Former Imagineering President Bob Weis Leading Gensler’s Entertainment Practice Area

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Former President of Walt Disney Imagineering Bob Weis will be leading the creation of Gensler’s new Entertainment Practice Area, he announced on Instagram Thursday. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bob Weis (@bobweis) Weis retired from Imagineering in early 2023 and then joined design and architecture firm Gensler as their Global Immersive … Read more

VIDEO: Disneyland Paris Imagineers Share First Look at Disneyland Hotel Sleeping Beauty Castle Chandelier and Princess-Inspired Suites

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Walt Disney Imagineering shared a new video of Imagineers discussing their inspiration and process for redesigning the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris. The Disneyland Hotel is undergoing a “royal transformation” and will reopen on January 25, 2024. The Lobby Art Director Sylvie Massara spoke about creating the hotel’s new lobby, which is inspired by the … Read more

PHOTOS: First Look at Louis Audio-Animatronic in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

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During this morning’s Disney Parks panel at Destination D23, Josh D’Amaro showed off the first look at the Louis animatronic that will be present in the upcoming attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. First Look at Louis Audio-Animatronic The animatronic is not fully finished, but you can see the top of Louis’ head. Here’s a wider shot … Read more

Zach Riddley Promoted to Walt Disney Imagineering Global Creative Strategy Executive

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Zach Riddley, the Imagineer who led the years-long overhaul of EPCOT, has been promoted to Global Creative Strategy Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. Riddley announced his promotion on LinkedIn. His previous job title was Portfolio Executive. In 2017, he was promoted to that position to oversee the EPCOT reimagining. In 2021, he also became Portfolio … Read more

VIDEO: Giant Prop from Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at EPCOT Gifted to ‘Phineas & Ferb’ Co-Creator

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Dan Povenmire, co-creator of the Disney animated series “Phineas & Ferb” (and voice of Dr. Doofenshmirtz) recently received quite the exciting gift from Walt Disney Imagineering — a giant prop from the former Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at EPCOT. A Piece of World Showcase at Home According to Povenmire, Walt Disney Imagineering reached out … Read more

VIDEO: Josh D’Amaro Walks on Future Lake at Walt Disney Studios Park Expansion in Disneyland Paris

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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared a quick video update on social media about the ongoing expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris — while walking on a shallow body of water that will one day be a lake. Josh D’Amaro Surveys Disneyland Paris Construction D’Amaro and President of Disneyland … Read more

Disney Creates AI Task Force to Explore Future Use for Movies, Theme Parks, and More

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The Walt Disney Company has assembled an AI task force to evaluate the future use of Artificial Intelligence in movies, theme parks, and more, according to Reuters. Disney AI Task Force Reuters notes that the task force was formed before the Writers’ Guild of America went on strike, partially due to the use of AI … Read more

Full Menus Released for Global Marketplaces, Merchandise, and Muppets Revealed for EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, Man Arrested for Groping Cast Member, & More: Daily Recap (7/7/23)

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We bring you a lot of stories every single day. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. So in case you missed anything from our feed, we have rounded up all our stories in one place to get the news at a glance. Here is your Daily Recap for Friday, July 7, 2023. Walt Disney World Magic … Read more

Walt Disney Imagineering Pitched An Update to Maelstrom Years Before Frozen Ever After at EPCOT

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Years ago, before Frozen Ever After was even a thought, before “Frozen” existed as a film, Imagineer Peter Carsillo was asked to take a look at the aging Maelstrom attraction in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT. The task: update the ride with a new creative vision. The Reimagined Maelstrom that Never Was Carsillo himself described … Read more

FIRST LOOK: Inside ‘Zootopia’ Land Opening This Year at Shanghai Disneyland

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A new photo has surfaced on social media showing a glimpse inside the upcoming ‘Zootopia’ land set to open in Shanghai Disneyland later this year. New Photo Inside Zootopia Land at Shanghai Disney Resort The image was shared via Twitter by user @_ultros, with the translated text “First image of the interior of the Zootopia … Read more

Imagineering and Cast Members Visit Journey of Water Inspired by ‘Moana’ as Construction Nears Completion at EPCOT

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The construction site for a near-complete Journey of Water Inspired by “Moana” attraction was being toured by members of Disney Imagineering and Cast Members. Cast and Imagineering Visit Journey of Water Inspired by “Moana” While no official word has been heard from Disney, it’s possible this could be a management walkthrough, with various individuals involved … Read more

Joe Rohde Says There Are ‘Solutions’ to Expedition Everest’s Broken Yeti But ‘Not Opportunities’

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Former Imagineer Joe Rohde responded to a question about Expedition Everest’s broken Yeti audio-animatronic on Twitter. A Twitter user asked about the rumor that “It was known even while under construction that if it broke, a portion of the mountain would have to be removed to get to it to fix it.” Rohde confirmed “that … Read more

Walt Disney Imagineering Files Zoning Request for Central Florida Affordable Housing Development

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Walt Disney Imagineering has filed a rezoning request for an almost 80-acre affordable housing development in Central Florida. Disney is contributing 78.67 acres of land west of State Road 429, near Walt Disney World and Flamingo Crossings Town Center. Disney chose The Michaels Organization to build, own, and operate the property, which will have between … Read more

Disney Introduces Noodle — the First Canine ‘Imagineer’

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Jacklyn, a Walt Disney Imagineer, and her service dog Noodle have proven to be quite the Dynamic Duo. We recently got a look into their “fur-ever” friendship. Noodle — the First Canine Walt Disney Imagineer When Jacklyn received an offer to become a communications professional intern at Walt Disney Imagineering, her team soon discovered that … Read more

Hatbox Ghost Imagineer Daniel Joseph Inducted Into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

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Imagineer Daniel Joseph, who worked on the Hatbox Ghost in The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, is among the 2023 class of inductees for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Daniel Joseph Walt Disney Imagineering said on Instagram, “The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame announced that Disney Imagineer Daniel Joseph is among the 2023 class of … Read more

PHOTOS: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Window Dedicated to Former Imagineer Bob Weis Installed

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A new window has been installed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios dedicated to the former head of Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Weis. Bob Weis Window Walt Disney Imagineering shared photos of Weis with a copy of his window, alongside Walt Disney World leaders, Ambassadors, and Imagineers. Weis was an Imagineer for forty-two years and announced his … Read more