PRESIDENT, DISNEYLAND RESORT, WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS
Michael A. Colglazier, a 26-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, serves as president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Michael oversees a workforce of 29,000 cast members at the 500-acre resort, which includes the world-famous Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the classic Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney.
Prior to his current role, Michael served as vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. During this time, Michael oversaw day-to-day operations and was instrumental in the initial planning and development stages of the new Avatar-themed experiences being planned for the park.
Prior to his role with Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Michael served as a vice president on the Global Development team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where he was responsible for identifying new global growth and business opportunities for the Parks and Resorts segment. From 2003 to 2007, Michael served as vice president of Disney Photo Imaging, where he spearheaded the invention and growth of Disney’s “PhotoPass” service, creating an industry-changing, web-based business model that creates value from the millions of photos captured each year in Disney parks.
Other positions include serving as vice president of Operations Strategy and Technology for Walt Disney World Resort, general manager of Innoventions at both Epcot and Disneyland parks, and manager of project development at the Disneyland Resort. Michael began his career with the company in 1989 as a corporate strategic planning analyst with The Walt Disney Company.
Born and raised in Indiana, Michael graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He received his master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Michael is active in the local community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital of Orange County and is a member of the Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable for the University of California, Irvine. He also serves on the executive committee and as a commissioner for the California Travel and Tourism Commission.