Walt Disney Imagineering inspirations

6 Imagineers Share the Disney Experiences that Led Them to Their Dream Jobs

By Nicole Nalty Walt Disney Imagineering celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, and with it, 65 years of unbelievable experiences, unparalleled storytelling, and unforgettable memories for Disney fans across the globe. To celebrate the occasion, we asked a few of the men and women behind the magic to share which Disney experiences inspired them to …

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female imagineers

9 Inspirational Disney Imagineers

By Courtney Potter D23 celebrates Women’s History Month with a look at some of the talented women bringing Disney magic to life at Walt Disney Imagineering. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week—celebrating, as he said at the time, the “achievements, leadership, …

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Captain Hook at Disneyland

Captain Hook

The nefarious Captain Hook, nemesis of Peter Pan, poses for a photo in front of Skull Rock at Disneyland in 1962. Skull Rock and the pirate ship were Fantasyland mainstays from 1960 until 1982, with the latter hosting the Guest-favorite Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant until 1969. NEW! Visit DisneyPhotoArchives.com to order this and …

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Dead Man's Chest from Pirates of the Caribbean

23 Disney Details You Will Love at Shanghai Disney Resort

by Jeffrey Epstein Shanghai Disney Resort is truly larger than life. From the dazzling Enchanted Storybook Castle (the largest castle in any Disney park) and the imposing Roaring Mountain (home to the beastly Q’aráq) with its gushing waterfalls, to the heart-stopping TRON Lightcycle Power Run and spectacular Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken …

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Day 2: Shanghai Disney Resort – A Fan’s Eye View

By Jeffrey Epstein D23 is celebrating the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort and bringing you along with us on an exclusive tour of this breathtaking new resort! Our second installment takes you into Shanghai Disneyland through Mickey Avenue, Treasure Cove, Fantasyland, and more. For the first installment, featuring the Shanghai Disney Resort hotels and Disneytown, …

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D23 favorite moments

Fan-Favorite Moments for D23’s Seventh Anniversary

Happy Seventh anniversary, D23! As of today—March 10, 2016—it’s been seven fabulous years since The Official Disney Fan Club became a part of the Disney family, and we’ve asked fans to vote on their favorite moments throughout the history of D23. Whether it’s attending a classic movie screening event, receiving the beautiful Disney twenty-three publication …

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Anthony, Tomah, Wisconsin

There were two early boxed sets of four Disney books that are fondly remembered. They had enormous sales through mail-order campaigns. The initial set, from 1965, was called The Wonderful Worlds of Walt Disney, with the individual titles being Fantasyland, Worlds of Nature, America, and Stories from Other Lands. The next set (1970, 1977) was …

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New Details for Shanghai Disneyland Revealed

Today The Walt Disney Company revealed exciting new details about Shanghai Disneyland, Disney’s first theme park in Mainland China—scheduled to open in spring 2016. The park will feature six themed lands, innovative attractions, and immersive entertainment designed especially for Chinese guests. At a presentation held today at the Shanghai Expo Centre, Disney Chairman and CEO …

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photo of Walt and Lillian Disney cutting dedication ribbon at Disneyland

Disney’s Unforgettable Ribbon Cuttings

Over the years, any number of rides, shows, and celebrations have kicked off their debuts with a pair of oversized scissors and the participation of Disney characters and celebrities—or even Walt himself!

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Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson

His first feature assignment was as art director for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; to help other animators visualize the film’s settings dimensionally, Ken built models of the Dwarfs’ cottage. Even Dopey’s memorable wiggling ears were inspired by his own ability to do so.

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