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Disneyland’s First Female Imagineer Helped Create Your Favorite Attractions

By Jocelyn Buhlman

When we think of classic Disneyland attractions, many minds wander to haunted houses, salty old pirates, and children of the world. One Imagineer had a hand in bringing all of them to life: Disney Legend Harriet Burns, the first woman ever hired by Walt Disney Imagineering in a creative capacity.

A “Model” Imagineer
This March,…

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WDI Imaginations Design Competition

See the Amazing Concepts that Won Imagineering’s Imaginations Design Competition!

By Beth Deitchman

Have you ever dreamed of being an Imagineer? For more than 25 years, Walt Disney Imagineering has given college students the opportunity to design innovative and entertaining projects, present them to Imagineering executives, and enjoy a look behind the magic at Imagineering headquarters in Glendale, California. The late Disney Legend and…

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A Legendary Group of Imagineers

Assembling outside WED Enterprises (renamed Walt Disney Imagineering in 1986): L-R: Herb Ryman, Ken O’Brien, Collin Campbell, Marc Davis, Al Bertino, Wathel Rogers, Mary Blair, T. Hee, Blaine Gibson, X. Atencio, Claude Coats, Yale Gracey. These remarkably talented Imagineers—each began their careers in Disney animation—kept alive the creative legacy Walt…

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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 pursue a…

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Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering

D23 Expo 2017 Highlights: Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering

During the Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering panel at D23 Expo 2017, Disney fan John Stamos spoke with legendary Imagineers, Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and Wayne Jackson, to celebrate the many remarkable men and women who achieved Walt Disney’s dreams of Disneyland and beyond. See highlights of the fascinating conversation below.

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Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson began his career as an Imagineer in October 1965, and in the decades that followed he would put his technical skill and know-how to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world.

Wayne was the first employee of MAPO—Walt Disney Imagineering’s manufacturing and production arm. Originally trained in aircraft…

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Celebrate 20 years of Hercules, 80 years of Snow White, and more at D23 Expo

By D23 Team

Can you believe we’re just five weeks away from D23 Expo 2017? We’ve already shared some of the exciting panels, presentations, and performances coming to the three-day event, but as D23 Expo veterans know, there’s so much more to explore!

From Mousequerade to the making of Hercules, there’s a lot in store during the three-day ultimate Disney…

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Disney Legends for 2017

Here Are the New Legends Who Will Be Honored at D23 Expo

By D23 Team

The Disney Legends Award ceremony is one of many highlights during D23 Expo, and we’re excited to share this year’s class of legendary honorees! Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Disney Legends Award was first given to Fred MacMurray in 1987, and has since honored 276 Disney Legends (including this year’s honorees). “The Disney…

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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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Poster Art of Cars

Get Revved Up for an Exclusive First Look at the Poster Art of Cars

By Jocelyn Buhlman

While we continue racing toward the June 16 opening of the animated feature Cars 3, we’re taking a side trip into the immersive Cars universe via the upcoming book Poster Art of Cars: Collecting More Than a Hundred Posters and Graphics from Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

D23 has an exclusive look at some of the…

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