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D23 Inside Disney Episode 53 | EPCOT Updates with Walt Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley

New holiday traditions coming to Walt Disney World Resort, the untold origins of Olaf, Halloween with D23, Dancing with the Stars’ celebrity cast, The Mandalorian gets season two debut, Trevor Tordjman to join BUNK’D, Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween set, and an update on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland. Plus, Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley shares news from EPCOT, favorites and gems from …

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The Imagineering Story

How Disney+’s The Imagineering Story Celebrates Walt Disney’s Legacy

By Zach Johnson It’s no secret that making Disney magic is in Leslie Iwerks’ DNA. The daughter of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and the granddaughter of Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, the Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker has been telling behind-the-scenes stories about The Walt Disney Company’s history for two decades, starting with the 1999 release of her …

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A Look into Imagineer Kevin Rafferty’s Magical Journey

By Savannah Salazar Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty gives readers a look behind the magic. Looking back on his storied 40-year career, Rafferty chronicles the magic of developing dimensional storytelling experiences for Disney Park guests around the world. From Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks to Cars Land, Toy Story Mania, and The Twilight …

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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 …

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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 Imagineering …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Your Disney Questions Answered—by Disney Legend Dave Smith

By D23 Team Disney fans pride themselves on their knowledge of Disney’s legendary films, theme parks, and much more, but even the most knowledgeable Disney fan is bound to have a question or two. From easy to obscure, there’s one Disney expert who has almost all the answers––and if he doesn’t, he knows where to …

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Bob Mattey: Master of Mechanical Magic

By Becky Cline Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life. …

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Haunted Mansion

Celebrating Frights and Delights at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

This story is excerpted from a piece originally published in the Fall 2009 issue of Disney twenty-three. If you like what you read, become a D23 Gold Member to receive the Disney twenty-three quarterly publication for more fascinating stories about all the worlds of Disney. By Ed Squair To this day, more than four decades …

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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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Frozen Ever After Concept Art

The Epcot Insider’s Guide to Frozen Ever After

By Steven Vagnini For the first time in forever, Epcot welcomes two exciting Frozen experiences to the Norway pavilion in World Showcase! These all-new attractions, which premiered June 21, serve as the latest example of what Walt Disney Imagineering does best: creating amazing environments and immersing guests in memorable stories. In Frozen Ever After, guests …

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Bob Gurr

23 Moving Questions With Bob Gurr

Bob Gurr remains a man on the move while his creative accomplishments as a Disney Imagineer continue to transport people around the world… literally. Energy. That’s the first thing you sense about Bob. This is abundantly evident during a visit on the shaded patio of The Big D commissary at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) in …

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Disney Details: Sit Back and Imagine

Imagine an image of striking contrasts—land and water, sunlight and shade. An open-air structure hovers over a sparkling pool, the extended span of its roof providing shade so calming you can’t help but while away a few minutes—or hours—in its relaxing embrace. Photographer Gary Krueger snapped this shot at Walt Disney Imagineering’s campus in Glendale, …

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Whistle While They Work—Spotlight on Dream Disney Jobs

Some kids grow up drawing Disney characters and know they want to be Disney animators. Sometimes a first visit to a Disney park is all it takes to spark a young guest toward a career as a Disney Imagineer. But the world of Disney is as vast as fans’ imaginations, and we’ve uncovered some jobs …

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Carving Out Halloween Fun!

With the help of some pumpkin kings and queens at Disneyland, we’ve put together these tips to help you create your very own professional-looking jack-o’-lantern

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