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Principal Software Architect

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10084900 Location Orlando, Florida, United States / Glendale, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Experiences Date posted Mar. 29, 2024

Job Summary:

“We Power the Magic!” That’s our motto at Disney Experiences Technology & Digital. We create world-class, immersive digital experiences for the Company’s premier vacation brands including Disney’s Parks & Resorts worldwide, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and Disney Vacation Club. We are responsible for the end-to-end digital and physical Guest experience for all technology & digital-led initiatives across the Attractions & Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Resorts & Transportation and Merchandise lines of business as well as other initiatives including MyDisneyExperience and Hey, Disney!

We are looking for a Principal Software Architect to own the design vision of Guest data products and solutions. You will lead all aspects of assigned data initiatives working with multiple engineering studios. You will sit in the Data Products & Platform team within the Technology & Digital organization for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.

You will:

  • Ensure architecture meets service-level agreements (SLA), resiliency, security, and privacy requirements

  • Lead with clear communication, documentation, and diagrams that define, guide, and influence engineering teams

  • Design high-performance data streaming architectures with near realtime complex event processing (CEP)

  • Maintain productive engagement with partners to ensure solutions are right-sized and strategically aligned to the overall data strategy and architecture principles

You have:

  • 10+ years of experience with the delivery of data solutions

  • Proven experience designing data platforms

  • Foundation in Python development

  • Deep technical expertise in AWS (Kinesis, Lambda, DynamoDB, IAM, among other tools)

  • Additionally, deep technical expertise in Snowflake, Flink/Beam and infrastructure-as-code (Terraform/CDK)

  • Strong problem solving and influencing skills with the ability to critically think through and elegantly address logic problems with code - especially in complex event processing (CEP)

  • Ability to navigate in the gray easily and work independently to guide the design and implementation of strategies and roadmaps

  • Excellent partnership skills with the ability to interface and influence across the organization, including the executive level

  • Proven grasp and believer of agile development approaches, including DevOps concepts

  • Experience working in the hospitality, travel, or entertainment industry is helpful

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience


The hiring range for this position in Washington is $189,256.00 to $253,880.00 per year and in California is $180,646.00 to $242,330.00 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.

About Disney Experiences:

Disney Experiences brings the magic of Disney stories and franchises to life through theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, unique vacation experiences, products and more around the world. Disney shines in the travel industry with six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Plus, Disney's global consumer products operations include the world's leading licensing business; the world's largest children's publishing brands; one of the world's largest licensors of games across all platforms; and Disney store locations around the world and on the web.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 Attractions Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Experiences.

Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC 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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