Tag: Walt Disney Imagineering

Lead Imagineer and Hawaiian Joe Rohde Discusses Disney’s Aulani

Lead Imagineer and Hawaiian Joe Rohde Discusses Disney’s Aulani

| October 25, 2011 | 2 Replies

In August, Disney opened its first hotel outside mainland USA not associated with a theme park.  Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is a stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property located in Hawaii.  Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde was one of the lead designers of the new resort, and took time to talk with the DIS Unplugged about [...]

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Retired Imagineer Marty Sklar Reflects on Walt Disney World’s 40th

Retired Imagineer Marty Sklar Reflects on Walt Disney World’s 40th

| October 18, 2011 | Reply

Saturday October 1, 2011, Walt Disney World turned 40 years old and celebrated the opening of Florida’s Magic Kingdom.  Disney Legend Marty Sklar, retired Executive Vice President and Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering, was involved throughout the design, planning and opening of Walt Disney World, and reflected with the DIS Unplugged on his experience.  Continue after [...]

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Video: More Details Released for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Video: More Details Released for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

| October 12, 2011 | 1 Reply

Disney announced the anticipated opening dates for their new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  The 26th Disney hotel will open in phases with the Finding Nemo wing first to open on May 31, 2012.  The remaining three wings will come online throughout the course of year: Cars wing – July 2012 Lion King wing – September 2012 Little Mermaid wing [...]

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Walt Disney World’s 40th: We Built this City on Cold Coors Beer

Walt Disney World’s 40th: We Built this City on Cold Coors Beer

| October 11, 2011 | Reply

At this summer’s Disney D23 Expo, Marty Sklar, retired Executive Vice President and Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering, hosted a panel titled “Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering.”  The panel included Bob Gurr, Don Iwerks, Alice Davis, Orlando Ferrante, and current Imagineer Kim Irvine (daughter of Disney Legend Leota Toombs).  They reflected on the 40th anniversary [...]

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Disney Announces Avatar Themed Land Coming to Animal Kingdom

Disney Announces Avatar Themed Land Coming to Animal Kingdom

| September 20, 2011 | 9 Replies

A surprise came from Burbank, CA when Disney Parks announced a partnership with Fox Entertainment and James Cameron to bring the world of Avatar to the Disney themeparks worldwide.  The first such venture will be an Avatar themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World with construction to commence in 2013.  Continue after [...]

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Treasure Island / Discovery Island: A Look Back

Treasure Island / Discovery Island: A Look Back

| September 8, 2011 | 4 Replies

Sail the Seven Seas of Walt Disney World to an island filled with tropical beauty, colorful birds, and the mystery Ben Gunn’s buried treasure. And so began the adventure that awaited guests on Treasure Island. Opening on April 8, 1974, Treasure Island was a place for guests to observe various forms of wildlife, as well [...]

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Imagineers Preview Show For Disney Fantasy’s Animator’s Palate

Imagineers Preview Show For Disney Fantasy’s Animator’s Palate

| August 31, 2011 | 1 Reply

On the final day of Disney’s D23 Expo, Walt Disney Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bob Zalk presented “Imagineering the Dream and the Fantasy: Designing for Disney Cruise Line.”  They discussed how they used their background in animation and theme park design to create a 3D storytelling experience to captivate an audience for 3-7 days.  One of the [...]

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