Thanks to Disney Parks Blog, we have the next installment from their Women Behind the Magic series for the development of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This installment features Kristina Dewberry, who is the Construction Manager for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort. She has over 20 years of onsite construction experience and has been in Walt Disney Imagineering for almost 10 years. In her role, she manages the site logistics and ensures the safety and efficiency across the site.
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“My brother and I each got a tool belt, a pouch full of nails and a measuring tape. Dad taught us how to measure twice, cut once, Mom taught us the fine art of painting and my little sister brought us lemonade,” she shared. “Looking back, it was the tiniest little shed, but it lasted for years and it gave us a sense of pride that we all made it together.”
She expanded upon her experience and enjoys being a problem solver and bringing people together across the project. She leads a wide variety of tasks and work that takes place.
“If you hear someone – or yourself – say ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it,’ you should take a step back,” she explains. “You shouldn’t be doing things the exact same way you did a year ago, but be taking in new technology and adding to your skillset.”
“To be asked to join the team creating this land really struck me as an epic adventure,” she says. “Walking through the land and watching the project grow from the first day to now being a finished land, ready for guests, is an incredible feeling.”
Here is a look at her piece of wisdom and advice for those chasing their dreams:
“It’ll cost nothing to dream, and everything not to,” she shares. “If you see anything in the construction field that you find interesting, you owe it to yourself to find out more. Find an ally, someone to help you get started on your search. Construction may not be for you – but it just might be the most rewarding work you’ll ever do.”
Congrats to Kristina on her amazing career!
Photo and Source Credit: Disney Parks Blog