Director, Disney Creative Entertainment, Creative Development
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
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Reed Jones is responsible for the creative content and artistic integrity of live entertainment at Walt Disney World including stage shows, parades, spectaculars, special events, Characters and atmosphere entertainment.
Reed started his Disney career in the summer of 1979 when he was a seasonal performer in the original Main Street Electrical Parade. After many years working as a performer throughout the entertainment industry, including Disney’s Hoop-De-Doo Revue, Reed returned to Walt Disney World in 1990 as a Stage Manager for the newly opened Pleasure Island complex.
Eventually transitioning into a creative role, Reed soon became the Show Director and Writer for the Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island. With the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Reed conceived and directed Festival of the Lion King, Tarzan Rocks, and Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade for the park. He also had the opportunity to create shows at Disneyland Paris with Tarzan Le Rencontre, and at Tokyo Disneyland with Mickey’s Gift of Dreams.
In 2002, Reed returned to Disneyland Paris as interim Director of Creative Development for nine months. Reed returned to Walt Disney World in 2003 where he became Entertainment Creative Director. In 2005, he was promoted to his current role as Director of Creative Development, leading a creative team of Show Directors and Show Writers in the development of all entertainment experiences at Walt Disney World. In addition, Reed continues to work as a director and writer on specific projects such as theatrical concept development for Disney Cruise Lines, and the Dream Along With Mickey castle show at the Magic Kingdom.