Show Set Designer Senior Job at Walt Disney, Glendale, AZ

  • Walt Disney
  • Glendale, AZ

Job Description

Job Summary:

About the Role & Team

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs, and brings to life all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, and cruise ships worldwide. Working across a spectrum of disciplines that range from creative and conceptual to scientific and technical, Imagineers blend an innovative mixture of storytelling, art, science, and technology to create immersive experiences, memorable destinations, and innovative entertainment for families around the globe.

Nearly every project at Walt Disney Imagineering includes a first-of-its-kind. Innovation is in our DNA, and Imagineers constantly push the boundaries of technology and invent new goals as well as the solutions to achieve them. As Imagineers, one of our greatest rewards is knowing that the experiences and environments we create inspire others. The diversity of expertise at Imagineering makes us uniquely capable of influencing positive change in our communities and around the world. And knowing that we have helped make a difference is incredibly fulfilling and inspiring for all of us.

The Show Set Department turns concepts into reality, supporting the project team in creating the best show in the most effective manner. The Show Set Department crafts documents which express the design intent, coordinates and integrates all show fields within the boundaries of the architecture, and develops that intent into a biddable set of documents for fabrication and installation. The team continues its support of the design intent in vendor shops and through installation in the field.

Areas of direct responsibility include all set walls, scenic flats, platforms, ground rows, murals, set decoration, animated props and artificial foliage. Additionally, the Show Set Designer coordinates the ride system, animated figures, show-action equipment, projection equipment, audio equipment, ride sensors, special effects, rigging elements, facility elements, control rooms, guest egress, sprinklers, electrical boxes, exit signs, catwalks, themed lighting, show lighting, visual intrusion, maintenance access and all other physical entities within the show environment. Through the many artifices of the stage and entertainment medias, it is the mission of the Show Set Department to document highly entertaining environments in which the magic of each Disney story is possible.

You will report to the Executive Show Set Design!

This is a full time position.

What You Will Do

  • The Show Set Designer Senior is responsible for show set design on an individual or multiple “Attraction(s)” to a “Land” level.

  • The designer should have exceptional skills in the development and communication of show set designs and concepts as well as the ability to assist teams in all stages of a project.

  • The Show Set Designer Senior will assist production designers and model shop artists in coordinating models with drawings, participate in researching applicable materials and construction techniques, and support mock-ups and presentations.

  • The designer directs and assists staff to create Show Set documents following company standards and guidelines.

  • Supervision of vendor interfaces and work progress in outside shops and job sites will also be required.

  • Providing technical, managerial, and artistic leadership on projects is critical while also participating in functional department initiatives.

  • A highly motivated and respected individual who will direct and assist show set teams and collaborate with project teams and leadership is sought after.

  • Role includes presenting updates to senior executives and leadership of others.

  • The Show Set Designer Senior will supervise show set team during design and installation crews in the field and will often be the single point of contact on assignments.

  • Independent development of, supervision and reporting on workplans, schedule and budgets.

  • Directs and assists staff to create Show Set documents, following company standards and guidelines.

  • Willing to travel for extended periods of time.

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in the field of Scenic Design, with work in Film, Theatre or Theme Park industry.

  • Minimum 6 years of experience in CAD design and implementation.

  • Experience on a minimum of three different Disney attraction types: Dark Ride, Filmed Theatre Experience, Simulator Ride, Water Ride, Coaster/ Iron Ride, or Interactive playgrounds.

  • Current knowledge of new and developing technologies in field of expertise required.

  • The designer must have the ability to supervise and manage vendors.

  • Must show strong leadership and organizational skills as well as the ability to flourish in a team environment.

  • Independent development of workplans, schedule and budgets are required for this role.

  • Participation and competent understanding of BIM/IPD principles and techniques.

  • Domestic and international travel may be required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Design, Film Production, Architecture, with specialty in Scenic Design, Production Design, Interior Design, or Themed Architecture, or equivalent work experience.

Preferred Education

  • Advanced graduate degree in a related specialized field

Additional Information

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at .



The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA location is $92,800.00 - $124,400.00 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

Job Tags

Full time, Work experience placement, Worldwide,

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