Jeff Vahle has been named the president of Disney Signature Experiences, including Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Golden Oak, and Aulani. Commenting on the announcement, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products said “There is tremendous opportunity to deliver magical Disney vacation experiences in new and exciting ways. Jeff is a talented leader with a strong track record of success and I’m excited to see what he and the team will accomplish together.” Jeff remarked “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to be part of an incredible team that makes magic for millions of guests every day at Disney destinations around the world. I look forward to leading this creative, dedicated and hardworking team as we build on the success of these businesses during this unprecedented era of growth and innovation.”
Disney Signature Experiences is part of the Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Segment formed as part of Disney’s strategic reorganization, under the leadership of Chairman Bob Chapek. Disney Signature Experiences replaces New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line, previously led by Anthony Connelly, who recently took the job in October.
In his new role, Jeff will lead Disney Vacation Club vacation-ownership program which includes 14 themed resort properties across Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, along with three beach resorts, and is preparing to launch its 15th resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, in Fall, 2019. Jeff will also lead Disney Cruise Line as it prepares to add three new ships in 2021-2023, Adventures by Disney guided group travel business, sales at Golden Oak luxury custom home community, Aulani, A Disney Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and continue to lead the Global Facilities Operations and Sourcing and Procurement teams.
Jeff is a 28-year veteran of Disney, who began his career with Walt Disney World in 1990, and is a graduate of Auburn University, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Rollins College, with a Master of Business Administration. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Give Kids the World.