Margaret Giacalone serves as Chief Counsel for the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP) segment of The Walt Disney Company, which offers world renowned travel and leisure experiences and immersive Disney branded consumer products. In her role, Giacalone oversees all legal matters for the DPEP businesses, including those related to six domestic and international theme parks, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, more than 60 resort hotels worldwide, and other unique adventure and expedition travel experiences around the globe. She also oversees all legal work related to Disney’s Consumer Products, Games and Publishing business, which brings beloved Disney brands and franchises into the daily lives of families through a wide variety of products and games. In addition, Giacalone oversees all legal matters pertaining to the Company’s real estate holdings worldwide.
Previously, Giacalone served as Chief Counsel for Walt Disney World Resort, overseeing all legal matters related to the operation and risk management of its four theme parks, two water parks, resort hotels and other retail, and dining and entertainment venues, including Disney Springs. Prior to that, Giacalone led the litigation team at Walt Disney World, overseeing the management of all lawsuits and claims arising out of the resort as well as Disney Cruise Line.
A passionate advocate for Diversity & Inclusion, Giacalone currently serves as a member of DPEP’s Diversity Council, and previously served as an Executive Champion for Disney’s Women’s Inclusion Network. She has also volunteered as a Pro Bono Juvenile Court Judge with the Teen Court Diversion program in Orange County, Fla., and is a Central Florida YMCA Board Member.
Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Giacalone practiced law with BakerHostetler. She received her law degree with honors from the University of Florida and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University.