NEWS: Mark Hickson to lecture at the University of Pittsburgh on November 7, 2016.


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Never Say It’s Impossible

Mark was an Imagineer during the “Disney Decade” which saw an unprecedented expansion of the company and its resources. On a daily basis new content was developed, new venues were located, and new technologies were explored to bring to the world the Disney theme park experience. Mark explored with the audience the creative and technical challenges faced by the Imagineering team and how these concepts that in the beginning seemed impossible to do, could become a reality.

Story in Ohio State’s “The Lantern.” and event photos on Facebook.

Letter of recommendation from Ohio State


Mark with the Ohio State University, OUAB event volunteers


NEWS: Mark Hickson speaks with University of Ohio – Lancaster, Communication Studies students.


Mark with University of Ohio – Lancaster students


NEWS: Mark Hickson speaks at the University of Florida – Gainesville, Reitz Union.

Making Magic

From Concept to Reality, learn how the Imagineering process “Makes Magic” on a daily basis. From story board artists to rockwork carvers, Mark explains who does what and how it’s orchestrated into a quality Disney experience.

These programs are designed to appeal to all college students but will have special educational significance for those studying in the following fields: Architecture, Art & Humanities, Business, Civil Engineering, Communication Arts, Creative Media, Digital Media, Electrical Engineering, English, Facilities Engineering, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Performing Arts, Project Management, and Theatre.

About Mark Hickson

Since leaving The Walt Disney Company, Mark has headed a video game company (Video Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year), a family entertainment production company (White House Internet Summit), a technology consultancy, launched a venture funded, a groundbreaking retail store, and was a stand-up comedian too (no joke). Mr. Hickson’s latest project is the website (DisneybyMark). It offers a fresh and unique news perspective to things Disney that only an ex-Imagineer can share.

Mark is also a director of the Disneyland Alumni Club, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

  • “Thank you again for coming to speak. We received only positive feedback from the UF community.  It was a great event for the University and I know it was an incredibly informational and motivational presentation for all of the students in attendance. Cheers, Victoria Jeter – Reitz Union, Director of Lecturers & Comedians, University Of Florida, Gainesville FL”
  • “Thank you so much for speaking tonight at UF. You were truly inspiring and the knowledge I gained about Disney was incredible. Kira K.”
  • “Thank you for the information that you provided and the opportunity to meet you. It was a pleasure. In my eyes, you are a legend to the Imagineering community, and it was a privilege to meet you and receive advice from you. I may not bleed as much “pixie dust” as you, but I hope to get there someday. Thanks to you I will be pursuing that career, and I will be going to Disney College Program Internship this summer. Hopefully we will meet again, so I can obtain more advice and wisdom. Mahalo and Thank You, Sincerely, Mohamad B.”
  • “Thank you for sharing all of the fun facts and information with Imagineering hopefuls and Disney nerds.  I would like to thank you for agreeing to visit UF and for sharing your experiences with eager students. Also, thank you for all the magic you have created for the Disneyland Parks and Walt Disney World that the world enjoys. Sincerely, Lexi D.”