Josh D’Amaro is the Chairman of Disney Experiences, which is responsible for bringing the magic of Disney into the lives of individuals across the world through a variety of experiences and platforms. Josh has been instrumental in guiding the segment’s growth and evolution, and has held many other key leadership positions during his long-standing career with Disney.
A graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in business administration, Josh began his career at Disney in 1998 at Disneyland Resort and has since held leadership positions spanning various areas of the company. These include roles with Adventures by Disney, Sales and Travel Operations at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Finance for the Global Licensing division of Disney Consumer Products, and Business Planning and Strategy Development for the Disneyland Resort.
Josh served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Strategy for Walt Disney World Resort, leading the site’s Resorts and Transportation Operations, and was also Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Adventures by Disney. He went on to become President of Disneyland Resort, where he spearheaded the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and supported the development of the Marvel-themed Avengers Campus.
Josh was named President of Walt Disney World Resort in 2019, where he led all facets of business for the resort’s four theme parks, two water parks, more than two dozen resort hotels, four golf courses, two full-service spas, an extensive multi-modal transportation system, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Disney Springs entertainment-shopping-dining complex.
In addition, he led America’s largest single-site workforce, which consisted of more than 75,000 cast members, and oversaw the start of a historical expansion that created the Disney Skyliner aerial transportation system, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Disney’s Riviera Resort. He also kickstarted plans for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021, contributing to the reimagination of the EPCOT theme park and new resort-wide entertainment and experiences.
Today, Josh is instrumental in bringing Disney Experiences initiatives to fruition, harnessing the magic of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, Twentieth Century Studios and National Geographic to immerse individuals and families into unforgettable experiences. Disney Experiences encompasses Disney’s renowned travel and leisure businesses, including six theme park-resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia; a cruise line; a vacation ownership program; and a guided family adventures business. It also consists of Disney’s global consumer products operations, including the world’s leading licensing business for toys, apparel, home, goods, digital games and apps, along with the world’s largest children’s print publisher and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.
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