Episode 1: Technology at Disney – Emerging Technology and Machine Learning Engineering

Text: Life at Disney

Innovation is the foundation of what our Disney technologists do. Our technologists are constantly elevating, evolving, and pioneering the future of our streaming platforms, content, and more to always be one step ahead when creating the latest in immersive entertainment experiences. We are joined by two technologists this week, Rekha Bachwani, Director of Machine Learning Engineering with Disney Streaming, and Scott Ray, Director of Technology for Emerging Tech within Disney Parks, Experiences & Products – Technology & Digital. Rekha and Scott give an inside look at some of the projects they’re currently working on with our streaming platforms and our parks and resorts, discuss the culture of their teams, and share advice for anyone interested in a career with technology at Disney!

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Discover Disney Culinary: Meet Roberto Rivera Otero, Chef de Cuisine, Concept Development

Bobby Otero in chefs jacket, Text: Disney Culinary

With each visit to Disney Parks across the globe, guests encounter imaginative food and beverage experiences that immerse them in their surroundings, whether inspired by our own world or a galaxy far, far away. But how do our chefs help conceptualize that very magic within our cuisine to create one-of-a-kind dining experiences for guests from all over the world? Meet Roberto (Bobby), Chef de Cuisine for Concept Development at Walt Disney World Resort, whose team works behind the scenes to bring unforgettable menu items to life.

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Behind the Magic with Industrial Engineering: Meet Kennedy

Headshot of Kennedy Brown, Text: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Kennedy Brown Senior Industrial Engineer Walt Disney World Resort

Have you ever wondered about what goes on behind the magic coming to life at Disney Parks? Whether planning the opening for a brand-new attraction or the day-to-day park operations, our Industrial Engineering team ensures everything runs smoothly, safely, and efficiently to ensure a seamless experience for our guests. Meet Kennedy, a Senior Industrial Engineer providing strategic and analytical support to the EPCOT Park Operations team at Walt Disney World Resort.

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HBCU Spotlight: Jordan Waddell, Merchandising Project Manager, Development, Optimization & Standards, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Headshot of Jordan Waddell, Text: Jordan Waddell Merchandising Project Manager, Development, Optimization & Standards, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Disney on the Yard

Jordan classifies himself as non-traditional. From his decision to attend North Carolina A&T to the beginning of his career at Walt Disney World. The North Carolina native is proof of Disney’s long-standing relationships with historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Lear how after attending a career fair for extra credit, the relationship between Jordan and his future employer was sealed.

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Leading with Accessibility in Mind at Disneyland Park

Erin Quintanilla and the Park Services for Guests with Disabilities team

Erin has been with The Walt Disney Company for 19 years and uses her life experience as a person with a disability to help inform and influence accessibility for Disneyland Park. As an Accessibility Manager, Erin applies what she learns from others in the community to round out her knowledge and expertise.

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Bringing the Story to Life with Disney Merchandise

Photo of Robert Stange, Text: Disney Parks, Entertainment and Products Robert Stange Director of Merchandise Sourcing Hardlines at Walt Disney World Resort

Robert, Director of Merchandise Sourcing Hardlines at Walt Disney World Resort, is one of the folks behind the scenes working to innovate and optimize our products. Learn how with a bit of extra pixie dust, this team helps transform ideas into reality.

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Wish Granting Returns to Walt Disney Imagineering

Disney and Make-A-Wish have worked together to make more than 145,000 wishes come true, including the very first official wish, which took place at Disneyland Resort. Watch how Make-A-Wish kid Bella’s one true wish came true – to meet a Disney Imagineer.

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Leading Through Authenticity: Meet Amanda

Headshot of Amanda Kim, Text: Amanda Kim Retail Stage Manager, Disneyland

Meet Amanda Kim, a Retail Stage Manager at Disneyland! She is part of a team that oversees nine stores on Main Street USA in Disneyland Park. She supports hourly supervisors and act as a store owner, working with multiple partners to make sure the guest and cast experience are the best they can be.

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