Career Advice

Online Theme Park Engineering Class Peeks Behind the Scenes

  ORLANDO, FL — Have you ever gone to a theme park and wondered, “How did they do that?” Now you can find out, in Theme Park Engineering. This fun new online class surveys everything about the design of theme park attractions. The course is taught by Steve Alcorn, president of Alcorn McBride Inc., a company that engineers equipment for theme parks all over the world. “For over twenty years I’ve been having great fun bringing hundreds – perhaps thousands – of attractions to life all over the world,” says Mr. Alcorn. “Now it’s my students’ turn to do...
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“Earning My Ears”: How I got my first job with the Disney company

by Nate Naversen This is a story of how I got my first job with the Walt Disney company.  It’s a story of perseverance and how I managed to turn failure into success in my job search.  Now just for clarification’s sake I don’t consider myself any better or any more qualified than anyone else just because I was successful in getting hired by Disney.  Indeed, there are many more qualified candidates than I.  But I was probably more persistent than most, and that was what made the difference for me in this case.  It was a good lesson...
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The Disney Dream Job Page

Would you like to work for the happiest company in the world? Well if so, you are in luck! Here’s some information to get you headed in the right direction: Disney Company Job Line: 1 (407) 828-2850 Walt Disney World Casting Office 1515 Lake Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 1 (407) 828-1000 Walt Disney World College Relations Department P.O. Box 10,000 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0090 American Students (407) 828-3091 International Students 407-828-2850 Disneyland College Program Disneyland College Relations 1313 Harbor Boulevard PO Box 3232 Anaheim, California 92803 Walt Disney Imagineering Attn: Human Resources 1401 Flower...
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Help! I want to be a Theme Park Designer. What Do I Do Now? 13 Guidelines for your success

So, you want to be a theme park designer, do you?  I get hundreds of emails every year from people who want to design rides and other theme park attractions for a living. In this article, I hope to answer a lot of the commonly asked questions so that you too will have a better idea about how to get started in the themed entertainment industry. If you remember all guidelines I’ve laid down for you and follow them, your chances for success will be greatly increased. Guideline #1:  The average job in the themed entertainment lasts about 18...
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Confessions of a Freelance Attraction Show Writer

In response to your excellent questions about getting into the business of becoming a freelance themed attraction writer, I can only refer to my own experiences. As you know, I worked as a freelance writer in the themed attraction design business for several years before ITEC Productions finally hired me to be their full-time show writer. But I actually started my writing “career” many years earlier writing for free. Yes, I actually gave my work away. The point was to get myself published in any way possible so I could get the experience and the portfolio. So my first...
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