• Imagineering
    Former Imagineer Skip Lange has Passed Away

    10/14/16: from WDI Communications: We’re sad to share that former Imagineer Skip Lange passed away Oct. 14. Skip joined Imagineering in 1970 as a dimensional designer, and went on to be a field designer on several attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park. During the creation of Epcot he was the production designer for […]

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    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 […]

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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!

    By Mark Hickson: Today marks Disneylands 60th anniversary of being open to the public. But it really all started back on December 21, 1952.  Originally known as WED (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises, it was   located in a non-descript building at 1401 Flower Street in Glendale, Close enough to steal talent for the Burbank Studios but […]

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    Disney Legend Blaine Gibson Dies At 97

    According to the Walt Disney Family Museum Legendary Disney animator and sculptor Blaine Gibson, who designed some of the most iconic images in the company’s theme parks around the world, died on Sunday. He was 97. Gibson worked alongside Walt Disney during the development of Disneyland, and his sculptures were used to create the faces […]

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    Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy died today in his Bel Air home from final complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his wife Susan. He was best known for his role as ‘Spock’ in the original Star Trek series (1966–69), and in multiple film, television and video game sequels. Leonard’s Disney projects included: Directed the 1987 comedy […]

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    Big Hero 6 & Ratatouille Win VES Awards

    Big Hero 6 swept the animated feature categories at the 13th annual Visual Effects Awards, at the Beverly Hilton. Big Hero 6 also won the most trophies. It scored five awards, including the Animation in an Animated Feature (VES’s equivalent of best animated feature); Models in any Motion Media Project; Created Environment in an Animated […]

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    In-Depth Analysis of Major Changes Set for Tokyo Disneyland

    Following on heels of the opening of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, Oriental Land Company (OLC), the majority owner of the Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announce major changes and expansion of their two parks. Yesterday OLC announced a 500 billion yen level of investment in their two theme parks over the next ten years. All attraction […]