Walt Disney Imagineering and D23 Celebrate 20 Years of Disney California Adventure

From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeffrey Epstein

Adventure is out there—Disney California Adventure, that is! And D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is joining forces with the creative talents at Walt Disney Imagineering for a special member event: D23 x Walt Disney Imagineering Magical Milestones – Disney California Adventure Park 20th Anniversary. This is the first in a series of milestones that D23 and WDI will be partnering to celebrate, and each event will feature a grand gathering of Imagineers who will take guests on a journey spanning everything from park origins and history, to beautiful artwork and storytelling, to plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that introduce some of the fascinating people that bring our favorite places to life.

The Imagineering Story creator, Leslie Iwerks, hosts this special event, which starts with Walt Disney Imagineering president Bob Weis revisiting the park’s origins as Disneyland’s humble parking lot through opening day and its earliest additions. Over the next 90 minutes, guests will enjoy hearing about two decades of growth an expansion from Cars Land, World of Color, and Buena Vista Street to Pixar Pier, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and the upcoming Avengers Campus—including a peak behind the curtain at the highly anticipated land, and inside the exciting new attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

Joining Iweks and Weis are a cornucopia of creatives from Walt Disney Imagineering past and present including:

  • Steven Davison, Executive Parades & Spectaculars
  • Scot Drake, Portfolio Creative Executive
  • Tom Fitzgerald, Portfolio Creative Executive
  • Roger Gould, Creative Director of Franchise Management and Parks Integration for Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Lynne Itamura, Executive Interior Design
  • Jeanette Lomboy, Site Portfolio Executive for the Disneyland Resort
  • Kathy Mangum, Retired Imagineering Executive
  • John Mauro, Portfolio Producer
  • Jeff Shaver-Moskowitz, Executive Producer
  • Tracey Noce, Concept Design Director
  • Kevin Rafferty, Executive Creative Director
  • Brent Strong, Executive Creative Director
  • Steve Spiegel, Executive Story Editor
  • Susana Tubert, Creative Director of Live Entertainment at the Disneyland Resort
  • Bob Weis, President of Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Claire Weiss, Creative Director

The event is complimentary for all D23 Gold Members and $10 for D23 General Members and will be available for viewing from March 10, 2021 at 4 p.m. PT through March 26, 2021 at 11:45 p.m. PT. For more details, visit D23.com.

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