• Imagineering
    Layoffs at Imagineering

    Representatives for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) have confirmed layoffs at the Glendale, CA facility but have declined to specify how many employees were let go. They stated that the percentage was in the “low single digits,” with no one in senior staff is affected. “Walt Disney Imagineering is a project–based organization, and we continually evaluate and adjust our […]

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    Tower of Terror to be Re-Themed to Guardians of the Galaxy

    Walt Disney Imagineering announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure will get a “Guardians of the Galaxy” treatment in time for the May 2017 release of the film’s sequel. Mission: Breakout, as the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride will be known, will take visitors on […]

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    Walt Disney Imagineering 4th of July Party

    By Mark Hickson: If I remember it right we had Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Watermelon, Cotton-Candy, Pop-corn, Root Beer, Lemonade, and Pie. It was themed like a country fair with booths, games of chance, and a dunk tank. There was also horseshoe tossing, contests, and photo ops with classic cars & Disney characters. It started at lunch and […]

  • Cast Members
    Lost And Found!

    Look what these Disneyland parade marshals have found, a lost boy! The young lady who found him is holding his hand while the gentleman from Disneyland security is here to find out who he is. Once his interview is over she helps walk the little boy over to the Lost & Found room at the park’s […]

  • Cast Members
    Kidcot Fun Stops

    Kidcot Fun Stops are craft stations for kids 3 to 6. Located in World Showcase pavilions, it is a fun way to “travel the world” while drawing, writing, and stamping too. Kids get to meet Cast Members from different countries and learn about their customs. Kidcot Fun Stops are at: Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos) Norway Pavilion (The Puffin’s Roost) […]

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    Frank Armitage, Veteran Disney Artist, Passes At 91

    Frank Armitage , renowned Disney layout and background artist on such classic Disney films as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Jungle Book,” and a longtime Disney Imagineer who contributed murals and designs to a wide range of theme parks all over the world, passed away on Monday (1/4/16) at his home in Paso Robles, […]

  • Disney Stories
    In Tribute to Walt Disney 1901-1966

    By Mark Hickson: Forty nine years ago Walt Disney passed away. Below is his last official portrait that hung in my office when I was an Imagineer. I always referred to him as ‘Uncle Walt’ as he was the uncle I always wanted, but never had. He never knew it, but besides my father, he was the […]

  • D23
    D23: Shanghai Disneyland Attraction Maquettes

    Walt Disney didn’t see himself being pigeonholed in the animation world for his entire life. In fact, he had a vision to create a wonderful world beyond the painted cell. He wanted to elevate amusement parks to an art form and to create Utopian cities. Today, the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) team is in charge […]