By Zach Johnson
Kevin Rafferty, the brilliant and charismatic Imagineer who conceived, designed, wrote, and oversaw the creations of some of Disney Parks’ most memorable attractions and lands, has announced in a memo to staff that he will retire from Walt Disney Imagineering, effective April 1, 2021. His end date is not an April Fool’s joke, he assures us in an…
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…
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 first…
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 Zone…
By Max Lark
Had his Disney career ended with what he accomplished as an animator, Marc Davis would be considered one of the greatest artists in Disney history. But in 1962, Walt Disney moved Davis from Walt Disney Feature Animation to WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering), where he would become a driving force behind the designs of some of the most iconic…
By Courtney Potter
Hear all about the brand-new World of Color show, and find out about the return of Disney Channel’s Star Wars Resistance… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!
Disney California Adventure Park Scares Up Brand-New Look at Villainous!
We’re fairly huge fans of all things Halloween ’round…
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
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…
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…
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…