Joyce Carlson with posing with a remarkably similar “it’s a small world” doll.

From Ink and Paint to Imagineering: The Remarkable Career of Joyce Carlson

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives Disney Legend Joyce Carlson began her impressive career with The Walt Disney Company in 1944, in the studio traffic department, where she was responsible for delivering mail and other items like pencils, brushes, or coffee to animators and artists. “Traffic was where you could get the lay of the …

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There’s really no…

“There’s really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting. At WED, we call it Imagineering—the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.” -Walt Disney

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EXPO 2015 celebrates Shanghai Disney Resort

Parks Celebrate 60 Years of Innovation

The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts show floor pavilion will give D23 EXPO 2015 guests a look into the much-anticipated Shanghai Disney Resort … as well as a preview of the Avatar project coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plus, in addition to the previously announced Hall D23 presentation on Saturday, August …

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Don Edgren

Don Edgren

Don led the Imagineering engineering team for New Orleans Square and Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, while also participating in the initial master planning for Walt Disney World in Florida.

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Neil Gallagher

Neil Gallagher

“Every project leader wanted Neil on their team because he always solicited ideas and new solutions from his co-workers,” Marty Sklar once reflected. “Neil understood that leadership requires trusting and empowering your teammates.”

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Leota Toombs Thomas

Leota Toombs Thomas

The millions of guests that have explored the shadowy confines of the Haunted Mansion have seen Leota “Lee” Toombs Thomas—or at least the likeness of her face. She appears as Madame Leota, the disembodied head that speaks from inside a crystal ball.

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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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