cinderella castle at walt disney world at night with fireworks

Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is a place where experience design can be observed in many different forms. In order to create memorable and believable environments, Disney uses imagery, sounds, services, branding, built environments and even smell. The high degree of attention to detail at Disney Parks and Resorts promotes ease of use for guests of all ages from cultures around the world. From transportation to theme park attractions, experience design methods can be studied in a living laboratory that happens to also feature ice cream treats.

Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World is a course that will be offered every summer. Students will spend five days at Walt Disney World parks and resorts studying design in action while practicing non-intrusive design research methods. By the end of the course, students will have compiled a collection of experience design methods that can be applied at varying scales.

Summer 2018 Planning

The 2018 offering of Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World is coming together and our trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is in the final planning stages! Participants who have registered for the course can use the form below to share accommodations preferences.

Travel Timing

It’s a great time to start booking air travel for summer 2018. Our first class meeting at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside will be at 7 p.m. June 7, 2018. Plan on arriving at the resort by that time. Our final in-person class meeting is planned for 7 p.m. on June 12 at Magic Kingdom Park.

Accommodations Preferences

Accommodations Preferences

Complete as much information as you like. This information will only be used by the Instructor for planning purposes and will not be shared with anyone else. Once accommodations are booked, responses will be destroyed.


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Course Format

  • Off-Campus

    Context Immersion
    1 week
  • Online

    3x per week