Category Archives: Imagineer

Sneak Peek Inside the Gondolas at Walt Disney World

Sneak Peek Inside the Gondolas at Walt Disney World 1 Called the “most magical flight on Earth” by Dean Huspen, a principal architect with Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney gave a construction update and a sneak peek inside the gondolas yesterday. Opening later this fall, the Disney Skyliner, a system of 300 gondolas, will become the ‘monorails of the air’ according to the Orlando Sentinel. While in testing, the gondolas are wrapped in plastic f Continue Reading

Are you ready for Monday Foolish Mortals?

Are you ready for Monday Foolish Mortals? 3 Re-post to remind you that we will have Jason Surrell on our show tomorrow! Good evening Main Streeters, and welcome back to all you Foolish Mortals. It’s only fitting that my weekly Thursday blog should happen to fall on the 31st of the month, and Oh my Ghost Host!… There are only nine more months to Halloween [even though Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets are already on sale], and fo Continue Reading

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

Legendary Disney Animator and Imagineer Francis Xavier ‘X’ Atencio Passes Away at Age 98 9 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

Walt Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Has Passed Away 10 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

Disney Legends 12   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

Disney Legend Marty Sklar On the One Little Spark Needed to Become an Imagineer 13 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

Longtime Disney sculptor Blaine Gibson dies at 97 14 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?

Do You Know Of The Hatbox Ghost? 15 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

Disney Imagicademy Takes Innovative Approach to Make Learning a Family Experience 16 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

The Western River Expedition 17 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
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