Michael Colglazier

Michael A. Colglazier is the president and managing director of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – Asia Pacific.  In this role, Michael is responsible for overseeing the operations and development of the company’s parks and resorts throughout Asia, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland with the Oriental Land Company and Shanghai Disney Resort.

Previously, Michael was president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California where he led a workforce of nearly 30,000 cast members. Under his leadership, the resort experienced record business performance and growth, driven by the execution of a successful 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration, the introduction of the Marvel franchise and the enhancement of the overall guest experience. He also led efforts for a $2 billion expansion that includes the future opening of a new luxury hotel and a 14-acre themed land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Michael started his career in Disney’s corporate strategy group and has served in a variety of executive roles for Disney, including the leadership of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Florida, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and was instrumental in the planning and development stages of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

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, responsible for identifying new global growth and business opportunities for the Parks and Resorts segment.  From 2003 to 2007, Michael was vice president of Disney Photo Imaging, where he spearheaded the invention and growth of Disney’s “PhotoPass” service, creating an industry-changing, digital business model that creates value from the millions of photos captured each year in Disney parks.

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 his community, and currently serves as chair of the University of California, Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable and as a director on the board for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He has also served as a commissioner and executive committee member for the California Travel and Tourism Commission.