Mark Woodbury is Vice Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts and President of Universal Creative. Woodbury is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Universal Parks & Resorts (UPR) planning and design worldwide. In his thirty years with Universal, Woodbury’s visionary approach to developing innovative theme parks, resorts and CityWalk venues has been instrumental in shaping and expanding the Universal brand around the globe.
Woodbury joined the UPR team in 1988 during the development of Universal Studios Florida, the company’s first expansion outside of Hollywood. During the following twelve years, he was a key member of the leadership team at Universal Planning and Development, serving as Vice President, Design & Planning and Senior Vice President/Chief Creative Officer. During this period, his team successfully opened Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan.
In 2001, Woodbury was tapped to lead Universal Creative worldwide and in 2006, was named President of Universal Creative. Since then, he and his team have collaborated to expand Universal Orlando Resort into a world-class destination with the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, three new hotel properties and Volcano Bay water theme park. Their continued innovation has fueled the exponential attendance growth at Universal parks around the world, from exciting new additions to The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood to the opening of Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan. He and his team now have their sights set on bringing Universal to the capital city of the People’s Republic of China with Universal Beijing Resort.
In 2017, Woodbury was named Vice Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts in recognition of the business acumen and creative vision he has displayed during his career with Universal. His continued championing of innovative design and inspired collaboration has been a driving force behind the success of Universal Parks & Resorts around the world.
Prior to joining Universal, Woodbury worked in private architectural practices and real estate development in Illinois and Florida. Woodbury holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico. He is a licensed Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He also serves on the Entertainment Council of the Urban Land Institute.