“Greg is an extremely talented individual who has been making important contributions to safety efforts at the Walt Disney World Resort for nearly 14 years,” Pressler said. “He has precisely the combination of engineering expertise, theme park experience and personal commitment required for this important leadership position, and I look forward to working with him to keep
After several decades as the recognized leader in theme park operations and safety and opening its 10th theme park this year, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts created the position of Chief Safety Officer to promote consistency and drive continuous improvement in its attraction safety program. Key elements of the new role include:
· Facilitating the exchange of safety-related information and promoting consistent standards across all of the division’s Parks;
· Integrating theme park best practices, as well as new ideas from related industries and scientific disciplines, into safety protocols;
· Developing and evaluating new safety technologies;
· Conducting internal audits and supporting state inspection efforts to monitor compliance with regulations and internal standards;
· Analyzing trends and anticipating safety challenges;
· Reinforcing the division’s Cast-wide commitment to safety; and
· Building constructive relationships with government agencies involved in regulating theme parks.
A respected member of the engineering and safety community, Hale currently serves on the board of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Amusement Ride Safety Standards Committee and is the chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Safety and Maintenance Committee.
He is also responsible for numerous innovations and inventions that have significantly advanced theme park accessibility for persons with disabilities, including ride vehicles that can safely accommodate Guests utilizing wheelchairs and hand-held captioning that, for the first time, provides synchronized captions for Guests with hearing disabilities on moving rides and attractions. In addition, Hale is a co-inventor and patent holder for Disney’s FASTPASS, a queuing system that has virtually eliminated long wait times at the company’s most popular attractions.
PHOTO: Greg Hale, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts first Chief Safety Officer