart” of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
Taking over for Josh D’Amaro in May as President of Walt Disney World during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeff Vahle was tasked with navigating one of the few Disney Parks worldwide that have reopened in a time of much uncertainty for the tourism industry. Now, he’s taking time to reflect and set some key benchmark tasks as we head into 2021.
Vahle, a 30-year Cast Member who most recently served as President of Disney Signature Experiences, is responsible for all facets of business for the resort, including its four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney Hollywood Studios) two water parks, 28 resort hotels, four golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and the Disney Springs entertainment-shopping-dining complex. His tenure so far has been rocky, with over 17,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members furloughed or laid off due to the impacts of the parks closure. Moving into the new year, Vahle and his team must rebuild the Walt Disney World workforce—that is, “when business improves”, according to the workers’ unions.
Jeff Vahle was named one of OBJ‘s “2021 Game Changers”, a group of key figures in the industry that are critical to its recovery. Other notable Game Changers include Phil Brown, CEO of Orlando International Airport, and Dr. Raul Pino, Director of the Florida Department of Health-Orange County.