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Field Session

FS-001 - Disneyland Resort: Behind the Magic of Placemaking

Friday, October 20
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM


The Disneyland Resort’s iconic landscapes have been an integral part of the guest experience for more than 60 years. Learn how Disney Imagineers and horticulture team members work together to design, develop, and maintain compelling outdoor spaces. Learn how Disney landscape professionals support storytelling through the highly collaborative process of placemaking.

$195 per person; includes transportation, bottled water, and catered lunch. Extensive walking.

Tickets may be purchased at the time of registration.

Learning Objectives:

Jennifer M. Mok

Landscape Architecture Executive
Walt Disney Imagineering

Jennifer has 28 years of experience in master planning, architecture, transportation design, and theme park design and construction. Since joining WDI in 1996, she has been on the design and field teams for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s California Adventure, and Hong Kong Disneyland. More recently, she was the principal landscape architect for Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure and Fantasyland at the newly-opened Shanghai Disneyland.


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Julie M. Bush

Principal Landscape Architect
Walt Disney Imagineering

Julie began her Disney career at Imagineering in 1991 and later joined the WDI staff at the Disneyland Park office in 1993, where she mentored under Disney Legends Bill Evans and John Hench. Julie is responsible for design and site construction oversight for all Disneyland Resort area development capital work. She led the design and installation of Disneyland’s 10-year Resort-wide paving plan. Julie regularly visits Tokyo Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Aulani Resort to assist on area development show quality issues.


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Russell E. Larsen

Principal Landscape Architect
Walt Disney Imagineering

Russell has over 27 years’ experience within multi-disciplinary firms with an emphasis on large-scale master planning, park and recreation projects and resort development. Russell has been with WDI for 15 years, where he has been involved with projects from conception through final construction phases. His most-recent projects include field art direction for the Carsland expansion at DCA and Pandora—the World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


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Phil J. Schenkel

Principal Landscape Architect
Walt Disney Imagineering

Phil has worked at WDI for 25 years. During that time he has worked on the design and construction of multiple Disney theme parks and theme park attractions in California, Florida and around the world. His work experience spans from planning and concept designs to hands-on completion of construction documentation, specification writing and has logged extensive hours on the construction site providing art direction and quality assurance.


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Adam A. Schwerner

Director of Horticulture/Resort Enhancement
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Adam came to the Disneyland Resort in early 2014 from Chicago, where he was the Director of the Chicago Park District’s newly-formed multidisciplinary Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, where Adam spearheaded the Park District’s initiatives to forge bold, inclusive connections between the arts and Chicago’s neighborhoods. He is past president of the Chicago Parks Foundation, and served at a number of other Chicago-based councils & committees. Prior to his extensive work in Chicago, he spent 12 years working at the NY Botanical Garden.


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FS-001 - Disneyland Resort: Behind the Magic of Placemaking

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