- Jul 27, 2015
A&D is an “outdated” term for the team within Universal Entertainment that creates HHN, Mardi Gras, Grinchmas, parades, etc. Several years ago, the name changed to “Creative Development” but, for the fans, A&D stuck around as a short-hand.Was doing some research about working for Universal Creative and HHN and thought I should check here (I have been following the HHN threads since 2020). I'm a Junior majoring in mechanical engineering with an aerospace concentration and I'm going to be starting my masters next fall. My is to be a creative designer and engineer for theme parks or haunted attractions.
Reading through this thread the two main points I came across where networking and majoring in design or production. I love my major and don't want to go back to college so that is out. So harping on point one, how can I find and network with people involved with HHN? Also I noticed the term "A&D" (art and design) used a lot here, is that a specific division in Universal creative?
Any tips or advice would be really appreciated!
Regarding how to network, their are three decent ways that will vary in their success:
1) Entry-level, supervisory job in Universal Entertainment. Getting a job of that type will get you infrequent opportunities to engage with the A&D team.
2) Slice Network -https://slicecreativenetwork.com/
It’s for freelancers, but it was created by people in Orlando to facilitate theme parks more than anything. This is what Universal uses to find new design freelancers for a lot of their stuff.
3) Cold introductions - Probably the least effective method, but it still has its uses. Just reach out to Universal (or an A&D member) directly, explain who you are, what you’re doing, and see what insight anyone can give you.