Barbara Bouza Named President of Walt Disney World Imagineering While Bob Weis is Taking Consultant Role

Bob Weis has been the president of Walt Disney Imagineering for a few years, and he will be taking the role of Global Imagineering Ambassador. Barbara Bouza will become the new President. Walt Disney Imagineering prepares to make a move from California to Lake Nona, Florida.

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Here is the announcement that Bob Weis sent to Imagineers:


As Imagineers, we are inspired by our history and by those who helped shape it. Disney Legend Marty Sklar — who was a close friend and mentor to me — served as a visionary leader at Imagineering for over five decades and, ultimately, became our Global Imagineering Ambassador. In this role, Marty was able to invest in our legacy as a way to build our future, mentor and advocate for our talent, recruit the next generations of Imagineers, and help record our history through his writing.


Today, I am excited to announce that I will follow Marty’s lead and assume the Global Imagineering Ambassador role beginning next year. I am confident about transitioning into this role now after working with Barbara Bouza over the past 16 months and knowing that the future of Imagineering is secure under her leadership. Barbara has taken on increasing responsibility during her tenure, and I am continually impressed with her talent, her leadership and the relationships she’s already built across our company. I’m also very grateful to have the full support of Josh D’Amaro, who has demonstrated his commitment to Imagineering time and time again and his belief that WDI is critical to our company’s future and overall success.

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Barbara Bouza joined the Walt Disney Imagineering team in June 2022 as President of business and operations, design, and delivery. She has more than 25 years of management, strategic planning, and design experience.


Weis feels confident with this transition, he said:


“I’ve known Barbara for a few years, and I’m thrilled to have her join our management team as we lead Imagineering through a time of tremendous opportunity,” Weis said at the time of her hiring. “Barbara is an extraordinary designer and accomplished industry leader who will be an incredible asset to this organization, as Imagineers continue to deliver innovative entertainment and immersive experiences for guests around the world.”

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Tricia lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Tours and has ridden over 200 times. If Tricia is not at the parks she's out playing drums or with her dog Yoda.