DREAMFINDERS: Imagineer Kevin Rafferty on 40 Years of Making Theme Park Magic

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Kevin Rafferty started his Disney career at the bottom washing dishes at the Plaza Inn, but before too long he found himself over at WED assisting the first generation of Imagineers. But Kevin was eager to make his own mark and eventually, as a show writer and developer for Imagineering himself, he would certainly do that.

Love the Tower of Terror? That was his idea. Not only that, but Kevin would, over a 40 year career with Disney, go on to write and develop such iconic wonders as Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Test Track, Toy Story Midway Mania, It’s Tough to Be A Bug, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Rockin Roller Coaster and that’s just to name a few.

Kevin sits down Nathan to talk about his new autobiography – Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career. They also discuss tons of attractions he pitched that never saw the light of day, that time he pulled off a heist to save Disney history with the voice of Mickey Mouse himself Jimmy McDonald, and how he ended up pitching Carsland before he even knew Pixar was making a film about cars.

Kevin’s new autobiography “Magic Journey” is available all books are sold including Amazon, Disney, and Books-a-Million.

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About the author

Nathan Hartman

A sunshine state resident, Nathan is an avid Disney parks wonk as well as a university film professor.

Twitter: @somestuffisaid

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