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Bruce Vaughn
Chief Creative Executive,Walt Disney Imagineering

Bruce E. Vaughn is Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he leads the integrated creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Disney's Creative Entertainment (DCE) and WDI Research and Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation. The scope of Vaughn's responsibilities includes theme park attractions and special effects, innovative theater experiences, and new business opportunities that leverage invented and emerging technologies.

Vaughn joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1993 as a senior technical specialist. In order to gain experience in various aspects of the WDI process, Bruce spent time working as a writer for Theme Park Productions and was associate media producer for the renovation of Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Since then, Bruce has been involved in many efforts that cross over the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, including Feature Animation, Television, Theatrical, Music, Internet, Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment.

Prior to joining WDI, Bruce worked on the technical staff of Bran Ferren's company, Associates & Ferren, in East Hampton, New York for five years where he contributed to the development and execution of special effects for various media projects. Bruce has received several screen credits for feature films, including:

  • "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989) assistant camera: live action effects unit
  • "Imposter" (2002) consultant: future technology

    Since 2001, Vaughn has served as Assistant Professor at UCLA's Theater, Film and Television School where he teaches "Imagineering: The Art and Process of Entertainment Design."

    Vaughn has led R&D teams that received three THEA (Themed Entertainment Awards) awards:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold Attraction 2000
  • Stitch's Photo Phone Creative Technology 2003
  • Lucky the Dino Creative Technology 2004

    Bruce graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Art History.

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