18 March 2014

Disney's Joe Rohde will give closing presentation at Theas Case Studies Day April 4, part of the TEA Summit


“Personally I don’t think you can ever get enough of Joe Rohde. He’s just plain inspiring. And he constantly reminds all of us why we are doing what we’re doing… and how to make every minute more personally fulfilling and meaningful. To wrap up this day of Thea Case Studies on April 4 at the annual TEA Summit, I’m looking forward to Joe’s 'Tales from Mongolia' –his recent mission to Save the Snow Leopards.”  -- Pat MacKay, TEA Summit co-chair

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) welcomes back Joe Rohde to the annual TEA Summit, as the closing speaker for Thea Case Studies Day, April 4 - Day Two of the annual TEA Summit, at Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim. 

Thea Case Studies Day (April 4) is a series of presentations showcasing the current slate of Thea Awards recipients. On the following day (April 5), the new Thea recipients will be honored at the annual Thea Awards Gala.

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Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering
Joe is a 30+ year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, starting his career as a model designer on Epcot, and continuing with projects for Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.; and Disneyland Paris. Joe led the team that conceptualized, designed and built Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. He continues to oversee new attractions for that park and is also responsible for the creative design and content of Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, at Ko Olina, O'ahu, Hawai'i, which debuted in August 2011.

The challenge of creating Disney's Animal Kingdom, a park with a strong wildlife conservation message, involved years of research and negotiation with constituents from the scientific community, the world of zoos, and representatives of indigenous communities involved in the stories created in the park. In the process of developing the park itself, Joe was instrumental in the development of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, which has supported more than 180 nonprofit organizations in 111 countries totaling nearly $18 million.

Joe speaks regularly about design and narrative and has appeared at NASA, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the TED conference, Portland Creative conference, and has been the keynote speaker at SIGGRAPH in Boston and Yokohama, Japan, as well as many other venues. He is also a member of the Explorers Club.

Joe Rohde has been honored by TEA with the Buzz Price Thea Award for lifetime achievement.