About Chris Runco
Chris Runco has worked in the theme park industry for over 35 years. He began as a portrait artist on Main Street at Disneyland, and later joined Walt Disney Imagineering as a model builder. Over the years, he has lead show design teams on a multitude of projects in the U.S. and overseas, including the Typhoon Lagoon waterpark in Florida, Grizzly River Run raft ride in California, and Monsters, Inc. Ride ‘n Seek attraction in Tokyo. He has also worked on several films as a concept designer, as well as designed traveling music concerts. He is currently a concept designer and art director for WDI. He has designed everything that goes in a theme park, from major attractions to penny-press machines. He is also an award-winning editorial cartoonist, and enjoys plein air watercolor painting in his spare time.
Little Known Fact: Chris is also into swing dancing- East Coast style, West Coast, and Lindy Hop!
Chris is hoping to help his mentees gain insight into the theme park and themed environment (i.e., zoos, museums, restaurants etc.) design industry as well as jump to the next skill level and help them develop portfolio pieces. He would like to take a two-pronged approach: first, discussing the profession and passing along information about the industry and the design process; and second, assignments to practice and improve on the necessary skills.
Maximum Number of Mentees: 2
Maximum Distance: US
Language(s): English only
Preferred Meeting Times: Early evening, or a lunch hour near Burbank or Glendale, CA. Weeknights and Saturdays could be arranged as well if the mentee lives outside Los Angeles.