WDI Research & Development

When Walt Disney created a place that brought his beloved characters, stories and places to life in a place called Disneyland®, he created a world of story experiences that immersed audiences and invited them to believe — and an industry was born. Nearly 60 years later, the creative and technical group that helped him create Disneyland® lives on as Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development (“WDI R&D”) is the high-tech laboratory that creates the tools, technologies and techniques behind the magic of Disney’s theme parks, attractions, cruise ships and other immersive entertainment experiences. Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of artists, designers, engineers and scientists, WDI R&D is home to cutting-edge advancements in Robotics, special effects, interactivity, new design practices, and immersive storytelling.