The Walt Disney Company Master Planner Principal - Transportation Planner/Engineer in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research & development arm of Disney’s Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects. The WDI mission is to create magical Disney experiences around the world that provide opportunities for friends and families to spend time together . . . making memories that last a lifetime. At WDI we think happy people make the world a better place.

Within WDI, the globally focused Menu and Master Planning Studio is entrusted to produce, focus and advance planning and development strategies to best drive Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (WDPR) long-term development objectives. As part of this group, the regional Master Planning studios drive the planning vision which promotes the full development potential of each resort portfolio and future business opportunity. The Atlantic Region Master Planning team is specifically charged with enabling smart growth at Walt Disney World (WDW) by contributing land development, infrastructure and real estate expertise to the master planning and project development processes, and providing stewardship for its existing destination resorts and planned communities. Areas of expertise include;

  • Transportation and multimodal systems analysis and planning

  • Comprehensive land use planning and data management

  • Land use/development entitlements acquisition and management

  • Commercial real estate transaction support

  • Interface and relationship management with local and regional regulatory agencies

  • Environmental planning, stewardship and sustainability best practices

  • Special projects & new business development support

As part of this mission, the Atlantic Region Master Planning team has been given the responsibility of creating and collaboratively managing a long-term transportation planning process at Walt Disney World; its stated mission is to integrate transportation into a seamless, immersive resort experience for resort guests while still delivering a fiscally responsible and sustainable system. To accomplish this, we have identified a need to fill the principal level Transportation Planner position with a technically accomplished, highly creative and collaboration-minded candidate who has experience in all aspects of transportation infrastructure development including transit and roadway planning and design, bicycle and pedestrian facilities planning and integration of transportation planning with land use and environmental documentation.

Responsibilities : Responsibilities of this position include;

  • Leading a cross-functional/inter-disciplinary team tasked to develop and deliver on strategic planning initiatives and long-term goals as well as short-range tactical projects,

  • Participation on and management of the WDW Transportation Master Plan Steering Committee which is responsible for transportation planning decisions,

  • Direction and supervision of the development of transportation modeling tools currently underway;

  • WDW sub-area demand models (CUBE and PTV Visum)

  • Property-wide micro-simulation models (PTV Vissim)

  • Evaluation of transportation improvement strategies for both roadway infrastructure, expanded Guest transportation systems and new, innovative transportation solutions that meet the goals and objectives of improved Guest experience at WDW.

  • Coordination-in partnership with WDW Government Relations teams-with external public agencies that impact transportation and land use/development decisions in the surrounding region (RCID, Orange & Osceola Counties, FDOT/FHWA, LYNX, Central Florida Expressway Authority, MetroPlan Orlando, etc.)

In addition to the above, this position will have the following responsibilities as part of the Atlantic Region Master Planning team’s core mission;

  • Coordination with internal and external partners including WDI Project Management, Project Controls and Creative teams, WDW Transportation Operations, WDW Facilities and Operations Services/Facility Asset Management, WDW Industrial Engineering/Planning Analytics, Finance and Legal teams as well as governmental agencies and private developers

  • Entitlement support and sustainment activities including permit coordination and amendments to legal documents, representation in negotiations, etc.

  • Development of scope, preliminary schedule and estimates/budgets, contract initiation and procurement associated with the transportation planning process, including outside consultants

  • Procurement, direction and management of outside planning and engineering consultants, contractors, etc.

  • Provide development feasibility analysis for projects within WDW resorts and attractions portfolio with a particular focus on transportation and infrastructure planning

  • Interface with WDI, WDW and RCID financial planning cycles as it relates to transportation and infrastructure planning

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum of seven years experience in the transportation planning and/or engineering field as well as demonstrated experience in the following processes:

  • Transportation and Infrastructure planning and development – Knowledge of all aspects of land/infrastructure development including hands-on experience with infrastructure planning efforts, budget development, value engineering and public & third-party funding of public infrastructure.

  • Experience with the environmental planning and regulatory processes and requirements of local, State and federal governments, specifically focused on the WDW region, although broader experience is preferred.

  • Experience with, and thorough understanding of the land use/entitlement, legal and political processes related to transportation systems and land development.

  • Experience with static and dynamic transportation modeling software (CUBE Voyager, Synchro, Vissim/Visum), CAD and/or GIS programs is highly desirable.

  • Experience with industry standard capacity analyses and technical design criteria for roadways, multimodal transportation systems and emerging transportation technologies.

Required Education :

  • BA/BS Degree in Transportation Planning, Traffic/Civil Engineering, City/Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or related field (a Master's degree is preferable). Preference may be given to candidates who possess appropriate professional registration and/or certification, or have the ability to acquire it within year of employment.

Additional Information :

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Job ID: 439428BR

Location: Lake Buena Vista,Florida

Job Posting Company: Disney Parks & Resorts