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Career Choice as a Walt Disney Imagineer

Submitted by Abraham Gordillo
Published: March 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Hello Everyone!
Since I was 10 years old my life’s dream has been having a Disney Career as an Imagineer, more towards the artistic and shows, parades, and spectaculars creation and production, just as Steven Davison. I am currently 16 and I am on the process of choosing a specific major, and I was hoping someone of you could be able to help me in this matter, or give any suggestions to an specific college or major. I would love to intern at Walt Disney World while in school and therefore be able to start my way on the Disney Family earlier. I would love to be responsible of making all of those Disney Dreams come true, bringing the magic to life, and create something beyond a vacation… create a memory.

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From Anthony Murphy on March 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Well, you would want to get a career in Engineering. The University of Illinois, my alma mater, has a very good Engineering program that Disney likes to recruit from. I would recommend checking out Robert's interview with Tony Baxter though I think Mr. Baxter had a bit of a different path.

Another good person on the site is T.H. He is not an imagineer, but he has worked with some!

From TH Creative on March 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I'm not an Imagineer, but I play one on TPI.

Abraham, drop me a message with an email.

From TH Creative on March 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

How come no one offers up a thread titled "Career Choice as a Jungle Cruise skipper?"

From Anon Mouse on March 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I suggest you look at Disney's job want ads to determine if they are hiring Imagineers and to learn of what college degrees and job experience they require. The sad truth is Disney downsidize their Imagineering workforce. Disney largely outsourced their projects to contractors. You should look up theme park attractions contractors for internships as a stepping stone to working at Disney. Or maybe if you can't get into Disney, working for a contractor is the next best thing.

An engineering degree is best for your pursuit, but also learn about graphics arts as learning how to illustrate helps a lot in conveying ideas. There is no one way to get into Disney and there is no one job background. It seems weird that some Disney executives have no technical background, yet they are the bosses of Imagineers. I guess having the title and the budget matters. You must work with less technical people. This is why you must bring to the table your technical knowledge to make it happen.

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