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Published 2024-02-17

Visual Effects Designer

Type of job: Remote
Country: United States
City: Glendale
Company: Walt Disney Imagineering

Description of the offer

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 is responsible for 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.

The Visual Effects Designer is responsible for the design, production, and installation of digital video media content for Disney theme parks, resorts and attractions worldwide.

The Visual Effects Designer will report to the Manager, Digital Arts Studio.

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.


What You Will Do:

  • Enhance and create visual media through use of 3D and 2D toolsets such as Unreal, Maya, Nuke, Houdini and Adobe After Effects.
  • Learn Disney production techniques and workflow from staff level designers and above.
  • Assist editorial process.
  • Render and quality control show files using department render facilities.
  • Create media for Sr. and Principal design leadership.
  • Complete in-field environmental mapping techniques for scenic illusions.
  • Complete infield installation and QC of media.
  • Accomplish some independent design and editorial efforts.
  • Work with Internal Department Staff and VFX Management and members of the Video Media Design Group and the Special Effects Group on a daily basis.
  • Work with the project team when enabled by VFX team leadership.
  • Deal with requirements of the media to be created and feedback on quality and satisfaction of visual requirements.


Required Qualifications & Skills:

  • Ability to work with a medium size show team to implement and assist mocks and reviews.
  • Ability to communicate and present to department level management.
  • Ability to mentor interns and associates
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe After Effects, Photoshop), Nuke and Maya, Unreal.
  • Proficiencies in one or more the following packages: Unreal, Maya, Houdini, Nuke.
  • Motion Picture Visual effects design experience.
  • Ability to work in Production pipeline.
  • Digital Compositing experience.
  • Color Correction experience.
  • Knowledge of Digital media formats and compression.
  • Ability to work alone or with a work group.
  • 5 years’ experience in Visual Effects and motion graphics design.
  • Ability to travel to domestic and foreign venues for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to obtain passport and credit card for overseas travel.
  • An industry recognized portfolio of work and abilities to create quality product.
  • Broad knowledge of theme parks and attractions media production methods and pipeline.
  • Knowledge of special effects projection systems.
  • Knowledge of media playback systems.
  • Knowledge of show programming methods.
  • Design experience in 2D graphics.
  • Knowledge of multiple post production process and formats in both film and video.
  • Experience with green screen, blue screen, and roto work.
  • Knowledge of video compression for Mpeg2 and other multiple formats.



  • BA, BFA or BS or equivalent work experience desired.



  • Glendale, California, United States / Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States


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.



The hiring range for this position in California is $92,800.00-$124,400.00 per year based on a 40-hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. 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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