Category Archives: Imagineer

Legendary Disney Animator and Imagineer Francis Xavier ‘X’ Atencio Passes Away at Age 98

From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Erin Glover Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passed away on September 10 at the age of 98. X was responsible for helping bring to life a number of beloved Disney Parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia. Born on September 4, 1919, in Wal Continue Reading

Walt Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Has Passed Away

From D23 Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday. He was 83. During an illustrious career spanning 54 years, Marty worked closely with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating, enhancing and expanding Disney’s creative vision. Named a Disney Legend in 2001, he is best remembered and revered by fans around the world for his work bringing Disne Continue Reading

Disney Legends

  There are so many people behind Disney that helped to create the magic we hold so dear to our hearts. As you have seen in recent articles, Disney finds creative ways to pay tributes, like tombstones, crypts, and windows on Main Street, USA. Most of them are paying tribute to Disney Legends, but what is a Disney Legend? The Disney Legend program is a hall of fame that recognizes those that made an extraordin Continue Reading

Disney Legend Marty Sklar On the One Little Spark Needed to Become an Imagineer

From the Disney Insider Since we were very young, the word Imagineer has conjured forth the image of people capable of creating impossible visions of fantasy worlds and futuristic landscapes. These were the architects of dreams, builders of unrealities-part magician, part technological tinkerer. They were the chosen ones, who constructed things that seemed otherworldly in their complexity and imaginativeness. Of c Continue Reading

Longtime Disney sculptor Blaine Gibson dies at 97

By Mark Eades Staff Writer with the OCRegister Disney Imagineer Blaine Gibson, who sculpted everything from pirates to presidents, has died, according to the Walt Disney Family Museum, he was 97. “Disney Imagineer and Legend Blaine Gibson works on his sculpture of President Ronald Reagan for the Walt Disney World attraction “Hall of Presidents.” Photo Courtesy: The Disneyland Resort.” Gibson Continue Reading

Behind the Scenes of Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering

From Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort and posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Matterhorn Bobsleds recently reopened at Disneyland park, following a refurbishment that brought many new creative elements to this classic attraction – including a whole new look for its most famous resident, the Abominable Snowman. In the video below, Walt Disney Imagineering takes us for a behind-the-scenes look Continue Reading

Do You Know Of The Hatbox Ghost?

While riding the Haunted Mansion recently, we talked about the Hatbox Ghost and how great the legend of the character is.  Sometime ago, Michele wrote this article describing the history of the character and why we don’t see him in today’s mansion tour.  Enjoy!! Obviously, I’m a Disney Fanatic. I have been since I was 5 years old. Until recently, I was more of a pop culture kind of girl. I knew a l Continue Reading

Disney Imagicademy Takes Innovative Approach to Make Learning a Family Experience

From the Disney Insider blog: Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and apps and a division of Disney Consumer Products (DCP), has recently unveiled Disney Imagicademy. Disney Imagicademy is a new technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8 to encourage children to learn by creating, doing and making. Disney Imagicademy offers paren Continue Reading

The Western River Expedition

In 1971 when Walt Disney World opened it contained much of the beloved rides and attractions that we still have today. There was The Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World. Peter Pan and The Jungle Cruise were also present. But there was no Pirates of the Caribbean. How could a ride that was so popular with guest today not be included in the original concept? At the time of designing the Imagineers thought that Continue Reading

Disney’s MyMagic+ Honored with ‘Innovation by Design’ Award

Congratulations to Disney for receiving an award for MyMagic+. Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks reported the news on the Disney Parks Blog. We’re pleased to share that MyMagic+ – our collection of tools taking the guest experience to the next level at theWalt Disney World Resort – was recently honored with an “Innovation by Design” award by the popular magazine and website, Fast Company. Continue Reading

Happy Birthday To X. Atencio!!!

On this day, back in 1919, Imagineer Xavier “X” Atencio is born in Walsenburg, Colorado.  Do you know who X. Atencio is exactly? Even if you are unsure of the name, I promise you know some of the many things he accomplished. Here is his Disney Legend Bio: Walt Disney valued multi-talented artists like Xavier “X” Atencio, who helped animate Disney classics, including Fantasia, and later developed Continue Reading