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I was wondering if anyone can help me here? I would love to work at Disney as get older, spacificly in createin rides. Can anyone help me or give me advice?

From Josh Morgra
Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:32 PM
I have always wanting to work for disney (like anyone). Can anyone give me advice on what to do to be one?


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From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 16, 2011 at 5:14 AM
Good spelling and grammar are usually pre-requisites.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM
T.H Creative might be able to help you out! I think he knows a couple of Imagineers.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted February 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM
Aspiring Imagineer here too, glad I'm not the only one

From Josh Morgra
Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:36 PM
Ya Adam it has always been one of my dreams. Ever sience I came in to Magic kindomb and saw cinderalas castle. Being bafoled by the animatronics. My point is that I would love to be an imagineer. Good Luck.

From Josh Morgra
Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM

From Randall Peek
Posted February 20, 2011 at 10:17 PM
I think Mike Gallagher was being a little snarky with his reply, but he makes a good point. In order to become an Imagineer, one must have attained at least a Master's Degree in one or more of the areas necessary for creating rides and attractions. In order to earn those degrees, one would have to be competent in both spelling and grammar, otherwise one simply can not get one's ideas across. If you are still in school I strongly suggest that you focus on your academics, graduate near the top of your class, and go to a good college. Study both engineering and art, and try to make connections within the industry. Good luck!

From damond harris
Posted February 21, 2011 at 5:30 AM
another thing is you should learn how to draw. i too wish to be an imagineer and am starting to learn how to draw my creations.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM
Study at an American college and apply for a Disney internship. The internships only apply to American college students. I found this out after studying in Canada.

From damond harris
Posted February 21, 2011 at 6:17 PM
^im pretty young and want to be a imagineer myself, about internships for Disney, are you able to get an internship to a place not located in the same state as you? or do you have to be able to get yourself their and back?

From Carrie Hood
Posted February 22, 2011 at 2:12 AM
Well I know Carnegie Melon University of Pittsburgh PA has a good working reputation with them. Mostly due to Randy Pausch and his computer work, they founded the Alice Program. That may be a good options to look into.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch

Has some of the information on the Alice Project and his work with WDI.

From Andrew Holden
Posted February 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM
It matters what branch of imagineering you wish to get a job in. If you are interested in math and science, like me, I have found through my own research that Disney likes degrees in mechanical, electrical, architectural, civil etc. engineering. If math is not so much your thing, you may want to get a degree in digital/interior/graphic design, english composition (show writing), landscape architecture, etc.

If you want more info. on the branches of Disney imagineering, the first chapter in any of the Imagineering field guide books has a lot, or just do a google search. The internet may not be loaded with sites about imagineering, but I know some are there because I have found them.

Oh, if you haven't figured out by now, I am also an aspiring imagineer :).

From Andy Milio
Posted February 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM
I'm guessing I would need the same attributes if I wanted to work for Universal Creative?

From Josh Morgra
Posted February 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM
Thanks guys for all the help and great advice. I am also going to try and be an intern and take a few of disney's programs.

From Josh Morgra
Posted February 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM
Andy I read something online that you should not be limited in who you want to work for like disney of Universal becuase if you do that you might not go as far becuase you cant expect to work for the big boys unless you have shown you have what it takes does that make sence?

From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Damond -
I'm not sure. Like I said, I wasn't allowed to participate since I studied in Canada.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 23, 2011 at 4:01 AM
Josh said:

Andy I read something online that you should not be limited in who you want to work for like disney of Universal becuase if you do that you might not go as far becuase you cant expect to work for the big boys unless you have shown you have what it takes does that make sence?

Periods are fun. You should try some. Your posts are rather difficult to slog through.

From Bryan Fear
Posted February 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I have a good friend who worked for Imagineering and Blue Sky. He even pitched a few rides for DCA back in the day. He tells me that in most cases you are only an Imagineer for about 5 years, it's a rather regular turnstyle over there. Only some of the bigger name guys like Tony Baxter, etc., actually remain there for a very long time. Expect that for all your hard work you will only do 5 years once you are in. Rare is it when someone can get to stay for a whole career.

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:51 AM
Mike, I think you're a bit harsh on Josh.

Josh, if you are still in school, there will be extra help you can get to improve your spelling and grammar. Don't aim your sights low just because of this barrier which can be easily overcome. If you want to be an imagineer concentrate on the small things first and aim high. Speak to you teachers / parents about it and concentrate on improving your spelling and grammar and consider getting tested for dyslexia.

I have a friend who is dyslexic and she is a school teacher now, I also struggled with spelling when I was younger and I've just started studying for a Doctorate Degree.

From Josh Morgra
Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:10 PM
Lauren, I want to make things clear I DO NOT have dyslexia. I have ADHD (if that matters for anything.) The only reason that happend was becuase I was in a hurry to post. As you can see I can spell and type perfectly fine.

From Andy Milio
Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM
^You misspelled Lauren :D. But it's ok, everyone has problems like that

From Phil B.
Posted March 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM
You can add "because" and "happened" to that list as well.

From James Koehl
Posted March 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM
Come on, people, give Josh a break here. This isn't school and we're not his English teacher. He's already stated that he has ADHD, and I suspect he's not alone in here with it. I've talked with him about this and he is well aware of the spelling/grammar situation. If you feel the need to "correct" him, do so constructively and in private, but let's take this out of the public forum. It is starting to look like ridicule, and that is not the way to help him.

From Josh Morgra
Posted March 2, 2011 at 5:17 PM
Also one more thing both of the words you siad I only missed or swiched a letter that not spelling that just mean I mistyped it.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM
Josh, you...nah, why bother. I won't beat LIVE horses, much less dead ones.

But keep in mind, if you want people to see your ideas and understand them..and you have some good ones...well, a couple of your recent posts showed you took the time to look 'em over before posting. Keep that up, Josh.

From Carrie Hood
Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:54 AM
Rare is the person who doesn't misspell a word or put punctuation in the wrong places on occasion. We're all guilty of it, I most certainly do plenty of that myself.

Leave the kid alone or at least give constructive criticism. Preferably without sounding completely rude, we are a pretty small community here and there is no point in scaring off new blood more so when their asking for input.

From Tyler Bell
Posted March 4, 2011 at 6:40 AM
I thought this was about Disney.

From James Koehl
Posted March 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM
It started being about Disney, but like many threads it evolved into something else. While it was not (in the end) about Disney Imagineering, I think it brought up some important considerations about how we react to and treat others in here.

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