Greg Hale is the Vice President-Chief Safety Officer of Worldwide Safety & Health and Engineering at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. He leads a global team of ride design, operations, and maintenance professionals that keep Disney on the leading edge of theme park safety and technology advancements.
Greg recently served as the 2017 Chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He has been an active volunteer with IAAPA for more than 18 years, including serving on the Government Relations, New Technology Awards, Nominating, and Strategic Planning committees. He is also a member of the IAAPA Safety committee and served as its Chairman from 2002 to 2012. Greg has been a speaker on industry safety‐related topics at IAAPA events around the world. He also plays a key leadership role in the association’s efforts to develop and harmonize industry safety standards around the globe, facilitating safety standards meetings in more than 23 countries throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has also been the Chairman of the ASTM International – F24 Subcommittee on Standards Harmonization since 2008.
Greg has contributed to numerous innovations and inventions that have advanced accessibility for persons with disabilities. Some of these include handheld captioning for the deaf and audio descriptions for the blind that for the first time provide captioning and audio descriptions on moving rides and attractions. In addition, he is a co‐inventor and patent holder for Disney’s FASTPASS®, eliminating long lines at Disney theme park rides and attractions. He holds over 75 U.S. and foreign patents.