After 2.5 years, hundreds of days at the Disney theme parks, tens of thousands of lines of code, I’m hanging up my hat at TouringPlans.com to join the Walt Disney Company in Burbank. Specifically, I’ll be working for a new group called DIMG Innovation (DIMG == Disney Interactive Media Group) as a Senior Software Engineer. Innovation is working on some really killer web and mobile web projects that touch various divisions of the company, and I’ve been super impressed with the folks I’ve gotten to meet so far. I’m starting on January 3rd, 2012, and I’m eager to get to work.
Amongst my family and non-Disney community friends, I’ve always had an uncommon fire for The Walt Disney Company. My family has stomped through WDW since I was a kid, and I’ve dragged Kate, my wife, to Disneyland regularly since we moved to California (she now sometimes drags me). Over the past two and a half years at TouringPlans.com, I’ve been lucky to have some really amazing experiences at the Disney theme parks, both as a guest and a researcher. Through the Disney community of fans, I’ve met a ton of fantastic fellow fans and cast members who’ve made the whole experience of working in the third-party Disney ecosystem a real pleasure. After Kate and I got married this summer (woo!), we both started looking forward a bit. When this opportunity came to move south and see what the “inside” was really like — not to mention to join such a solid team — we decided to jump on it. Needless to say, I’m pumped for the chance.
Sadly, this means leaving not only an incredible group of people, but also a product I poured a ton of energy into and something I think has a huge amount of room to grow. I can’t express how grateful I am to my boss, Len, for taking a chance on me and giving me a massive degree of independence to get things done. I can’t thank Len and co-worker Fred enough for letting me join their quest towards making vacations as easy as possible, nor can I properly describe how fortunate I’ve been to work amongst the talented people we recruited to the cause. To the entire team: I’m extremely proud of all the things we built and the growth we achieved thus far, and I will tell grand tales of the adventures we’ve had. I will miss you guys heaps, and I hope to see you all out west soon.
Unfortunately, this also means the Betamouse revolution (aka the Disney/Technology podcast I’ve done for the past 90 episodes), which you have always been a part of whether you know or it not, will be ending at episode 92. This is another group I’ve been incredibly lucky to be associated with, and will be sad to part. To try to wrap things up properly, we’re doing the last show live… be sure to tune in!
So if you’re coming to SoCal (is that an appropriate label?), and find yourself in the Burbank-area, please give me a ring. Until then… see you in the parks.