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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 2020 Planning

The 2020 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

Our first class meeting at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside will be at 7 p.m. on June 4, 2020. Plan on arriving at the resort by that time. If you arrive before 7 p.m. on June 4, stop by the ‘Ol Man Island pool area at Port Orleans Riverside to chat! Our final, in-person class meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 10 at Magic Kingdom Park.

Before you book any air or ground transportation, please confirm with Dennis Cheatham that the course will take place.

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