Joe Rohde

Exclusive: Imagineer Joe Rohde Looks Back on 40 Years of Disney Magic

By Beth Deitchman

This week, Joe Rohde bids a fond farewell to Walt Disney Imagineering to embark on new adventures of his own. The legendary Imagineer is retiring after 40 incredible years with The Walt Disney Company, where he arrived in 1980 as a model designer at EPCOT, working as a sculptor on the Mexico pavilion. By his own admission, Rohde had little…

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Inside Disney

D23 Inside Disney Episode 69 | Imagineer Joe Rohde on 40 Magical Years at Disney

Shanghai Disney Resort unveils the logo for its fifth anniversary, Robo-Carts have arrived at Walt Disney World, ESPN’s first Wild Card MegaCast during NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend, D23’s new collector set to celebrate 50 years of the Walt Disney World Resort, new WandaVision news, and Lucasfilm debuts a trailer for Star Wars: The High Republic. Plus,…

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Joe Rohde

The Sole of Joe Rohde: A Walt Disney Imagineer’s Boots on the Ground

By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

In the archival world it is very rare to find a single object that can reveal a sweeping story all on its own. Recently, the Walt Disney Archives was honored to receive the donation of just such an asset—a pair of simple work boots that embody the legendary career of Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde.

Joe retired from…

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immersive worlds panel

Bringing the Immersive Worlds of Disney Parks to Life

By the D23 Team

It’s truly one of the most magnificent experiences ever… rounding a corner at a Disney park, and suddenly finding ourselves smack in the middle of a favorite story. Ever wonder how Walt Disney Imagineers continue Walt Disney’s legacy by shaping these whole new worlds right before our very eyes? In this D23 Expo panel, Immersive Worlds: Bringing…

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ABD Safari

Sala Kahle—Day 10 of Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa

By Robert Yoshioka

What an adventure this has been! Our safari into South Africa started with its glorious coast of inviting beaches and lush vineyards and concluded in the vast grasslands where many of the animal kingdom’s most majestic creatures roam.

Welcome to the Cradle of Mankind, the famed birthplace of man where some of the oldest hominid…

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ABD Safari

The Big 5—Day 9 of Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa

By Robert Yoshioka

This long necked friend kicked off a day of “lekker” (South African slang for fantastic or awesome) game drives!

Back at the lodge, we tried our hand at several ancient forms of native hunting – with the bow, blow darts and spear throwing as well as local beading crafts.

The day wrapped up with a very heartfelt…

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ABD Safari

Totally Trekkin’—Day 8 of Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa

By Robert Yoshioka

Our second morning of private game drives started with a delicious breakfast. Even in South Africa, #EverythingTastesBetterShapedLikeMickey!!

This morning we were on the look out for big cats returning from a night of hunting.

Early morning game drives are always worth getting up for. The sunrise over the bushveld is magnificent, and…

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ABD Safari

The Little 5—Day 7 of Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa

By Robert Yoshioka

Waking up early on vacation can sometimes be challenging, but not if you are scheduled for an exclusive, first-light game drive! Today’s theme was the “Little Five” – a take on the “Big Five” from the days of hunting. The “Big Five” was coined by the big game hunters to reference the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in…

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ABD Safari

Realm of the Lion King—Day 6 of Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa

By Robert Yoshioka

While we had to say goodbye to the Garden Route and our new monkey, bird and ellie friends in Knysna, we were buffered by the excitement of traveling to our new home for the next several days.

As we landed at our airfield (Fun Fact: It is a very long runway—at 13,094 feet long, it is the alternate runway for the Space Shuttle!) and saw our…

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ABD Safari

Nature’s Reserve—Day 5 of Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa

By Robert Yoshioka

Waking up at this lush resort really showcased why this region is called the Garden Route. Abundant rainfall and humid sea winds help to maintain this vibrant vegetation. Runoff carrying nutrients return to the sea enriching the Knsyna Lagoon and we were excited to quickly eat breakfast and begin our nature hike in the recently reopened…

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