Senior Vice President, Creative Development
Walt Disney Imagineering
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More than three decades ago, Jacobson began his Disney career as a performer with Disneyland Entertainment Productions. Today, as a senior vice president of Creative Development with Walt Disney Imagineering, he is responsible for directing project teams developing ideas, design, content, art direction and area development for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports, hotels, Disney Vacation Club and other venues at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Most recently, his teams have been responsible for such new attractions as the state-of-the-art 4D Toy Story Midway Mania!, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Monsters, Inc., Laugh Floor, plus the very successful re-Imagineering of Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Hall of Presidents.
Jacobson’s creative leadership has shaped numerous projects, including Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. In addition, he has influenced the development of many other projects for both Walt Disney World Resort as well as Disneyland Resort in California.
Currently Jacobson is directing two major projects at the Florida Resort. The first being implementation of the major expansion of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. The second is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, a family suites hotel featuring rooms and courtyards themed to Cars, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Finding Nemo.
Prior to joining the organization, Jacobson attended the University of Southern California and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. He is based in Glendale, California and commutes to Florida on a regular basis.
Walt Disney Imagineering, part of The Walt Disney Company, is the unique innovative organization that creates - from concept through construction – all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from the teamwork and syntheses of creative and technical professionals representing more than 140 diverse disciplines.