Speaker Spotlight: Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts #DisneySMMoms

Tom Staggs | #DisneySMMoms | @hyku

Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is a man with great vision. He is pioneering the growth of the Disney brand worldwide with the introduction of the Disneyland Resort in Shanghai, new attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and additional Disney Cruise Line destinations.

He is also a father, dedicated to expanding the Magic of Healthy Living initiative by improving the quality of food offered to children at the Disney Parks - all while providing care for children with special dietary needs. (His own son has food allergies). 

Tom Staggs spoke at the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration about some exciting projects in the works and how Disney is working to improve the Guest experience.

Coming soon to a Disney Park near you:

• The Shanghai Disney Resort, scheduled to open at the end of 2015, will feature the largest Disney Parks castle, and will also be home to Treasure Cove - the first full pirate's land at a Disney Park!


• I've mentioned this before in my Favorite Moments From The 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration post, but it's worth mentioning again - In the summer of 2015, Disney Cruise Line will take Guests to explore the 'Frozen' lands of Norway and Iceland! This is perhaps my favorite addition to the Disney destination lineup!

• Some exciting news for my "home" Disney Park: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open to Guests on May 28, 2014 at the Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom), and from what we've seen online, it looks amazing!

• The new MyMagic+ program, also at the Walt Disney World Resort, allows Guests to pre-book FastPass+ attractions. I booked my FastPass+ reservations over the weekend for an upcoming media trip to Orlando, and I was surprised at just how simple the process is.


It's easy to get caught up in the Disney Parks excitement when listening to the people that help to create the magic, but I've found that the best way to get excited about the Disney Parks is to start planning a family vacation!

What upcoming attraction, destination, or initiative are you most looking forward to experiencing on your next Disney vacation?

I paid a fee to attend the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As an invited Guest, I received special discounts, complimentary products, and unique experiences. All opinions come from my personal experiences at the event.