Tag: Disney Imagineering

EPCOT Renovations and Upcoming Attractions

So EPCOT is in the process of going through a MASSIVE transformation. Future World is currently a giant construction zone. Personally, I have been in a love/hate relationship with EPCOT for a while now, as all of my favorites from the OG EPCOT are either gone (RIP Horizons) or ghosts of their former selves (I

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Imagineer Spotlight: Leota Toombs….and Family

There is one Imagineer you know very well, only you might not realize you know her. Her name is Leota Toombs, and her story is amazing. It all started at Ink and Paint, which was only women. These women, though, had all the same skills as the men, but it was believed that animation could

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Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano

Let’s talk Mama Melrose! Located deep in the back of Hollywood Studios, outside the exit of MuppetVision3D, you’ll find an Italian Restaurant that seems….out of place. Well, it’s tucked in the back for a reason, and that reason is BACK STORY!!! You all know how much I love a back story! So here we go!!

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Harriet Burns: The First Lady of Imagineering

There have been many, many, many Imagineers over the years, and they have each played an integral role in the development of all things Disney Parks. But back in 1955, Harriet Burns became the first female Imagineer. She was known for her sleek styling, continually dressing in high heels and stylish skirts. This, naturally, made

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it’s a small world – May 28, 1966

Originally created for the 1964 World’s Fair, it’s a small world officially opened at Disneyland on May 28, 1966. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the song that will never leave your brain! iasm was the brainchild of Mary Blair, Marc and Alice Davis, and Rolly Crump, 4 legendary Imagineers. Mary did the styling and coloring, while the

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

So you think you know all about Big Thunder Mountain. Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Let’s take a deeper look. Big Thunder Mountain was originally meant to be a water ride, called Western River Expedition. Marc Davis, the Imagineer responsible for animatronics on Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more, designed the Western

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The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Part 3 – Theme Parks

So now you’ve heard the stories (Read Part 1 and Part 2!), now learn where to visit the places! It all started at Tokyo DisneySea at the Fortress Explorations, which serves as the official S.E.A. Headquarters and new member inductions. A plaque on the wall reads “We the Society of Explorers and Adventurers shall acquire

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The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Part 2 – Members

If you missed Part 1, the story of Pleasure Island, you can go back and read it here. Now for Part 2. Once the Imagineers decided to make S.E.A. an immersive story, they went all out. They created characters and stories, and eventually tied this story together in the theme parks all over the world.

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The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Part 1: Merriweather Adam Pleasure and Pleasure Island

I am a sucker for a great story, and that is just part of the reason why I love Disney Parks so much. My favorite stories are so real it’s hard to believe they’re made up by the amazing people known as Disney Imagineers. To tell this particular story, we need to go back in

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