Michael Colglazier is President, Disney Parks Eastern Region and Managing Director, Asia Pacific. In this role, Michael is responsible for overseeing the operations and development of the parks and resorts throughout Asia, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort with the Oriental Land Company and Shanghai Disney Resort.
Previously, Michael was President of 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, introduction of the Marvel franchise and enhancement of the overall guest experience. He also led efforts for a $2 billion expansion that includes a 14-acre themed land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Michael started his career at The Walt Disney Company in the corporate strategy group and has served in a variety of executive roles since then, 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 that segment. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was Vice President of Disney Photo Imaging, where he spearheaded the invention and growth of Disney 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 Chief Executive Roundtable at University of California, Irvine 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.