Disneyland Paris Entertainment Leader Behind 30th Anniversary Spectaculars Takes New Role at Walt Disney World Resort

Katie Francis

Disneyland Paris Entertainment Leader Behind 30th Anniversary Spectaculars Takes New Role at Walt Disney World Resort

David Duffy, the Vice President of Entertainment for Disneyland Paris, is leaving the resort to become the Live Entertainment Vice President for Walt Disney World Resort.

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The announcement was made on August 24, 2023. A replacement for his role at Disneyland Paris has yet to be announced.

Disney said, “Please join us in congratulating David Duffy as he steps into the role of Vice President, Live Entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort. With more than 30 years at Disney, he’s held roles including show director, writer, artistic director, and creative director. Congratulations, David!”

In a post on LinkedIn, Duffy addressed the news: “After an amazing few years at Disneyland Paris, I am humbled and excited to return to where not only my Disney career but my love of themed entertainment began. I’m still at a bit of a loss for words to express how impactful my time working with the incredible team at Disneyland Paris has been. I have also fallen in love with the city of Paris, the country of France, and the lifestyle it affords. My deep thanks and appreciation go out to the amazing team at Disneyland Paris. Together, we have achieved amazing things! Onward!”

Duffy has been with Disney for three decades and worked on many projects at parks around the globe. He began his Disney career with the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World. He stayed at Walt Disney World as an actor and then later became a show director.

In 2007, he was promoted to Creative Director for Disney Cruise Line where he worked on entertainment, programming for all ages, and port adventures during the development of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. During this time, he also served as Creative Director for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

From 2014 to 2020, he was an Executive Producer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products on the following projects:

  • Tale of The Lion King Stage Show, Disney California Adventure, June 2019
  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Grand Opening Celebration, Disneyland Park, June 2019
  • Mickey’s Mix Magic Fireworks and Media Spectacular, Disneyland Park, January 2019
  • Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (Formerly Disney Parks and Resorts) D23 Keynote Presentations; multi-years at Anaheim Convention Center and Tokyo Disneyland
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout Grand Opening Ceremony, Disney California Adventure, June 2017
  • Frozen- Live at the Hyperion Stage Show, Disney California Adventure, May 2016

Duffy became the Entertainment VP at Disneyland Paris in November 2020 and most recently worked on the 30th anniversary celebrations for Disneyland Paris, which featured the use of drones for nighttime spectaculars.

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