• Imagineering
    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 […]

  • Imagineering
    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 […]

  • Imagineering
    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 […]

  • Imagineering
    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 […]

  • Imagineering
    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 […]

  • Imagineering
    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 […]

  • Attractions
    Imagineers Taking a Tour in 1994

    Here is the Walt Disney Imagineering’s Honey, I Shrunk the Audience creative and production team taking a break during a walk through of the Great Movie Ride. It’s January 1994, and the team has flown out from Glendale to survey and research the lights, projection, sound, and effects equipment installed in Captian Eo, Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision […]

  • Animal Kingdom
    Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life Model

    Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life concept model at “Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream” in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Made at Walt Disney Imagineering, take some time to look at it’s detail, then visit the real Tree of Life to see it come to life! See if you can find the Gorilla, Crab, Snail, Flamingo, and Armadillo […]

  • ABC
    Scuttlebutt – a Magical Movie and a Scandal

    ‘Scandal’ Actor Charged in Felony Battery Case Actor Columbus Short, best known for his role as Harrison Wright on ABC’s hit drama series “Scandal,” was arrested on Wednesday on a felony battery charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. Short, 31, was involved in a March 15 incident where he was alleged to have punched […]