In a 30 year career at Disneyland Paris, Tracy Eck has served in a variety of roles. Art Director since 2011, she is a highly accomplished lighting designer whose work can be seen across the resort’s two theme parks, most recently on the refurbished Autopia attraction at Disneyland Park.
Studying theatre design and French language and literature at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin respectively set her up for a career in themed entertainment. She joined the Imagineering department of what was then Euro Disney as a senior lighting designer in 1990 after 10 years working freelance.
“I like to think of lighting as the glue that pulls the different elements of an attraction together and makes it all coherent,” Eck told Designing Disney. “I love to take people into an attraction under work lights, turn the work lights off and turn the show lights on and let them see how it totally transforms the space. And that is what lighting does. It finishes the whole picture and makes the vision come true.”