We previously shared that both Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios received the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement –Attraction from the Themed Entertainment Association. Bob Weis, President of Walt Disney Imagineering also received an outstanding Thea Award! Check out all the details below as shared by DisneyParksBlog.
Bob Weis received the Buzz Price Thea Award, Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. As president of Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob leads talented Imagineers around the world to advance the quality of immersive experiences across theme park resorts and cruise ships, with a focus on quality, storytelling and collaboration with diverse talents to achieve extraordinary results in experiences and live entertainment. Bob started his career at Walt Disney Imagineering working on Disney’s first international theme park, Tokyo Disneyland Park. He later had senior creative roles in designing Disney-MGM Studios (now called Disney’s Hollywood Studios); Tokyo’s second Disney theme park, Tokyo DisneySea; and the multiyear transformation of Disney California Adventure including Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. He was also the top creative executive for Shanghai Disney Resort before becoming president of Walt Disney Imagineering in 2016. Bob has been a champion of diverse talent and perspectives coming together to create experiences that guests from all over the world can enjoy, starting with his work at Tokyo Disneyland. At Shanghai Disney Resort he was a major proponent of blending Chinese culture and Disney storytelling, both through guest offerings and through close collaboration with Chinese Imagineers.
In addition to his Disney work, Bob has developed projects for several notable museums, has been an advisor to the Smithsonian, and has served on the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the Walt Disney Family Museum. Bob founded the Ryman Foundation Hani El-Masri Student Artist Award, which recognizes immigrant students who represent the diverse talents in our community. Bob supports Cal Poly Pomona’s School of Environmental Design, and was one of the founders of the school’s Bobby Brooks Studio, which, for 10 years, has built for students a culture of collaboration and narrative design methodologies in memory of a late Imagineer and alumnus.
“Congratulations to Bob Weis and to the entire team at Walt Disney Imagineering for these incredible achievements,” said Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “Over the past several years, Imagineers have taken creativity and storytelling to an entirely new level, and I’m proud to see that the experiences they have created are being celebrated by our Guests around the world and our peers throughout the industry. I look forward to sharing even more great stories with our guests as we continue to complete new experiences at our sites around the world.”
Way to go Bob! As Disney fans, we’re so thankful for all the talent you bring to Disney!