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Story Editor

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078805 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States / Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Feb. 12, 2024

Job Summary:

"We create happiness." That's our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you'll help inspire that magic by helping our teams push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen! Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its experienced corps of Imagineers oversees the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects.

Story Development at Walt Disney Imagineering is the process of creating a story experience on the attraction, land, resort level, establishing themes, generating high concepts and creating written outlines, treatments, scripts in collaboration with project teams, with the ultimate objective to solve business problems and entertain and inspire the Disney Guest.

You will report to the Managing Story Editor.

This posting is an opportunity to submit your resume for future consideration; this is not a role that is open at this time. We anticipate this role may be open in the future, but we are not actively hiring for the position. If you would like to be considered for this potential role, please submit your resume. If the role becomes available, you may receive an email or call from a recruiter.

For full consideration, please send resume and include cover letter.

Responsibilities:

  • The Story Editor is responsible for the generation of story ideas and story development through research, outline, treatment, final script, and documentation under the supervision of a senior member of the Story Development team

  • The Story Editor brainstorms within show teams, generates notes from writers room sessions in an organized and timely fashion, supports the story development team's interactive process, and—as requested—helps flesh out the story of a ride, environmental, and/or media based attraction

  • In addition to story, the Story Editor also develops nomenclature, sign copy for supporting show and operational graphics, operational spiels, safety and show dialogue, and assists with legal clearance and language translation as needed

  • The Story Editor supports company-wide internal and external communications

  • The Story Editor must be able to work effectively under tight deadlines, while maintaining individual creative integrity and communicating effectively

  • The Story Editor works independently on small projects of limited complexity, or as a participant on a team for larger scope—from concept to completion

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years in entertainment industry as a writer or writer's assistant (film, theater, television production, or other equivalent experience)

  • Disney Theme Park experience and/or solid understanding of the themed entertainment industry

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • A solid understanding of story structure with ability to write strong dialogue, clear and concise copy, and descriptive prose.

  • Complete competency in Microsoft Word, Final Draft, and Keynote

  • Ability to research visual and written archival resources

  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and collaborate with team members

  • Strategic thinker

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in: Creative Writing, Playwriting, Screen Writing, Journalism, or Communications studies desired

  • Graduate level education in Creative Writing, Playwriting, Screen Writing, Journalism, or Communications preferred

Desired Qualifications:

  • Language fluency in written and colloquial Mandarin Chinese and/or Japanese, French, Cantonese, Spanish are a plus

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 https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits

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The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA is $92,742 to $124,410 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.

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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