Disney is Offering a Free Online Course in How to be an Imagineer


 

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Disney Imagineers design and create Disney theme parks and attractions around the world.  Les Chatfield/Flickr/Attribution
  • Disney has launched a free online course on what it takes to be one of its famous Imagineers.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering is the company that designs and creates Disney theme parks and attractions around the world.
  • Teaming up with Khan Academy and Pixar, Walt Disney Imagineers has launched Imagineering in a Box, a free online course that gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into theme park design.
  • The course will feature over 30 videos from Imagineers, interactive activities, and case-studies from the Disney Parks, according to a Disney Parks blog post

If you've ever wanted to step into the shoes of a Disney Imagineer, now's your chance.

Khan Academy and Pixar have teamed up with Walt Disney Imagineers to create Imagineering in a Box, a free online course that gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into theme park design.

According to a Disney Parks blog post from Josh Gorin, a creative development executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, the course will feature over 30 videos from Imagineers, interactive activities, and case-studies from the Disney Parks.

The program is perfect for at-home learning, as he notes "we are so excited to share with learners of all ages the unique ways that science, technology, engineering, and math can be combined with creativity and design to create larger-than-life entertainment for millions all around the world."

The course takes students through three lessons. The first is named "Creating Worlds," and it illustrates the process of creating a themed land, including land layout and landscape. Imagineers talk about the integration of all the senses into the land through visual design, smell, sounds, foods, and more.

The second lesson is all about designing attractions, and it includes a ride simulator exercise.

The third and final lesson is dedicated to characters — including character concepts and animatronics. Listen as Imagineers take you step by step through the creation of themed lands and attractions, and use exercises to test your new skills and get creative.

The program is completely free, and you can find it on the Khan Academy website


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