|Active||2008 - 2009|
After the success of Disney's two-year-long Year of a Million Dreams campaign the vast machine cranked up again and brought forth What Will You Celebrate?
The intent of the campaign is to encourage people to celebrate life's special moments in a Disney-related way, and preferable at one of the parks or resorts. To support this, web applications were built to engage visitors in their desire to create an ideal event, visit, or vacation.
Someone gave me flat vector artwork.
It became this in about 5 minutes.
Superior-SDC in New York hooked me up with Disney in Glendale in May of 2008 while I was living on Oahu. Immediately I had to learn and use a complex cocktail of proprietary languages, software and systems.
Besides their content management system and version control software, the TEA language was an initial challenge. It's a Java-based presentation layer that processes CMS objects and renders HTML. Pretty straightforward eh? But since only Disney uses TEA there isn't a vast global support base to draw from. And the training documentation was scant. Despite this, I was soon cranking out pages like a barrista.
As of Novermber 2009, the Disney Parks home page is still the version I coded.
The crowd at Disney Parks & Resorts in Glendale was a good mix of youngish tech people and web-savvy business folks. Cubes and offices were adorned with artwork or Disney memorabilia. At the time, posters and merchandise for WALL-E and Bolt decorated the office areas. Ubiquitous images of all the classic characters ? plus all the new Pixar creations ? were used on every new page, or featured on project documentation and proprietary software.
As part of the development team I was involved in a wide variety of project teams from planning and scoping, technical considerations, developing user journeys and wireframes, creating the design and layouts, building the pages and integrating content, then QA, bug fixing, troubleshooting and launch. Everyone churned along at a furious pace during the campaign.
Over time the new web applications we built were translated into other languages and a large bulk of work was building these foreign language sections in the CMS. For these repetitive, time consuming tasks I devised more efficient batch methods for creating and managing bulk CMS objects. After continuous success I authored documentation for later generations.
Once the What Will You Celebrate extravaganza had launched and all the new bugs worked out of it, I was tapped for a variety of projects creating new pages and troubleshooting exotic issues for Kong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Resort.
Disney World products list page. Visitors select their celebration and filter all products and events associated with it. This page went through several design revisions. The final product may have even looked different than this.
The Disneyland version of the previous page, with products and events specific to that location. Although Disney Parks is its own brand, these pages followed their park's brand.