Katie Thie

The Walt Disney Company

Proprietor of Operations

Katie began her career with The Walt Disney Company in 2003 as a lifeguard at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. She progressed into leadership and has held various roles within Walt Disney World including the following locations: Disney’s Water Parks, Magic Kingdom® Park, Walt Disney World Transportation, and Disney Springs® (formerly Downtown Disney). Katie’s first leadership role began in 2004 and over the next three years, she focused on the lifeguard, attractions and main entrance teams at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. In 2007, Katie transitioned to Magic Kingdom® Park, where she joined the park operations team on Main Street, U.S.A., Here her responsibilities included oversight of the park entry, guest traffic during parade and fireworks, and The Walt Disney World Railroad. After three years at Magic Kingdom® Park, Katie moved to Walt Disney World Transportation in 2010, leading the bus operations team at Downtown Disney. From there, Katie transitioned to Traffic Planning Manager for Walt Disney World® Resort. In this role, she focused on global roadway expansion strategy. In 2015 with the reimagining of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs®, Katie came back to Operations to lead planning efforts for the expansion of the parking lots and newly constructed parking garages as well as the custodial strategy for the entire property. In 2016, Katie returned to her roots at Disney’s Water Parks, where she currently steers the leadership team as the Proprietor at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Waterpark.