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With the abundance of information available at our fingertips via the internet, it can be easy for someone new to painting to be steered in the wrong direction. Gabor and Ned Mueller go over how to avoid such pitfalls as a young artist. About the Artist: Ned has written several articles on painting for the Artists Magazine, is called upon to jury shows, and is a popular and enthusiastic workshop teacher around the country and abroad. He was a consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering where he did wonderful concept work for Animal Kingdom, Tokyo Disney Sea, California and other projects. He is a signature member of The Plein Air Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, The California Art Club, The Northwest Watercolor Society, Northwest Pastel Society (Distinguished Pastelist), Northwest Rendezous Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters , Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and the American Society of Marine Artists. To see Ned's Video Downloads [PORTRAITS] with TAAO visit: https://tucsonartacademyonline.com/ned-mueller-portrait-instructional-video To see Ned's Video Downloads [HARBOR SCENES] with TAAO visit: https://tucsonartacademyonline.com/ned-mueller-oil-painting-techniques If you are interested in more free content from TAAO make sure to visit our blog at: https://tucsonartacademyonline.com/blog https://www.instagram.com/taaonline/ https://business.facebook.com/TucsonArtAcademyOnline
Carlo Marcucci is a resourceful painter, photographer, and sculptor who creates thought-provoking works from pasta, staples, gold leaves, and other "non-art" items. He's originally from Florence, Italy and spent some time working with Walt Disney Imagineering. Hear how to find inspiration in everyday objects, experiment with different materials, and what goes into having a career in fine art. Check out Carlo's art at ArtDimensionsOnline.com
WWDW Radio # 661 - Interview with Former Imagineer Tom K. Morris Former creative with Walt Disney Imagineering Tom K. Morris joins me this week to discuss his remarkable journey to and with Walt Disney Imagineering. Tom shares details of how and why he visited Walt Disney World on opening day in 1971... by himself.. at the age of 12, and what Disney did to make the day even more special. We also discuss Tom's work at Disneyland, and at Imagineering, including working with Claude Coats, World of Motion, working with Tony Baxter on Splash Mountain and much more! ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog WDWRadio.com/Clubhouse - Join the community and conversation on Facebook WDWRadioNATION - Get monthly rewards, and help support the show WDWRadioLIVE.com - Watch and chat LIVE Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET WDWRadio.com/Events - WDW Radio Disney meets, events, cruises, and more! WDWRadio.com/Shirts - Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, logo gear and more! WDWRadio.com/Podcasts - Show notes, past episodes, links, and photos 407-900-9391 - Call the voicemail with a question, comment or "Hello!" from the parks THANK YOU for your support by voting WDW Radio Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WDW Radio show. Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week! ---------------------------------- LouMongello.com - Let me help you turn what you love into what you do with one-on-one mentoring, mastermind groups, and my Momentum Workshop in Walt Disney World. I can also speak at your event, conference, business, or school. ---------------------------------- LET'S CONNECT! WDWRadio.com/Community Facebook.com/WDWRadio Instagram.com/LouMongello Twitter.com/LouMongello YouTube.com/WDWRadio Pinterest.com/LouMongello LinkedIn.com/in/LouMongello
Welcome to Plus or Bust - A Disney Podcast, where each week we discuss a different, random film from Disney's streaming video service, Disney+, and decide whether or not we would recommend it or not by giving a Plus or a Bust. We also discuss various Disney news and other Disney related topics so each week is something different.On this episode we talk about the latest Disney news including Bob Iger's replacement as Chairman being announced, more changes coming to Walt Disney Imagineering and even more Spider-Man movies coming to the MCU. All that and more plus our featured film discussion on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Is this superhero origin story a welcome change of pace for the long running Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or was a just a soul sucking experience?Find out on this episode of Plus or Bust!00:00:39 - Introductions00:01:45 - Gripe Corner - Disney relationship problems, EVEN MORE MUPPET MERCH WOES00:05:22 - Bob Iger's Chairman replacement named00:09:08 - Bob Weis stepping down as president of Walt Disney Imagineering00:22:19 - Parking lot trams returning to Walt Disney World00:24:04 - Lunar New Year and California Adventure Food and Wine Festival returning in 202200:29:32 - Disneyland's It's a Small World reopened after massive repair00:41:15 - Sony confirms more Spider-Man coming to the MCU00:53:20 - Marvel's Eternals coming to Disney+ in January 202200:54:20 - Cobie Smulders returning to the MCU in Secret Invasion00:55:08 - Turner and Hooch reportedly cancelled at Disney+00:59:40 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings discussion01:42:15 - Final Thoughts + Verdicts01:42:55 - The random film pick for next week is...01:44:07 - Outro + Social LinksFollow us on Twitter! @PlusOrBustFollow us on Instagram! @PlusOrBustJoin our Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/disneyplusorbustSend us an email at firstname.lastname@example.orgAny popping, clicking, echoing or vibrations you hear in the audio are not intentional and we're working to get it fixed for later episodes. We apologize for an inconsistent quality.Recorded 12/02/2021
A love for trains played such a key role in Walt Disney's life and the creation of Disneyland in 1955. It's no surprise that a similar passion continues to inspire designers that have worked for Walt Disney Imagineering. A perfect example is Ray Spencer, who brought that interest for railroads to his work at Disney.… Read more... The post 154. Imagineer Ray Spencer on Buena Vista Street, Grizzly Peak Airfield, and a New Disney California Adventure appeared first on Tomorrow Society.
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Beginning as a Spanish Rancho in 1798, the City of Glendale incorporated in 1906 and has grown to become the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County with a population just under 200,000. Over time, Glendale has also become home to significant companies in the Greater Los Angeles region. Headquarters to notable companies including International House of Pancakes, Avery Dennison, LegalZoom and Public Storage, Glendale also boasts an impressive array of leading creative companies, including Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Interactive, Marvel Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation, and KABC-TV, to name a few. Since the 1960s, Glendale has also become home to the largest diaspora of Armenians in the U.S., representing roughly 40% of the city's overall population. This, in stark contrast to the historic prevalence of racially restrictive covenants in Glendale, and its status as a “sundown town” well into the mid-20th century. That said, as of late 2020, Glendale was only one of three cities in the United States to acknowledge and apologize for its racially exclusionary past. Join CivitasLA for our latest “Community Spotlight” with Councilmember Ardy Kassakhian and Elen Asatryan, two noted community leaders, as we discuss the issues and opportunities facing Glendale today and the central role the Armenian community plays within the city, our region, and continues to play internationally. To learn more, please visit: https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-council/councilmember-ardy-kassakhian. And, to learn more about CivitasLA, please visit us as www.CivitasLA.com and we hope you'll connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA); on Instagram (@Civitas_LA) or Twitter (@Civitas_LA).
Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. Your host is Kelly Molson, MD of Rubber Cheese.Download our free ebook The Ultimate Guide to Doubling Your Visitor NumbersIf you like what you hear, you can subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue or visit our website rubbercheese.com/podcastIf you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review, it really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned in this episode.Competition ends April 29th 2022. The winner will be contacted via Twitter. Show references: www.linkedin.com/in/gordon-morrison01www.asva.co.ukhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotlands-national-tourism-industry-conference-tickets-168074341881 Conference - Scotland's National Tourism Industry Conference November 24th-25th, 2021https://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/speakers/ Gordon Morrison is the CEO of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), the representative body for the attractions sector in Scotland, a position he has held for the last 3 years. In this role, he has responsibility for the day-to-day operations and overall leadership of the organisation. Over the last 19 months, he has been instrumental in helping the sector in Scotland navigate a path through the pandemic, providing advice and guidance to attractions across the country and ensuring that the needs of the sector are heard within the corridors of power at Holyrood. He currently sits on a number of key industry groups, including the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce, the Scottish Tourism Skills Group, the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel and Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Sectoral Organisations Group.Gordon previously worked as Quality & Tourism Manager with VisitScotland where he was responsible for the delivery of the highly regarded Visitor Attraction Grading Scheme. He was also Commercial & Visitor Services Manager with Museums & Galleries Edinburgh where he led on shaping the visitor experience at iconic attractions such as the Scott Monument and Museum of Childhood.In over 15 years of working with the sector, Gordon has visited and offered advice to hundreds of different attractions across Scotland. He is universally known within the tourism industry as the authoritative voice on all things relating to the visitor attractions sector in Scotland. Transcription: Kelly Molson: Welcome to Skip The Queue, a podcast for people working in or working with visitor attractions. I'm your host Kelly Molson. Each episode, I speak with industry experts from the attractions world.In today's episode, I speak with Gordon Morrison, CEO of ASVA, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions. We discuss the state of the Scottish attraction sector, the need for more personal premium experiences, and what's happening at Scotland's National Tourism Industry Conference. If you like what you hear, subscribe on all the usual channels by searching to Skip The Queue.Kelly Molson: Gordon, welcome to Skip The Queue.Gordon Morrison: Thank you so much for having me, Kelly. I'm guessing that you've started at the bottom and you're going to work your way up for the rest of the series.Kelly Molson: No, it doesn't work like that at all, started at the top, Gordon, started at the top. Now, as you know, I know that you listen to the podcast, so we're going into our icebreaker questions. I'm going to ask you what your favourite film is and why it isn't Top Gun.Gordon Morrison: Wow, that's a great question. And how did you know it's not a Top Gun because Top Gun is a wonderful movie. I am a child of the 1980s. I could be obvious and I could go down the Star Wars route because I am a big Star Wars fan. But however, undoubtedly, the greatest movie ever made is National Lampoon's Vacation.Kelly Molson: Yes, that's a great film.Gordon Morrison: It's just beautiful in every way. It is funny, it is moving, it is heartwarming, and it's also a bit crude. All of the things that I really enjoy. And I'm a huge Chevy Chase fan, a huge Chevy Chase fan. We had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago in London. He actually was over in London and I paid a considerable amount of money to do a meet and greet with the great man himself.Kelly Molson: That's amazing. I don't know anyone that's done one of those. This is-Gordon Morrison: Really?Kelly Molson: ... is news to me, no.Gordon Morrison: I would not do it for, probably not for anyone else, but for Chevy Chase, I was determined to meet him before he pops his clogs because he's getting on. He's getting on, he's an older man nowadays. I also love The Three Amigos as well I should say. And Steve Martin and Martin Short are also two fantastic comedy actors and they've actually got a great show on Disney Plus just now, which is well worth watching. But however, Chevy Chase is my idol. National Lampoon's Vacation, I don't know how many times I've watched it. But I can pretty much recite it.Kelly Molson: I love this. And National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is-Gordon Morrison: Probably the second greatest movie of all time and becomes the greatest movie of all time at Christmas-Kelly Molson: At Christmas time, yeah. So I'm going to say that, is it my favourite Christmas film? It's definitely one or two. I think that and Home Alone are like the two, they're the ones that I would watch every single Christmas, got to watch those. Oh, this is great. I'm finding out so much about you today. Okay, if you had a human body, which you do, but the head of an animal, what animal would you pick?Gordon Morrison: That's an interesting question that I haven't thought about before, strangely enough. I think if I could have any animal's head, I'd want it to be a really cute puppy. That's what I'd want it to be. I think I've got some doglike qualities to me anyway. But yeah-Kelly Molson: Loyal.Gordon Morrison: Yeah, yeah. Very loyal, like to sniff my own bum, that sort of stuff. So yeah, I think a acute, maybe a Golden Retriever, a Labrador, because it'd also be quite useful to have a really powerful nose and be able to sniff out trouble and things like that. So yeah, but mainly because I do quite enjoy getting my head stroked, so it'd be quite nice to constantly have that happening to me.Kelly Molson: We are learning so much about you today, Gordon. I would go giraffe because as we met in person a little while ago, we are both slightly vertically challenged.Gordon Morrison: We are.Kelly Molson: So I thought giraffe would help me grab stuff from the top shelves.Gordon Morrison: So you're including the neck then as part of the-Kelly Molson: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, that's part of your head, kind of, isn't it?Gordon Morrison: Yeah, absolutely.Kelly Molson: Okay. If you could be in the Guinness Book of Records, what records breaking feat you attempt?Gordon Morrison: I would attempt the longest continuous Elvis tribute act performance. I have said that Chevy Chase is my idol, he absolutely is, but I'm also a massive Elvis Presley fan, to the extent that I used to, on occasion, don the outfit and take the stage as Elvis Presley.Kelly Molson: Is there any video evidence of this?Gordon Morrison: No, there is not because it was the sort of mid to late '90s or early, it was early 2000s. It was early 2000s that I did this. And it was still really early stages of mobile phones and all that sort of stuff. So therefore, there is unfortunately, no... But listen, if you want me to record something, I'll do it.Kelly Molson: Well, I mean, I'm thinking at some point next year of doing, a group meetup for podcast guests and listeners. So maybe you could be the entertainment.Gordon Morrison: I have a gold lamé suit and I also have a jumpsuit. Whether I can still fit into them is an entirely different... But surely that looks even better. That's more authentic if I can barely fit into-Kelly Molson: Completely authentic, you are hired. Okay, and what is your unpopular opinion?Gordon Morrison: Sure, I'll go topical. Adele is rubbish.Kelly Molson: Oh God, oh wow.Gordon Morrison: Cannot stand anything that she does.Kelly Molson: Nothing at all?Gordon Morrison: Nope. I thin-Kelly Molson: Never had a little weepy moment to an Adele song?Gordon Morrison: Not once.Kelly Molson: You are stone cold.Gordon Morrison: Well, I've had a weepy moment, but the weepy moment is more I'm like, "Good grief, get this awful banshee off of my radio." I cannot stand anything that she does. I think her vocal style is lazy.Kelly Molson: Oh, Gordon.Gordon Morrison: I think she sings in a lazy way.Kelly Molson: I don't even know where to go with this, I really don't. Started with a bombshell people. Let's now-Gordon Morrison: Keeping it topical. That's good, isn't it? Come on, keeping it topical.Kelly Molson: It is topical. Let me know how you feel about that, listeners. I'm feeling uncomfortable. I'm really excited to have you on the podcast today. So Gordon and I, listeners, if you don't follow me... Oh, did I put this on? I think I'll put this on Twitter. If you don't follow me on Twitter, why not? But Gordon and I met in 2020. We met in COVID times, but we met virtually. So we didn't actually see each other when we first met. Gordon and I were at the Visitor Attractions Conference, which actually brilliant, a brilliant virtual conference in 2020 that they were forced to do because of COVID. And Gordon came to visit me on my virtual stand, which if you've ever done a virtual stand at a virtual conference, it's a very, very lonely place.Kelly Molson: Not many people come and check in on you. It's hard enough when it's an actual stand and you have to drag people to speak to you. But a virtual one, yeah. It's tough times. But anyway, Gordon came over, had a little chat, and then we arranged to have a Zoom meeting, which we then had a great Zoom meeting. But I was a bit poorly and I did it in my pajamas because that's how all the best Zoom in start, in your pajamas. And then since then, we've gone on to do a few webinars for ASVA and their members. And the two of us have spoken quite a few times. And we actually got to meet in real life a couple of weeks ago, didn't we? At the Visitor Attractions Conference.Gordon Morrison: Obviously lovely to meet you in person and see other people I've only communicated with via this medium before. So it was quite special actually, it really was quite special. And it was lovely to see just how diminutive you are, Kelly, such a big personality, such a diminutive form.Kelly Molson: Big gob, small stature, I think that's how I would be described. So tell us a little bit about ASVA and what your role is there.Gordon Morrison: Okay. So ASVA is short for the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions. We are the trade body that represents the attraction sector in Scotland. We have over 250 member organisations, which equates to roughly 500 visitor attractions all across the country. I'm the Chief Executive. I've been chief executive there for three years. A particularly interesting last two years, as I'm sure you can imagine.Kelly Molson: Yep.Gordon Morrison: And really, the organisation almost like the way that our members have had to pivot during the pandemic, ASVA had to pivot during the pandemic. We certainly existed, initially, to provide inspiration and best practice. That really what we were there to do, shine a light on all that was great and good happening, not just in the attraction sector in Scotland, but nationally and internationally as well. During the pandemic, we really had to become much more of a lobbying organisation. I had to cut my lobbying teeth very quickly, Kelly and was fortunate to work with some great people within the industry, that helped me with that as well.Gordon Morrison: I know that you had Bernard on your podcast the other week, who's a very experienced lobbyist. And I learned from people like him. We also had to take everything online as an organisation, which is truly fascinating for us because we were an organisation that did everything in person, absolutely everything in person. We are 32 years old and had never once hosted an online event, online meeting. Then, pandemic hits, everything changes. And we have now run something like 60 online workshops or events throughout the pandemic. All about supporting the sector, helping the sector get through to where we are today, which is still not in a perfect situation. There are still many challenges ahead for the industry.Gordon Morrison: But ASVA played a hugely important role in informing the sector, and supporting the sector, and fighting for the sector throughout the pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, we were actually producing daily bulletins that went out across the entirety of the industry, about what they needed to know. All very much tailored to the visitor attraction sector, nothing cut and pasted from any other areas. It was all tailored specifically to visitor attractions. We've had many, many meetings with the Scottish government in particular, but also the UK government as well, to highlight just how desperate it was for a spell, just how desperate it was for a spell.Gordon Morrison: And we were successful in getting funding for the visitor attraction sector in Scotland, which I was particularly proud that we were able to do. And indeed, we helped to ensure that when we got the funding, that funding went to the right places and went to the attractions that needed it the most. And therefore, we got ourselves into a situation where our sector has not had the catastrophic failure that we feared it may have had. Well, things are still not great. And I know we'll talk about that shortly. We are now seeing, hopefully, some of the green shoots of recovery and we'll get the sector back on an even keel in 2022.Kelly Molson: That's really good to hear and we are going to talk about that in a minute. But I just want to, just something that you mentioned about how when this all kicked off, when the pandemic happened, I mean, that must have been unbelievably overwhelming for you. Because not only are you looking at your own organisation and saying, "Wow, we have got to change absolutely every way that we've done things in the past, everything has to change now. We can't do any in person whatsoever." So having to deal with all of that whilst also, like you say, learning how to lobby. So putting hat on, and then being there as a support. And I guess a shoulder for people to cry on, scream at, shout out, whatever they needed to do, for all of your members as well. That must have been an unbelievably overwhelming time. How did you feel?Gordon Morrison: Yeah. I mean, overwhelming is the correct word. And of course, none of us had ever been through anything like this before. That's the other thing, there was no guide book for this. There was nowhere for me to turn and say, "What have you done when we've previously seen a pandemic such as this?" We had never seen anything like this before. You mentioned being a shoulder to cry on or cry at, that genuinely happened on quite a lot of occasions. I had members phone me up in tears, sometimes angry tears, sometimes just sad tears. And that was particularly challenging. When sometimes you didn't have answers, you couldn't just tell them, "Oh, everything is going to be okay." Because it didn't necessarily look like everything was going to be okay.Gordon Morrison: I think for me, there was one crucial decision that I made, which at the time didn't actually feel crucial. But we looked at ourselves and our own operation at ASVA, and we're a pretty small team, Kelly. Well, at the time, there was only three of us working for the organisation. And I was and still am the only full-time member of staff. ASVA, we've got two and a half full-time equivalent staff working for us at the moment. We had, at the height of the pandemic, just two full-time equivalent staff working for us. We had an office in Glasgow and I took the decision that whilst we would get rid of our office and felt that we didn't need an office anymore, we would not scale down our operations. We were there to support our sector.Gordon Morrison: We would actually scale up. We would do more to support the sector, which it was a difficult decision because the obvious thing to do was protect the business. And so therefore, why don't we put the team on furlough and you'll ride this through? But however, it was a no brainer for me in the end to say, "No, we are there to support our sector." Therefore, like I said, we scaled up what we did. We pushed everything online, we learned really fast. I developed really close contacts within the Scottish government as well. Not necessarily always talking to the ministers, officials are often the right people to get in front of and talk to.Gordon Morrison: And as a result, ASVA actually grew. We were really worried at the beginning of the pandemic that we would lose members, obviously, because you think, "Well, who can afford a membership fee when they've got huge, huge financial problems?" But actually, what we found was that not only did we retain our members, we grew our membership because of that desire that we had to truly, genuinely support the industry. And I have to thank my own board as well, the Board of Directors of ASVA, for giving me steer on what the industry needed. We've got 12 board members, who all work within the attraction sector. And they were there at a drop of a hat every time I needed them.Gordon Morrison: I said, "Right, what do we think of this? What do we think of this new guidance that's come out from the Scottish government? What does that mean for our sector?" And I could then feedback because the Scottish government were very much looking for me to feedback from the attraction sector and say, "Right, this is what this will mean. This is what will happen to the attraction sector if you do this." But I do think that decision to scale up, rather than contract and just try and save ourselves was the crucial, crucial decision. Crucial decision for ASVA, but also for the sector as well. Because we really did step up to another level at that point.Kelly Molson: Yeah, it's brilliant. I mean the amount of content that went out, and the webinars that you put on, and the research, which we'll talk a little bit about now actually. Because throughout the pandemic, you were surveying the sector, finding out what was happening, where they were at, what the visitor numbers were like. And you've just released the latest survey, which was conducted by the Moffitt Center, which let me read this out.Kelly Molson: It reveals that a majority of Scottish attractions are still in survival mode, which is not surprising. The sector is not seeing any evidence of a staycation boom. And obviously, the press have talked about staycation boom a lot. I think UK attractions have mixed results in that, depending on where they are located up and down the country. But Scotland seems to not be seeing any evidence of that. So can we talk about that? How's the sector currently feeling?Gordon Morrison: So I think firstly, on the point about being in survival mode, that is still the case universally, I would say, doesn't matter which part of the UK you're in. I think that the vast majority of the sector is still in survival mode, rather than recovery mode. Actually, I was fortunate enough to attend the Association of Visitor Experience and Attractions Conference in Ireland, attended that virtually and it was exactly the same narrative there. That are still in survival, but looking towards a recovery. And that's where our sector is in Scotland. We are in survival mode, but very optimistic that we will recover, rather than now thinking we are going to lose 50%, whatever, of the sector.Gordon Morrison: But in terms of the staycation boom, it's been a really... This is an area where I've been banging in my head against the wall sometimes, Kelly, because it's actually impossible for the majority of visitor attractions in Scotland and indeed in other parts of the UK, or it has been impossible for us to truly benefit from the staycation boom. Because don't get me wrong. I agree that there have been lots of domestic visitors, there have been lots of people going on holiday in the UK because frankly, they've got no other opportunity or no other option than to go on holiday in the UK. But there have been restrictions in place and let's not forget this.Gordon Morrison: There have been restrictions in place in Scotland, on things like well, we call it physical distancing, social distancing in England. These restrictions weren't lifted in Scotland. We still had physical distancing restrictions in place right through to mid August. And if you've got restrictions in place that limit, that severely limit the number of visitors that you can physically get in your door, you can be at capacity. You can be, "Right, we're at 100% capacity." Which sounds fantastic. But that 100% capacity is actually only 20, 30% of where you would normally be. And therefore, we have missed the majority of the traditional season. And by missing the majority of the traditional season, you're then left with a very small window of opportunity, sort of mid August to October holidays, just beyond October holidays, to make your money.Gordon Morrison: And that's a very limited window. Let's be honest, that really is. And that's why our sector's still in survival mode as we go into the winter. I think perhaps one of the most telling stats from the survey was in relation to the amount of reserves that attractions still had. And we've got more than one in five visitor attractions in Scotland, holding fewer than three months reserves, right? Why is that important? That is important because the winter is longer than three months and you need those reserves. In a good year, you need those reserves to see you through the winter. That's how attractions operate. They make the money in the summer, to then see them through the winter. So that's where the issues still exist for our sector. And again, it was interesting at the Irish conference, to see that the latest budget has just been published by the Irish government.Gordon Morrison: And they have pledged to continue their version of the Coronavirus job retention scheme right through to spring of next year. And they've also pledged an extra 50 million euros of support for tourism businesses, to get them through to next season. And I think that's very telling that they have recognized the call that's come from the tourism industry in Ireland is, "We are still in survival mode. Let us get through to next season when we will fully lead the recovery." And I think that's a lesson that still needs to be heard in both Scotland and the UK. Because there seems to be a feeling that, "Well, you have made it through. Well done, guys, you've made it through." But there's still a proportion of the sector that will face a very difficult winter ahead.Kelly Molson: So are you still in lobbying mode then? Because it feels like-Gordon Morrison: Oh, must be.Kelly Molson: Yeah, so the sector still needs support. So the results of this survey say that very, very clearly. So you're still in lobbying mode.Gordon Morrison: Yeah, yeah. There's no doubt about that. I mean, the survey is produced. We like to do it for our members and they can get an idea of where they are sitting in comparison to other parts of the sector. But primarily, I'll be fully honest with you, we do it so that I can use it in my lobbying efforts. The first person that received this survey results, was the tourism minister. The very first person. I was like, "Bang, here you go. Can we now meet and discuss this?" Don't get me wrong, it's a challenge because there's also an element of politics being played in the UK, as you'll know, Kelly.Gordon Morrison: The fact that the Scottish government takes a different route from the UK government, sometimes that that route is taken for, as far as I'm concerned, for political reasons, to create a differentiation. But also, that there are challenges with things. But when I speak to the tourism minister and say, "We really could use the Coronavirus job retention scheme extended, or we could cut to be extended further." Those are not really issues that he can do much about, other than agree. Other than say, "Yes, I 100% agree with that." That's then reserved at the UK level, which is why it's hugely important that I also feed into the lobbying that's done at a UK level as well, by the likes of Bernard and others.Kelly Molson: Yeah, okay. So let's have a look more at some of the stats that have come in. So it says here, almost half, so 47.5% of the sector has seen a decrease in visitor numbers of greater than 50% this year compared to the same period in 2019. I mean again, that's not shocking, is it? Because, like you say, you've had so many restrictions still in place for longer than in the UK attractions.Gordon Morrison: That's entirely it.Kelly Molson: And it says turnover is down by over 50%, a third of attractions when compared to the same period in 2019. Again, not a shock, is it? None of this is a surprise.Gordon Morrison: No.Kelly Molson: What can be done about it? What's the positives that can taken from it?Gordon Morrison: Well, yeah. I think that's important to emphasize here, Kelly, is that, don't get me wrong, when I'm doing my lobbying, I'm painting the doom and gloom picture to the government to try and leverage as much support as we can get. But however, there are positives emerging from the pandemic. Just now, for a start, when you delve into the data in a bit more detail, it's clear that the numbers are getting better. We are seeing an improving picture just now. And indeed, you mentioned yourself, it depends on what type of business that you have and where in the country you're located. If you were to look at, for example, wildlife related attractions or animal related attractions, they're booming.Gordon Morrison: They are absolutely booming, or least the majority of them are booming just now. We just published our visitor figures for ASVA members, for the month of August. So that's the most recent data that we've got and the wildlife operators were up by 14% on 2019 levels.Kelly Molson: Oh, wow, wow.Gordon Morrison: Yeah, they're up on 2019, which is incredible, that really is. I mean, primarily driven by the huge popularity of Edinburgh Zoo, it has to be said, which you can imagine, if you're an outdoor family attraction, it's a good time for you. Speaking as a dad, you are desperate to take your kids somewhere. You are absolutely desperate to do that. And a zoo is an absolutely fantastic place to take the kids. So it's not universally the case that things are awful. That's the first point.Gordon Morrison: And we are seeing a generally improving picture month upon month. If you look at the figures from July compared to June, compared to July compared to August. It's going in the right to direction. And of course, we have now got rid of the physical distancing restrictions entirely, which releases the sector to actually begin to trade at a viable level. Although, interestingly, in the survey, we did ask members whether they were maintaining restrictions themselves and many, many were. In fact, we had, was it 92% of the sector said that they were going to maintain COVID safety measures above and beyond what was required by law. And that again is useful for me when it comes to lobbying. Because what it shows is that our sector puts the safety of visitors and staff above everything else.Gordon Morrison: You cannot necessarily say that about every sector in the UK. But for our sector, we have consistently proven, throughout the pandemic, that we are putting safety and wellbeing above everything else. And therefore, for me, if there are... We're seeing COVID spiking again, let's not beat around the bush here. The number of cases is at, I think it's highest level for something like six, seven months. It's a huge, huge increase. If further restrictions are introduced again, I think it's... But I've already spoken to the Scottish government about this as well. Our sector's the one sector that actually, you're not seeing any transmission come from, because we are very, very responsible. And I would hope that that would be recognised if restrictions get introduced again.Kelly Molson: Well, I was going to ask about the locality thing. So obviously in the UK, during lockdown, there was a lot of appreciation for where you lived. I think that's how we looked at it. People went out on their hour's walk of exercise, and then they found new places to visit. But they actually, you've seen that kind of boost in tourism to the local places, people shopping more local. And again, that was happening prior to pre-pandemic, that was a trend anyway. But I think we're still seeing that happen. People stay local, people visiting. Is it the same in Scotland? Are you finding that?Gordon Morrison: Absolutely. And on top of the fact that we're getting more of a sense of place. And I think attraction operators are actually understanding that sense of place a bit better as well. On top of that, the visitors that are coming to see us, our local bread and butter visitors, are spending money, Kelly, they really are spending money. And that is a key lesson that we need to take away from this. Secondary spend in shops and in cafes is considerably up on pre-pandemic levels across the board. Now that's a combination, I think visitors have maybe got a wee bit of disposable income to spend after being stuck in lockdown for a long period of time.Gordon Morrison: Also, they want to spend. They want to get there and spend some money. And indeed, they are having a good experience. And that's probably the crucial point here. Again, looking at the results from a most recent survey, we asked a question about, right, what's happened to your visitor reviews? Are your visitor reviews on Trip Advisor, on Google, whatever platform you use, are they improving? Are they getting worse? And for the majority of the sector, the reviews have actually improved throughout the pandemic. And that is because visitors have had more time, more staff interaction, and a more personalised experience.Gordon Morrison: Now, by having that, more time, more personalised experience, they then are more inclined to spend more. And this is not your rich international visitor. This is not an international visitor who's going to want to take back an expensive souvenir. This is a local domestic visitor, who's coming to your attraction and they are having a really great experience and therefore. They're spending money. And that is the key lesson that I think we have to take. And the key positive that we can take, out of the pandemic, which is that I think attractions have had the opportunity, in the various lockdowns, to take a breath almost, to think about their offering and what they're doing for their visitors.Gordon Morrison: I think, are we doing everything we can do to ensure that our visitors get a great experience? Is the model of cram as many visitors into your attraction as possible, the right model that we want to operate? And it's proven to be throughout the pandemic, that that is not what we should be doing. What we should be doing is providing a high quality experience, which then encourages the visitors that we do have to spend a bit more money with us. And that's where we're going now, that's the direction of travel that we're going in. We're not going to see pre-pandemic levels of visitation for many, many years, possibly ever again.Gordon Morrison: And I've spoken about this before in various meetings that I've attended. If we take somewhere like Edinburgh Castle, as an example, Edinburgh Castle, over 2 million visitors in 2019. If you speak to Historic Environment of Scotland about that. First it was, you're a big success to have that number of visitors. Was it actually great for the castle itself? Was it great for the visitor experience? Certainly not as good as it could be. Therefore, we should be moving more to the model of, it's been spoken about it before, value rather than volume. And that is where we are 100% going. And I think that's going to be really positive for the sector.Gordon Morrison: And also, I think the sector actually now begins to understand what their value is. And the fact that attractions in Scotland and across the UK are actually offering really unique, memorable experiences, really fantastic experiences. And shouldn't be scared, therefore, to charge accordingly for those experiences. And we have seen some of our operators in Scotland have increased the pricing or are delivering a premium version of their standard experience and charging a bit more to do that. And that, to me, is the way that we should be going as a sector and we will continue to go as a sector.Kelly Molson: Yeah, I totally agree. It's weird actually, I gave a talk for Anglia Ruskin University back in summer about that very concept of attractions having less visitors, a more personalised experience that they will pay more money for. So ultimately, less visitors doesn't mean less revenue.Gordon Morrison: Exactly.Kelly Molson: That's exactly where I see the sector going. And that actually leads really nicely onto a new attraction that's opened, that has that mentality. And that's the Johnnie Walker Experience that's just opened, which looks absolutely incredible. And I know that you've been lucky enough to go and visit already, haven't you?Gordon Morrison: Yeah. And it is actually the perfect model, Kelly, for what we've just spoken about there. It's an outstanding visitor experience, it's truly unique and it's personalised to yourself. The way I've talked about it since I've been is that you go in and you're immediately met, firstly with a smiling face, which is always a nice thing to be met with. Although, behind the mask, but still a smiling face. And you're instructed to create your own flavour profile for your best ever Johnnie Walker drink.Gordon Morrison: It's like the Tinder of whiskey. You're swiping left or swiping right on whether you like mango, or whether you like apple, or whatever. And it then creates your ideal flavour profile. You get a wristband that is colour coded. And when you go up to experience the next part of the experience, you present this wristband to a dispenser and it pours for you, your ideal highball, Johnnie Walker highball. It's incredible. I don't know how it works. For all I know just everyone's getting the exact same highball. I don't-Kelly Molson: Ah, but the experience is that it's personalised to you.Gordon Morrison: That's exactly right. And what Johnnie Walker, what Diageo have successfully done with this experience, is they've said, "Right, we're not going to create a high volume, low value experience." They limit the numbers on their tours to a really low level. It's never going feature at the top 10 most visited attractions in Scotland or the UK. It's never going to feature on there because they're limiting the numbers. But I'm sure they wouldn't mind me saying this, unashamedly charging a premium for it. It's 25 quid if you want to take that experience, which in an attraction ticket entry place, is a high price point, it is a high price point to do that. But that is because you're going to get a unique, personalised experience. And of course, they'll chuck it in a high ball as well, which is a nice thing.Kelly Molson: Oh, high praise indeed. I've got to give my friend, my good friend, Kazia, is actually the Brand Home Experience Manager at Johnnie Walker. So I hope that she's listening. She'll be thrilled to hear such fabulous feedback.Gordon Morrison: That is a must visit, Kelly. I'm not just saying that because they're ASVA members. But anyone who gets the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, it's a truly unique experience. And topped off by this incredible rooftop bar that has got the best panoramic views over Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle will argue they have the best panoramic views of the city. But what the Johnnie Walker Princes Street has got, is a view of the castle as well.Kelly Molson: And they haven't got the whiskey, have they? Let's face-Gordon Morrison: That's true. That is true.Kelly Molson: They've not got the whiskey to have up there. I really would like to see where this leads. I would love other attractions adopting this model. So it'll be really interesting to catch up, maybe a year from now and see how attractions have kind of shifted their offer in Scotland, to see if they follow suit in terms of this kind of premium level, better experience, less visitor numbers.Gordon Morrison: I think they're have to, Kelly. That's the interesting thing here is that I still speak to you lot of my members, who are waiting for things to go back to normal. That's how they put it, "I can't wait for things to go back to normal." And my answer to that is that they're not going to go back to normal. There is pre-pandemic times and then there is post-pandemic times or pandemic times, because the pandemic's not going away.Gordon Morrison: We're still going to have COVID-19 for many years to come. And I think that the sector has to embrace this now and say, "Okay. Well, if we are not going to have those pre-pandemic level of visitation, we all have to adapt our experiences." And without doing a shameless plug, but why not? We hosted a conference this year in November and that is a big theme of the conferences, is looking at how you are shaping, how you are creating those memorable experiences in this new normal that we live in. And we'll be really shouting from the rooftops about that.Kelly Molson: Let's talk about the conference. So Scotland's National Tourism Industry Conference, 24th to the 25th of November. This is a culmination really, of all of the support that you've been giving to your members throughout the pandemic anyway. So what's going to be there? Why should people come?Gordon Morrison: Yeah. I mean, firstly, we're absolutely delighted to be hosting it, both in person and online. Again, one of the great things for ASVA actually, throughout the pandemic, Kelly, was that we delivered this host of great workshops online, including some with yourself of course. And it opened us up to a much bigger audience. When we're delivering in person events, we were delighted if we got, say 40 people to attend one of our workshops, maybe 50 people to attend one of our workshops. And I thought, "That's a great turnout, that's really great." And all often from the central belt of Scotland, everyone from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Whereas, when we hosted events online, we opened it up to a much larger audience.Gordon Morrison: And we had our members from Shetlands, from Hebrides, and far flung areas, joining as in taking part in these sessions. So therefore, when it came to the conference this year, we had a clear idea that we wanted to do it in person because we think the sector wants to get by it together. But it also needed that online element as well. So regardless of where you are, and indeed, regardless of whether you're an ASVA member, you can actually attend the conference virtually if you would like to do so. We're also doing it in partnership with other leading associations in Scotland, including the Scottish Tourism Line. So sort of the overarching Tourism Association representing the attraction sector. And we're doing that intentionally, because we want to not just bring attractions together, we want to bring the whole industry, the entirety of the Scottish tourism industry together, as much to celebrate that we've made it this far as anything else.Kelly Molson: Yeah, it's really important to acknowledge that, isn't it? It's been so tough.Gordon Morrison: It's been massively, massively difficult. And we've all had many stresses and strains throughout the pandemic. Not all of us have given birth to a child, of course, Kelly, which is even bigger stress and strain. But about, however, it has been a hugely difficult time. And we want to bring the sector together to just say, "Pat on the back. Well done guys, we have made it through to this level. Now, let's push on. Now, let's push on to the next level."Gordon Morrison: And that is what the theme of the conference really is about. So I'm leading one of the days of the conference and I'm really excited about the part that I'm leading, which is all about delivering memorable experiences as we move into the year of Scotland Stories 2022. Yeah, Scotland has themed years every year. There's a tourism related theme year. So this year we're in the year, of course, of waters, for example. And like I said, next year we move into the year of Scotland Stories, which is a wonderful theme year for visitor attractions, because we're all about storytelling, that's what we're all about-Kelly Molson: Yeah, it's perfect.Gordon Morrison: Yeah, exactly. So, so we are really, every part of the conference has got some link to delivering memorable experiences and delivering great stories. But what we're trying to do, Kelly, is really put it in a, not an airy fairy way at all, as in put it in a commercial way. Say, "Right, this is what delivering a great story will mean for your business. This is how you can actually improve business performance, by delivering these great stories." And we've got a host of wonderful speakers coming along. If you don't mind me saying it, I'm most excited about the fact that we've got the Creative Director from Walt Disney Imagineering joining us, to talk about the galactic star cruise experience that Walt Disney World is introducing next year, which is-Kelly Molson: That's a clever coup, isn't it? You've got that speaker, it's amazing.Gordon Morrison: That's a mind blowing story. They don't even call it storytelling, let's call it a story living experience because you actually go and live on a star cruiser in the Star Wars Universe for two days. Kelly, I'm there. I am there.Kelly Molson: It's blowing your mind, isn't it, Gordon? I can see.Gordon Morrison: Oh my goodness, yeah. But actually referring back to what we spoke about earlier, what's interesting about it is, that's a premium experience, that's about as premium as it gets. They are not ashamed of the fact that they are charging $6,000 for a two night experience, $6,000. And they know that they will get an audience for that.Kelly Molson: Oh yeah.Gordon Morrison: But that's because it is a high quality, truly unique storytelling experience. And those are the lessons that we're looking for, on a smaller scale to take. I'm not saying to our members, "Right, the way you create memorable experiences, have light saber jewels throughout it." As much as love that, I would love that and the Johnnie Walker Princes Street, that'd be fantastic.Gordon Morrison: I think what attractions need to do is think about what their unique stories can be. And then implement those storytelling experiences at their attractions. And they will find that they can charge an appropriate level to their visitors, because visitors will eat these things up. They will want these truly unique, different experiences. And so that's what we're covering at the conference. And it's going to be a wonderful couple of days, it really is.Kelly Molson: It really sounds like it. And I will be there virtually. I'd love to be there in real life next year, definitely. I don't think that tiny person that I gave birth to will be too comfortable with me leaving her for a couple of nights, to head up to Scotland. Thank you for sharing that. I do think that that conference is going to be a real celebration of just like you say, yes, we've absolutely made it. We've made it this far. Now, what can we do to push on and be better? Open better, that's what we need to be driving the message of. And that's absolutely going to do that at that conference. So I'm super excited about it.Gordon Morrison: Thank you.Kelly Molson: We are at the end of our podcast interview. And I always ask our guests for a book recommendation, so something that you love or something that's helped shape your career. Just something that you'd like to share with our listeners.Gordon Morrison: I had a long think about this, Kelly, what I would recommend for a book, I'm an educated man. I'm a historian. I could recommend some really great historical texts and some very worthy books that have helped to educate me and take me to the level that I am today.Kelly Molson: I feel like you're not going that way though.Gordon Morrison: I'm not going to go that way at all, because it's not actually who I am. I am deeply in love, deeply in love with Calvin and Hobbes. I don't know if you've ever read any Calvin and Hobbes before.Kelly Molson: I haven't, no.Gordon Morrison: So for those who don't know, it's a comic strip effectively, a newspaper comic strip from the United States that has been brought into a whole series of different collections that are available in all good book shops. And it's two characters. Calvin is a five-year-old boy and Hobbes is his tiger. And Hobbes is a stuffed tiger, who only comes to life in front of Calvin. And there's a question about whether Hobbes is real and just no one else gets to see him as being real or whether it's all in Calvin's imagination.Gordon Morrison: And Calvin is a wee cynical, hilarious boy, and Hobbes is a much more stoic and measured character. And combined, they have these incredible adventures. And it really is, it's a moral compass thing, that's the only way I can put Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin and Hobbes is a moral compass thing. You can read Calvin and Hobbes and it will set you straight on the path that you need to be going on because they are righteous. They are genuinely righteous. And it's also hilarious. It is one of the most hilarious things you could ever read.Gordon Morrison: But my favourite... I mean, any of them are good, Kelly. Because I know you'll then say, right, here's one that you can look at. I would say that There's Treasure Everywhere is a great compendium. And the last one that was ever produced is called It's A Magical World. And it has the most beautiful end story of any story you can ever want to read. And the last words of it are, "It's a magical world." And I'm actually, I can feel my emotions rising as to talk about it just now. So Calvin and Hobbes, It's A Magical World. I would urge everyone in the world to read it. You'll feel like a million dollars.Kelly Molson: Ah, what an absolutely wonderful book recommendation to end this podcast interview on, that's perfect. As ever, if you want to win a copy of Gordon's book, then head over to our Twitter account, which is Skip The Queue and retweet this episode announcement with the comment, I want Gordon's book. And you could be in with the chance of winning it. I feel all emotional. This is how I feel when I listen to Adele.Gordon Morrison: Oh, oh, you've just ruined it.Kelly Molson: Thanks for listening to Skip The Queue. 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Dave Bossert & Aljon Go share part two of their chat with Imagineer Tom Morris. Aljon also talks about the new Book of Boba Fett trailer on Disney Plus as well as film and pop-culture news. Tom Morris is a former creative development executive at Walt Disney Imagineering who guided groundbreaking projects for over 30 years. Highlight projects include the original Journey into Imagination at Epcot—then called EPCOT Center—the conceptualization of DisneyQuest and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney World Resort, the design of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris Park, overall creative oversight for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and conceptual direction for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort.* Follow the team! Skull Rock Podcast | Facebook - Aljon Go (@aljongo) • Instagram & Dave Bossert (@dave_bossert) • Instagram - Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com. Pre-order a signed copy of Dave's new book - Claude Coats: Walt Disney's Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland: From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond - CLAUDE COATS IMAGINEER (theoldmillpress.com) Outro music "The Pirate King" composed by Jared Rehnquist/Untold Journey - Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. *Source waltdisney.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skullrockpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/skullrockpodcast/support
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Dave Bossert & Aljon Go share part one of their chat with Imagineer Tom Morris. The duo also discusses the latest Disney, film, and pop-culture news. Tom Morris is a former creative development executive at Walt Disney Imagineering who guided groundbreaking projects for over 30 years. Highlight projects include the original Journey into Imagination at Epcot—then called EPCOT Center—the conceptualization of DisneyQuest and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney World Resort, the design of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris Park, overall creative oversight for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and conceptual direction for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort.* Follow the team! Skull Rock Podcast | Facebook - Aljon Go (@aljongo) • Instagram & Dave Bossert (@dave_bossert) • Instagram - Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com. Pre-order a signed copy of Dave's new book - Claude Coats: Walt Disney's Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland: From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond - CLAUDE COATS IMAGINEER (theoldmillpress.com) Outro music "The Pirate King" composed by Jared Rehnquist/Untold Journey - Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. *Source waltdisney.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/skullrockpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/skullrockpodcast/support
I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Diana from Dream 499 pins and talk about all things Disney Pins. We discuss how she got started, some new tips for folks just getting into Disney pin trading, and for her impressive knowledge about Disney pin history. I highly recommend you watch her live sale on Sunday nights, you will definitely learn a new Disney pin fact. If you love Disney Pins then this is an interview that you will wanna tune into.
Episode Description: Todays guest, Kathy Schuh, an amazing and sought after photographer, tells us about the importance of releasing her own self judgement about the way she looks and how she helps other women to do the same. Kathy and I talk about why life is NOT a bitch, how what you focus on expands, and why we are modeling for our daughters what female friendships look like. Show Notes: Connect with Kathy! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kathy.schuh/ Website etc: https://linktr.ee/kathyschuhphotography Guest Bio: Kathy Schuh is a portrait and branding photographer that specializes in what she calls Signature Portraits. In her 10 years as a photographer she has photographed hundreds of woman through guided photoshoots that leave them feeling confident & empowered. Kathy's style and approach to portraiture has been embraced by clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering, LA Area Chamber of Commerce & scores of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Kathy attributes her nurturing approach to photography to being the daughter of Italian & Argentine immigrants and is never shy about tossing in a "BRAVA" when she captures that perfect shot!
In this episode we are joined by Dani Bellar Pilukas talking all things technology across the entertainment industry. Dani has always been a leader and innovator in the industry - she was Cirque du Soleil's first female head of automation and helped build and design some of the most complex kinetic production experiences the world has ever seen. Following numerous prestigious roles, Dani landed her dream job at Walt Disney Imagineering, where she won several awards for creating ride experiences that include 'Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance', and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' in Shanghai. Dani Bellar Pilukas has since progressed to working in virtual production, and is now a Director of Physical Production, leading a team of producers in the field. She talks to us all about her fascinating career and experiences. We want to hear from YOU and provide a forum where you can put in requests for future episodes. What are you interested in listening to? Please fill out the form for future guest suggestions here and if you have suggestions or requests for future themes and topics, let us know here! @theatreartlife Thanks to David Zieher who composed our music.
It's still amazing to think about how much Disney expanded its resorts during the early years of Michael Eisner. This growth continued through the '90s and included the opening of Tokyo DisneySea in 2001. Larry Nikolai started at Walt Disney Imagineering during the height of this era in 1990.… Read more... The post 150. Larry Nikolai on Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, and 28 Years at Imagineering appeared first on Tomorrow Society.
Shelby & Sue from Walt Disney Imagineering's Audio-Animatronics Figure Trainee program join us to talk about their work and to take on The Insider 5. About Disney Movie Insiders Presents: Disney Movie Insiders Presents brings fans closer to the movies they love with interviews, interactive trivia, and more! We're lifting the curtain to give you a behind-the-scenes look at new releases and classics from The Walt Disney Studios. About Disney Movie Insiders: Disney Movie Insiders celebrates and rewards Disney movie fans - just for being fans. Members can earn points, redeem rewards and discover perks. Membership required. Visit DisneyMovieInsiders.com for Terms & Conditions.
Join the Newscast team as they discuss early entry announced for Walt Disney World, California Grill receiving a special dining option, an update regarding Mickey's Philharmagic, and more. DVC Newscast by My DVC Points Podcast was made possible through financial support from the DVC dream team: DVC Resale Market - Industry Leader in DVC ResalesDVC Rental Store - DVC Point Rental and Swap PartnerMonera Financial - Exclusively Financing DVC ContractsPatreon supporters in the My DVC Points VIP Producer Club. Early Entry starting earlier than expected Early entry was set to start on October 1st. Disney as announced that early entry will start “soft openings” on September 26th. E-mails are being sent to guests and members staying on property. All four parks are scheduled to open 30 minutes early to resort guests. In addition: Rise of the Resistance has been added to the list of early entry attractions. The ride went to a Standby line as of September 23rd. It is expected that this is due to it being added to Genie+ system. Source: Disney Special Live Streams On Oct. 1, two new nighttime spectaculars – “Harmonious” and “Disney Enchantment” – will debut to help kick off our 50th anniversary festivities during “The World's Most Magical Celebration” at Walt Disney World Resort. And as a special early 50th surprise, we're LIVE streaming performances of both ground-breaking shows right here on the Disney Parks Blog! Wed, 9/29 – LIVE: “Harmonious” at EPCOT at 9:00 p.m. ET.Thurs, 9/30 – LIVE: “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park at 10:15 p.m. ET. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, join us to see “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. The show, which is a key milestone in the transformation of EPCOT, pays tribute to the stories and songs that unite us all featuring new technical magic that includes special pyrotechnics, moving fountains, special lighting and media. And as we shared earlier, Disney Live Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering have created a transformative experience with “Harmonious” that invites you to travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as you've never heard them before. The songs are reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world. Source: Disney Parks Blog Polynesian DVC room refurbishment nearing completion. According to DVCNews' Tim Krasniewski, the Moorea Building has been completely reopened, and Tokelau building has at least partially re-opened. According to the article, one guest was told all rooms would be completed by September 23rd, but this has not been confirmed. . Source: DVC News California Grill 50th Special Event “Celebration at the Top” As part of the 50th anniversary, California Grill will have TWO options for dining. The first is a nightly event called “Celebration at the top”. “Upon your arrival, dine on culinary offerings, including sushi, small bites, favorite dishes from the California Grill menu, desserts and even some odes to our past. As showtime approaches, step out onto the intimate and private observation deck reserved just for Celebration at the Top Guests. Here, you can enjoy an incredible view of Disney Enchantment.. The lights will dim as music plays on the deck, so you'll be immersed in the magic of the night.” Pricing is $129 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes complimentary valet parking. California Grill 50th Pre-Fixe menu In addition for those that want to eat at the regular restaurant, a special Three-course Pre-Fixe menu with 3 courses at a price of $89 for adults, and $39 for children. Appetizers include Sushi, Duck L'orange Pizza and Braised Short Rib Won tons. Entrees include Filet of Beef, Grouper, Pork Tenderloin, and a Mushroom and Squash Ravioli Desserts include a special “5 Bites for 50 years” and a Grand Marnier Souffle Source: Walt Disney World Website Mickey's Philharmagic new scene opening date announced Disney has announced that the new scene to featuring Coco will premiere at MK on November 12th. In addition, Philharmagic will be switching to all-digital projection, which will require a closure from October 12th to November 11th. Source: Walt Disney World Website My DVC Points is an awesome community of DVC members. Our positive, respectful, and authentic conversations about Disney Vacation Club are designed to help people make informed and educated decisions about what's best for their families. Please join us to continue the conversations on our Facebook Group, Discord Server, and YouTube channel. It takes an awesome community of DVC members to produce our content. 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Tony Baxter's career as a Disney Imagineer defined the second generation of Disney Park experiences. Tony's legacy includes Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, Star Tours, Journey Into Imagination, and Disneyland Paris. As a lifelong Disney fan who grew up down the street from Disneyland, Tony always dreamed of becoming an Imagineer. He started with the company at the earliest age possible, scooping ice cream at Disneyland. After graduating from college, Tony was hired as an Imagineer to work on the opening of Walt Disney World. Tony concluded his career at Disney in 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Creative Development. For his many contributions to the themed entertainment industry, Tony was named a Disney Legend, received his own window on Main Street USA, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Themed Entertainment Association, and was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. In this podcast episode, I have the honor of chatting with Tony about his 40-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering. We discuss some of his favorite projects, his memories of working at Walt Disney World the year it opened, his thoughts about Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, and his advice for aspiring Imagineers. We also discuss his creative process and methodology for designing legendary attractions. Which of Tony's projects is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital. Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider: Website: https://thekingdominsider.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/ Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP How to Support the Show Share the podcast with your friends Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092 Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929 Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com Special thanks to our Deluxe Passholder Patreon members! Thomas N Devan L Katelyn F Jason K Jordan J Dani S Enjoy the show!
Theme parks are more than just passive entertainment; they can inspire us and even change our lives. For a certain type of creative young person, that strong connection with the art plays a huge role. Josh Steadman built a lifelong passion for becoming a theme park designer that led him to Walt Disney Imagineering in 2011.… Read more... The post 149. Josh Steadman on Shanghai Disneyland, Evermore Park, and Becoming a Theme Park Designer appeared first on Tomorrow Society.
DUFFY THE DISNEY BEAR IS ADDING A NEW PAL — LinaBell —TO HIS GANG AND I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL YOU MORE ABOUT HER!!!!!! I'm ONCE AGAIN joined by MY gaggle of friends in this follow-up to last season's episode: Eva Lee, Manager, Content Planning at Walt Disney Imagineering, and THE DUFFY PHILOSOPHER HIMSELF, Charlie Watanabe, Sr. Story Editor at Walt Disney Imagineering!!!!!!!!!!**new to the Duffy & Friends universe?** Scroll back to May 19th, 2021's episode, "The One About Duffy & Friends"!~ PS: there is a small error in the Churros Hotline Q&A section of this podcast! ~The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve does *not* have a rooftop bar!It's a top floor event space and my brain is mush from remembering too many Disney facts and goofed.My apologies! Though I'm staying there the first second I can!Spend more time with @CarlyeWisel on Twitter and Instagram!Visit CarlyeWisel.com for more!And don't forget to call us at 747-CHURROS! We'll be waiting by the phone! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary. In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Patrick Brennan, executive level leader who enjoyed a 32-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering, and contributed to the development of attractions at every Disney theme park location around the world. Our guest describes his leadership philosophy of serving as part of the team, his Disney leadership role model, his early years taking an interest in art and preparing to be a “starving artist,” and his perceptions of how Disney leadership changed over the years. 02:33 -- Greatest accomplishment -- leading field art direction in the construction of Critter Country at Tokyo Disneyland 17:14 -- Greatest adversity -- conflict resolution, balancing creative and business interests 29:18 -- Best leadership advice; lessons from the early days of Pixar Books As an affiliate, Victor Media Group may earn from qualifying purchases. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch --- https://tinyurl.com/cfsduuc4 The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, David A. Price --- https://tinyurl.com/5ajsbejm Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek --- https://tinyurl.com/2a57nnxc Resources The Awesome Leader League -- https://theawesomeleader.com/ Credits Guest -- Patrick Brennan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-brennan-b978b96/ Host -- Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/ Host -- J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/ Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. -- https://victormediagroup.co/ Creator -- J.B. Adams Executive Producer -- Gerard Mitchell Audio Design -- Michael Orlowski Mixing and Editing -- Manni Simon
In our Disney Detective, Walt Disney Imagineering and ABC Team Up for New Interactive Series & Changes coming to Disney Stores Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, How Disney will make guests believe they're staying in a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser & How Star Wars Can Finally Have a Marvel-Like Shared Universe And for our Entertainment News, HBO Planning Documentary On Actor Paul Reubens, and San Diego Comic Con attempting a return to normalcy And then we'll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week....
Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary. In this episode, Part 1 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Patrick Brennan, executive level leader who enjoyed a 32-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering, and contributed to the development of attractions at every Disney theme park location around the world. Our guest describes his leadership philosophy of serving as part of the team, his Disney leadership role model, his early years taking an interest in art and preparing to be a “starving artist,” and his perceptions of how Disney leadership changed over the years. 02:29 -- Leadership philosophy, Disney leadership role models 11:05 -- Self-Awareness Quiz 14:02 -- Growing up with an interest in art, early role model, working at the zoo 22:50 -- Walt Disney World Insider Free Association 26:28 -- Disney leadership through the decades, explaining the “why,” trust and respect As an affiliate, Victor Media Group may earn from qualifying purchases. Books Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek --- https://tinyurl.com/49mrfwp3 Resources The Awesome Leader League -- https://theawesomeleader.com/ Credits Guest -- Patrick Brennan https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-brennan-b978b96/ Host -- Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/ Host -- J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/ Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. -- https://victormediagroup.co/ Creator -- J.B. Adams Executive Producer -- Gerard Mitchell Audio Design -- Michael Orlowski Mixing and Editing -- Manni Simon
Billy Almon is my guest on Episode 125 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Billy is an Astrobiofuturist, exploring biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition for those of us on earth and those who will travel to the stars. He speaks to multiple generations of inventors, designers, scientists and engineers on designing the future they wish to see. He has spoken to groups at: Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design, Arizona State University, NASA, NAACP, Hidden Genius Project, Comic Con, and more. Previously, Billy was a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, leading efforts to develop immersive experiences and environments around the world. He is an inventor and holds a Masters degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University and Bachelors degree in Architecture from Howard University. Billy sits on the Board of Directors for the Biomimicry Institute, the world's leading authority on nature's solutions to design challenges. https://www.billyalmon.com/
We chat with Brian Collins, who was a Show Writer with Walt Disney Imagineering and is now with The Brainstorm Institute. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt's Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and Present. The Sweep Spot is a podcast with full episodes every two weeks, focusing on the Disneyland Resort. Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen are your hosts.For more information and to order books, visit our official website: http://www.TheSweepSpot.com
This week, Oogie Boogie Bash Dining packages have dropped, reservations are now open for more dining locations, a Main Street staple is finally set to return, we talk with Chris from DisneyChris.com about Disneyland music, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: For guests attending the Oogie Boogie Bash this year, Disney has announced two dining packages for the event. First, the Wint Country Trattoria Oogie Boogie Bash Parade Dining, which includes a three-course meal, and reserved seating for the Frightfully Fun Parade. The kids meal also includes a Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket. The other option is the Sonoma Terrace Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party. A selection of desserts and beverages is provided and takes place at 7pm and 9:30pm on party nights. Reservations begin for the dessert party on August 11th, with reservations for the Dinner package needing to be booked as a dinner reservation and upgraded in person when checking in. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/10/dinner-and-dessert-packages-are-coming-to-oogie-boogie-bash-at-disneyland/ Trader Sam's has been so busy since forever, and starting August 11th, guests can now reserve a spot prior to dining at the popular location. The reservations begin on the 15th, but guests can start reserving times on the 11th. Reservations will be open for lunch and dinner, and are expected to go fast! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/04/trader-sams-will-take-reservations-soon-in-disneyland/ Some food updates from the resort include the reservations that we spoke about earlier, Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose, and the return of the Carnation Cafe! The Carnation Cafe will be open to serve guests again on September 16th. The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose begin on August 26th, with reservations opening on August 11th. The Adventure will feature Disney Princesses greeting guests on a private patio for a photo op, a special keepsake, and a menu with breakfast and lunch offerings. Goofy's Kitchen will also return on August 18th, but without characters for the time being. The Plaza Inn will be hosting Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park buffet starting August 12th. For a complete list of the dining open at the resort and to book your visits to these locations, visit the link in our show notes. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/dining-guide-update-5-disneyland-resort-foodie-news-disney-princess-breakfast-adventures-at-napa-rose-goofys-kitchen-and-more-reopening/ We might just be getting to the middle of August, but October 31st is already on the minds of a lot of folks already! Stores around the Disneyland Resort have already started stocking new Halloween merchandise. From tees, to ears, to hats, and more, there is something for everyone. Some standout items include a Haunted Mansion/Madame Leota necklace or ear rings, a pair of hitchhiking ghosts socks, and a Haunted Mansion wallpaper folding hand fan. – https://www.micechat.com/298137-disneyland-merchandise-update-spooky-beginnings-mansion-marvel/ and https://www.shopdisney.com/halloween-shop/ Mickey and Minnie have come to the resort in a new way! Strollers at the resort now feature the classic couple, along with their classic red and black color scheme. The old design was black and blue, so this is an upgrade! The sun shades feature Mickey and Minnie on either side of the seat. The wheels are black and yellow to complete the look. For guests needing to rent one, they are $18 a day for the single stroller, and $36 for the double stroller. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/07/disneylands-strollers-just-got-a-super-cute-upgrade/ Just a quick reminder to anyone who will be visiting Disneyland in the next few weeks, the Haunted Mansion is scheduled to be down for the transition to Haunted Mansion Holiday from August 16th to September 2nd. This will be the 20th anniversary of the holiday overlay and will feature nods to each of the 20 years in the gingerbread house in the ballroom scene this year. – https://www.micechat.com/297892-disneyland-update-magic-keys-and-cast-member-needs/ Another quick note to guests going to the parks soon, Mickey's Mix Magic, the fireworks show that is currently shown at Disneyland has moved to 9pm from 9:30pm, and starting August 30th, the fireworks portion of the show will be on weekends only, with projections only on the weekdays. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12997/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_August_9__15_2021#news4 With the return of the popular bread bowls in Disney California Adventure, Disney has posted a TikTok video of how they are made! There a few steps and watching the Cast Members make these bowls of awesomeness so fast is amazing to watch. To see this for yourself, check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/08/02/video-see-how-disney-makes-their-iconic-bread-bowls/ The Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney has reopened after a brief refurbishment. None of the physical aspects of the store were changed, but most of the items available for sale were replaced and refreshed. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/photos-wonderground-gallery-reopens-at-downtown-disney-district-after-brief-refurbishment/ The Orange County Register reported this week that Disneyland has 19,000 cast members working at the resort, and is continuing to rehire furloughed and laid off cast members. This only represents 3/5 of the total workforce pre-pandemic. Much of the cast that works third shift are still on furlough, with the overnight duties falling to day shift. – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/08/06/disneyland-workforce-reaches-19000-unions-want-thousands-more-rehired/ There was a union protest outside of Disneyland on August 5th, representing a number of different Cast Member unions that work at the resort. They protested to call attention to returning to work and fighting for a living wage at the resort. The resort has been understaffed since it's reopening at the end of April and has not been able to get all the cast members to return. – https://www.micechat.com/297892-disneyland-update-magic-keys-and-cast-member-needs/ Another sad situation for Cast Members is the ticket restrictions that have been in place since reopening, making it nearly impossible to use this valuable perk of the job. Cast Members are given three different types of passes to use. Self-admission, which is unlimited, but subject to blockout days, the main entrance pass, which allows cast members and up to three guests into the parks, which is limited to about 16 days per year, with blackouts, and finally complimentary tickets, which are one-day park hoppers given to cast members two to three times a year, with no blockout dates. The first two passes have been blocked out since reopening, and the third is limited by a low amount of reservations available for the ticket type. – https://www.micechat.com/297892-disneyland-update-magic-keys-and-cast-member-needs/ The Walt Disney Animation Studios Disney+ long-term series production is moving out of Burbank. The team will be relocated to Vancouver, Canada, while the feature animation team will remain in Burbank at the studios. The relocation and added space, will allow for more projects to be worked on at the same time. The new studio is scheduled to open in January. They are also looking for new members of the team, which can be found at the link in our show notes. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2021/08/walt-disney-animation-studios-to-move-series-production-to-new-vancouver-location/ Walt Disney Imagineering has been named a Beat Workplace for Innovators by Fast Company for 2021. The title goes to companies that successfully foster cultures of innovation and encourage employees to discover, explore, and invent. Some of the stand out innovations that Imagineering has created include the Stuntronics at Avengers Campus, the gesture tracking on Web Slingers, the latest A-1000 model of animatronics, as seen in Galaxy's Edge, and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/fast-company-names-walt-disney-imagineering-a-best-workplace-for-innovators/ Discussion Topic: Chris from DisneyChris.com
Hi Everyone! Today I have Liz Richards with me today, and she is a MFA Animation SCAD student, and working pro concept art. I really appreciate all the advice Liz gave me during my animation class. Here is more about Liz: I live and work in sunny Burbank, California with my husband, 3 kiddos, and lucky black cat. I use a combination of animation, set design, and illustration daily in my career as a senior art director and concept artist for theme parks and animation. I was an Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering for 7 years, and I continue to work with Disney and other clients now as a freelance artist while I'm raising my young family. Some of my favorite professional projects have been creating the blacklight murals for Star Tours, creating plants for the Na'avi River Journey for Pandora(Avatar) at Disneyworld, and recently working on the preshow for the newly opened Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction in Tokyo Disneyland. I'm passionate about environment design and I believe background art is a crucial element of storytelling. I love collaborating and creating places with character. To see her work visit: https://www.lizrichardsdesign.com/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/lizrichardsdesign/
Brandon Kleyla is a former set decorator and creative for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he helped to create the now famous “Trader Sam's” brand with locations in both Anaheim and Orlando. I had a great time laughing and chatting with Brandon about Trader Sams and the other projects he's had a hand in, as well […]
This week, the new Magic Keys program – we have all the details released today, the Jungle Cruise premieres at the park, more food locations have reopened, more features in the Disneyland app, we answer your submitted questions, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! News: Disneyland unveiled their new annual passholder program, now called Magic Key. The new program looks to be a re-skin of the old program with four tiers of passes. The Dream Key, which has no blockout dates, allows 6 reservations held at a time, 20% off select merchandise, and 15% off select dining, with parking included for $1,399. The Believe Key is the next level with more blockout dates, 6 reservations at a time, 10% off select merchandise and dining, and 50% off parking for $949. The Enchant Key has more blockouts and is similar to the Flex Pass on the old system. It includes 4 reservations, and 10% off select merchandise and dining for $649. Finally, the Imagine Key is the new SoCal Select Pass with the most blockouts, only available to SoCal residents, 2 reservations, and 10% off select merchandise and dining for $399. All plans allow for a payment plan if the purchaser resides in California. For full details, check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/magic-key/ The World Famous Jungle Cruise had a World Premiere at Disneyland on July 24th. The cast from the movie rode the original attraction and then were accompanied by Jungle Cruise skippers down the red carpet on the small world mall to the premiere held in the Fantasyland Theater. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/exclusive-scenes-from-disneys-jungle-cruise-world-premiere-at-disneyland-park/ For those of you who either went out to the theater or purchased the Premiere Access to The Jungle Cruise on Disney+, you may want to keep an eye out on the attraction next time you visit. Some clever easter eggs have been added to the iconic attraction from the movie. Some clothing worn in the movie appears on the office door and walls of Alberta Falls, a map hangs on the wall across from the Society of Explorers and Adventurers collection, and more! Check out the link in our show notes at dlweekly.net to see more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/discover-jungle-cruise-film-easter-eggs-at-newly-enhanced-world-famous-jungle-cruise-attraction/ One of the original establishments in Disneyland has finally reopened to guests. The Golden Horseshoe returned on July 29th for dining only at this time. There was plenty of seating indoors in the cool air conditioning that is much needed in the heat of the summer. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/29/photos-golden-horseshoe-has-reopened-in-disneyland/ A staple of the Disneyland resort has returned to at least one location for now. With the reopening of the Pacific Wharf Cafe, bread bowls have returned. Guests can now get Mac and Cheese, or choice of Broccoli Cheese or Clam Chowder in the bowl. Each version is $11.49. The bowls are made fresh daily at the location and will hopefully make their way back to Disneyland as well soon. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/29/we-were-reunited-with-bread-bowls-at-pacific-wharf-cafe-at-disneyland/ One of Teresa's favorite treats is now available with a bit of alcohol! The Pixar Pier Parfait can now be ordered with Blue Caracao. The rest of the treat is exactly the same as the standard parfait. Guests can pick this one up for $13 at Adorable Snowman Treats on Pixar Pier. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/29/review-disneyland-added-booze-to-a-delicious-frozen-treat/ The peanut butter sandwich, a guest favorite, has returned to the Candy Palace on Main Street. For $5.49, guests can purchase this peanut buttery treat. The sandwich is filled with a soft peanut butter filling, with peanuts on the top and mixed into the filling, and coated in chocolate, with a red white chocolate Mickey head on it. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2021/07/31/a-fan-favorite-peanut-butter-snack-makes-a-return-to-disneyland/ The Disneyland Mobile app has become the go-to place for park tickets, mobile ordering, reservations, and now even more! The Disney Parks Blog pointed out some of the new features liek a new personalized home screen, coming later this year online check-in and digital room key for Disneyland hotels, more mobile ordering locations, PhotoPass+ One Day option, and mobile merchandise checkout. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/disneyland-resort-app-offers-even-more-magic-more-convenience-at-your-fingertips/ The LA Times recently posted an article about the new Stuntronic that had been flying high above Avengers Campus. They spoke with the team responsible for the Stuntronic and how the development process went. The delay in the land opening provided an opportunity to make the show even better by getting Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the movies to record the dialog for the show. – https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-06-29/disneyland-avengers-campus-spiderman-robot-california-adventure-stuntronics Cast members were recognized and Disneyland celebrated them by having a week of festivities around the 66th anniversary of the park. Free food, attraction experiences, and after hours celebrations in the parks were offered to cast, as well as duck races. You heard that right! Rubber ducks were purchased for $5 each for cast members, with proceeds going to Goodwill of Orange County, and were raced through “it's a small world.” In the end, Ruth, who works in Star Wars: Galaxys Edge won the race. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/disneyland-resort-cast-members-make-a-splash-for-66th-anniversary/ Disney Imagineer and Research Fellow Lanny Smoot has been granted his 100th US Patent, a first for anyone from the Walt Disney Company. His 100th patent was for “Systems and Methods of Presenting a Multi-Media Entertainment in a Venue” was granted on August 3rd. Lanny has worked for the last 42 years as a theatrical technology creator, inventor, electrical engineer, scientist and researcher, of which 22 of those years were at Disney. Most recently, he has worked on the new lightsaber technology coming to the Galactic Starcruiser experience coming to Disney World in 2022. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/08/imagineer-and-disney-research-fellow-lanny-smoot-receives-his-100th-us-patent/ An opening day icon was available for purchase on August 2nd. A replica plush from the opening day of Disneyland that traveled with Walt Disney on the Disneyland Railroad was now for sale on Amazon Treasure Truck. The plush is 36″ and is from the Disney Treasures from the Vault collection and is limited edition. The plush went for $99.99 on Monday and is no longer available, but we thought it might be interesting to talk about. – https://www.micechat.com/297411-epic-piece-of-disneyland-nostalgia-recreated-walt-disneys-engineer-mickey/ The Disneyland Resort partnered with the Anaheim Union High School District to support Anaheim's Innovative Mentoring Experience program. Six students were selected to be paired with mentors at the resort to learn the ins and outs of working in experience integration, industrial engineering, finance, marketing, human resources and public affairs. The internship lasted for six weeks, creating a business plan and presentation for a fictional theme park event. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/the-magic-of-mentorship-disneyland-resort-provides-mentorship-to-anaheim-high-school-students/ Walt Disney Imagineering has been busy with the Disney Paper Parks series online since the pandemic began, and they are at it once again. This time, they have created and posted a Pop-Up map of Disneyland that you can cut out and color. The Disney Parks blog also teased more creations in the series coming in the future! – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/07/create-your-own-pop-up-map-of-disneyland-park-with-disney-paper-parks-designed-by-walt-disney-imagineering/ Discussion Topic: Listener Submitted Questions for Tage and Teresa
That's right! The one and only Tony Baxter joined Tim, Alston, and Cristina to talk about his career with The Walt Disney Company, his love for Indiana Jones, and an exclusive travel opportunity in Egypt!Visit travelmation.net/tonybaxter for more informationFollow us on Instagram @travelmationpodcast and DM us to enter trivia!
Roger Holzberg has spent his entire working life introducing creative ideas and projects. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary film category in research/writing for a film called The Living Sea which was narrated by Meryl Streep. He then spent many years as the Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering before his own cancer diagnosis at age 50.Roger then decided to take his many creative talents and move them from entertainment to the fight against Pediatric Cancer. Since that time, Roger co founded "Reimagine Well" which has brought a number of important cutting edge ideas and systems to help children, adolescents, and young adults find more comforting ways to deal with their individual treatments. These systems and platforms are now in hospitals around the United States and the hope is that they will be introduced in many more hospitals here and around the globe as time goes on.
Creative artist, Michael "Flip" Yingling joins me on the show to talk about how he got into the field, life at LEGO, gets serious about living a creative life, and does a deep dive into Danish food and desserts. Don't miss this insightful look at life in the arts from this talented individual.Michael Yingling, also know as Flip, as Sr Product Lead at LEGO working on digital experiences for kids. A seasoned creative and voice over performer, Flip has worked in the the theater, on television, for Walt Disney Imagineering, Club Penguin, and Disney's Photopass Service where their passion for performance and storytelling turned into engaging products for users and inspirational leadership for their teams.To learn more about Creative Peacemeal Podcast, or to check out more episodes, and a corresponding blog featuring small interviews, podcast spotlights, and recipes, click here.Don't forget to follow the podcast on social media for all the latest updates, quotes, and behind the scenes photos!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/?hl=en
Join me for a wide ranging conversation with former Disney Imagineer Jim Shull! Jim is a 33 year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering and we delve into the highlights of his career from Mickey's Toontown to Shanghai Disneyland. Along the way, we tackle questions like why Shanghai doesn't have a railroad, what it's like to […]
This week, join Mousetalgia for a fascinating conversation with former Imagineer Ethan Reed. Ethan tells us his origin story which includes his childhood trips to Disneyland, his love of Donald Duck and animation, and his introduction to Walt Disney Imagineering. We also discuss his work for the company including character design work for the Duffy and Friends franchise (and the mania surrounding the Duffy bear); work on Camp Woodchuck; animating Mr. Potato Head; and his character design work for Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. Ethan packs facts and bits of trivia into his stories, including rarely-heard information about the process of designing stories and characters for Disney's theme parks worldwide.
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Theron Skees spent 23 years at Walt Disney Imagineering as an Art Director and Creative Portfolio Executive. His work includes projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Theron also led the redesign of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World to Disney Springs, and he led the Imagineering team at Disney Cruise Line. Theron’s portfolio in themed entertainment is one that serves as an inspiration for aspiring designers, Imagineers, and anyone looking to turn a dream into a reality. You can follow Theron and learn more about his work at the links below: Website: https://www.designerscreativestudio.com Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209607574152654 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theron.skees/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU0-KVHvIEeqoCi-miRfeA In this bonus episode, Theron and I answer questions on Instagram Live about his career at Walt Disney Imagineering. This episode includes a lot of stories and advice not heard on our previous episode, including how to become an Imagineer, how to overcome constructive criticism, what to do if your leaders change their mind about a project, and an idea Theron had with his friend Jason Surrell to bring the world of gaming to theme parks. What other questions would you like to ask Theron? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ Email: email@example.com Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider: Website: https://thekingdominsider.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/ Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP How to Support the Show Share the podcast with your friends Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092 Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929 Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members! Thomas N Devan L Katelyn F Enjoy the show!
Theron Skees spent 23 years at Walt Disney Imagineering as an Art Director and Creative Portfolio Executive. His work includes projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Theron also led the redesign of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World to Disney Springs, and he led the Imagineering team at Disney Cruise Line. Theron’s portfolio in themed entertainment is one that serves as an inspiration for aspiring designers, Imagineers, and anyone looking to turn a dream into a reality. You can follow Theron and learn more about his work at the links below: Website: https://www.designerscreativestudio.com Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209607574152654 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theron.skees/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU0-KVHvIEeqoCi-miRfeA In this episode, Theron and I chat about his career at Walt Disney Imagineering. A couple of my favorite stories include an in-depth discussion about Disney Springs (the conversation will give you a greater appreciation for this part of Walt Disney World) and Theron's major contributions to the retooling of Tower of Terror. Which of Theron's many contributions to Disney is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider: Website: https://thekingdominsider.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/ Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP How to Support the Show Share the podcast with your friends Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092 Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929 Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members! Thomas N Devan L Katelyn F Enjoy the show!
OH BABY, WE'RE BACK! In this otherworldly debut episode of Season 2, we're getting into all things Batuu with Walt Disney Imagineering's Scott Trowbridge — a two-time guest! — and The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge author Amy Ratcliffe.We wouldn't usually dive into a book straight away, but this one is beyond special. Written by one of my all-time favorite writers, The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is jam-packed with never-before-seen concept art, Star Wars secrets and behind-the-scenes stories of how these lands were really made. It's rare to get such a robust look at how these spaces are created — and what was left behind — and both Scott and Amy were game to discuss *everything* between its covers.Come aboard as we chat secret ride code names, design principles and even the 26-foot-long hamster-gerbil that lives on within Star Wars lore!!!(Make sure to stick around for a couple'a wink-winks about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser — and yes, THAT lightsaber — as well as a personal Churros hotline story about the perils of eating blue food!!)Find Amy Ratcliffe on Twitter and Instagram, and hear more about her many fabulous books on her website!Support your local bookstores! Purchase The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge from a store near you, or grab an autographed copy from Malaprops Bookstore.join Carlye's Patreon for more theme park shenanigans! $5 a month for bonus podcasts, Q&A blogs and monthly themed zinesSign up now! https://www.patreon.com/carlyewiselSpend more time with @CarlyeWisel…ON INSTAGRAM!ON TWITTER!AT HER FACEBOOK GROUP!AT HER WEBSITE!And don't forget to call us at 747-CHURROS! We'll be waiting by the phone
In this special episode, Steven Grant, Director of Architectural Studies in Themed Environments Integration at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning, joins the show with students, Ellen Page and Nick Paraphilis, to discuss the program. A 28-year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering and the former president of the American Institute of Architects Orlando Chapter, Steven unpacks the inspiration behind the endeavor and what’s required to make similar projects a reality. While integrating the profession into unchartered academia can be challenging, as Steven, Ellen, and Nick explain, providing students collaboration opportunities in educational arenas is its own reward. For questions about the application process, please visit the program website or contact CityLab-Orlando@ufl.edu. Resources: University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning - https://dcp.ufl.edu/programs/#graduate Connect with Dan: www.dancockerell.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dancockerell/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dancockerell/ Facebook - www.facebook.com/dancockerellspeaker
Join hosts Brittani and Seth as they bring you news and discussion about all things theme parks, as well as their thoughts on the latest movies, television, and video games on The Attractions Podcast. This week on The Attractions Podcast, Brittani and Seth discuss the just-announced opening date of Florida's first White Castle, the new Harry Potter New York retail space coming to New York City, Fairy Godmother's new look at Tokyo Disneyland, the postponing of Beatrix restaurant at Disney Springs, Disney Cruise Line's sneak peek at the Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line's U.K. vaccination requirements, cast members receiving a free Disney hotel stay after finding out their blockouts from the parks were extended, Walt Disney World beginning mass hiring for the theme parks, passholder previews announced for Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Universal Studios Japan temporarily closing once again, and Walt Disney Imagineering's surprise reveal of Project Kiwi, a new robotic walk-around character project in development. We welcome your suggestions and want you to be a part of the discussion. Please send your comments to email@example.com with the subject line “The Attractions Podcast.” Statements or opinions herein are those of the hosts and advertisers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the producers, Dream Together Media LLC, or staff.
Natasha Case started in architecture and landed in ice cream after one of her professors compared a project of hers to a layer cake. So she took her creative energy and co-founded the premium ice cream brand Coolhaus with her wife Freya Estreller in 2009. Since then Natasha has used the brand as a platform to inspire other LGBTQ+ millennial entrepreneurs. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Natasha, chatting about the importance of partnering with other brands that share your values, how business can be a vehicle for positive cultural change and some of her tips for succeeding in the early stages of building a brand. Pro-tip: Sometimes you just have to buy a broken-down ice cream truck, tow it to a music festival and see where things go! This episode of Lead With We was produced and edited by Goal 17 Media and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. You can also watch episodes on YouTube at We First TV. Natasha Case Natasha Case is the Co-founder and CEO of Coolhaus, public speaker and former architect. After working at Walt Disney Imagineering, she and her partner Freya and I took a barely drivable postal van to Coachella Music Fest and sold our first architecturally-inspired ice cream sandwiches to an audience of 100,000 people. Since then, Coolhaus has become a business with a growth multiple of 2-3x per year. Natasha was recognized by Zagat 30 Under 30 in 2012 and a Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2013, and she has been a guest judge on Food Network’s “Chopped” & “King of Cones,” a spokesperson for the California Milk Advisory Board in 2014, and an official panelist at SXSW & American Express. Resources Connect with Natasha on LinkedIn Learn more about Coolhaus For case studies and other free resources about purposeful business, go to WeFirstBranding.com Check out Simon’s new book, Lead With We, now available for pre-order
WDW Radio # 631 - Interview with Imagineer Kevin Lively and Jungle Cruise Updates I want to welcome you aboard the World Famous Jungle Cruise with our very special (former) Skipper, Kevin Lively. Kevin shares his personal journey from fan to Cast Member, and stories from the rivers in Disneyland and in Tokyo. We'll also talk about his time at Walt Disney Imagineering, as show writer and story editor, and maintaining the legacy of classic attractions that include Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. We also discuss the changes in the Jungle Cruise, including a reveal of a new show scene, the S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers) and much more. It is an outstanding discussion... until Kevin left me out standing on the dock. Alone. And if you don't believe me, you're probably in... (OK, moving on...) ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog! WDWRadio.com/Clubhouse - Join the community and conversation on Facebook WDWRadioNATION - Get monthly rewards, and help support the show WDWRadioLIVE.com - Watch and chat Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET on Facebook LIVE WDWRadio.com/Events - WDW Radio Disney meets, events, cruises, and more! WDWRadio.com/Shirts - Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, logo gear and more! WDWRadio.com/Podcasts - Show notes, links and photos 407-900-9391 - Call the voicemail with a question, comment or "Hello!" from the parks THANK YOU for your support by voting WDW Radio Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WDW Radio show. Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week! - Lou Mongello ---------------------------------- LouMongello.com - Let me help you turn what you love into what you do with one-on-one mentoring, mastermind groups, and my Momentum Workshop in Walt Disney World. I can also speak at your event, conference, business, or school. ---------------------------------- LET'S CONNECT! Twitter.com/LouMongello Facebook.com/WDWRadio WDWRadio.com/Community Instagram.com/LouMongello YouTube.com/WDWRadio Pinterest.com/LouMongello LinkedIn.com/in/LouMongello
Our guest is Walt Disney Imagineering designer and art producer, Doris Hardoon. Doris joined the company for the Epcot project in 1979 helping to develop the China Pavilion. She lent her unique cultural perspective to international projects with Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Her crowning glory is found at Shanghai Disneyland, where she developed the legendary design voice for the resort that is “authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese." Show hosts: Mel McGowan & Freddy Martin Show design & production: Barry R. Hill Theme music composed by Rob Watson, closing music by the Lost Dogs. Give us a shoutout on iTunes; we love the attention, and browse www.themedattraction.com for even more on the attractions industry. Thanks for listening!
Disney fans rejoice! Recently retired Imagineer Kevin Rafferty visits the show to discuss his 40+ years working for Walt Disney Imagineering. Although he's worked on iconic attractions like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Cars Land, Test Track and so many more, we focus our attention on the attractions he developed that didn't make it into the parks. Did you know that Disney's Hollywood Studios was supposed to have an epic Dick Tracy ride and an entire land based on Roger Rabbit? Plus, he was working on a Mickey Mouse attraction long before he completed Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. That and so much more on this episode. Get Kevin Rafferty's book, "Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career" Find links and info related to this episode in the show notes. Join the DCTC Community to gain early access to episodes and bonuses! Support the show at no additional cost to you. Get yourself a FREE audiobook by visiting Audible, shop at Amazon and shopDisney with our special links or save 15% at Whosits & Whatsits with code "DCTC." Gain access to exclusive episodes you won’t find in your podcast feed. Find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @DizneyCTC. Get FREE Disney gifts from DCTC. Visit the show at DizneyCoastToCoast.com. Write us at Contact@DePodcastNetwork.com. Leave a voicemail at 818-860-2569 "Dizney Coast to Coast" is part of the DePodcast Network. Love the show? Leave a tip.
Kevin Rafferty just retired from Walt Disney Imagineering on April 1 after more than 40 years at Disney. Kevin's work includes some of your favorite attractions: Cars Land, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Tower of Terror, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Test Track, Mickey's Philharmagic, Toy Story Mania, and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (which was Kevin's final project at Disney). After 42 years at Imagineering, Kevin has a lot to be proud of, and his legacy will certainly be remembered and enjoyed for generations. Kevin is also the author of his autobiography, "Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career", which you can purchase online or at your local bookstore. It's one of those books that should be on every Disney fan's shelf and one that contains so many incredible stories behind your favorite Disney attractions. In this episode, I have the honor of chatting with Kevin about his favorite project at Imagineering, where he would take Walt if Walt were still alive today, what he's loved most about working at Imagineering, and how he plans to spend his retirement. Which of Kevin's many projects is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider: Website: https://thekingdominsider.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/ Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP How to Support the Show Share the podcast with your friends Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092 Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929 Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members! Thomas N Enjoy the show!
04/09/21 - On this episode, Michael recaps multiple theme park panels he's attended over the years that give a deeper insight into the theme parks and Walt Disney Imagineering!
Tom K. Morris, former Creative Development Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, led an impressive 35-year career with WED. Working at Walt Disney Imagineering from 1980 until 2016, Tom helped to develop attractions like Journey Into Imagination, Star Tours, Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Tom also served as an executive producer for Hong Kong Disneyland, and he helped develop concepts for attractions like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: Starring Aerosmith and DisneyQuest. Beyond his role in Imagineering, Tom is also a lifelong Disney fan and a fellow Disney historian. In this episode, I have the honor of chatting with Tom about his early days at Disneyland, his transition to Walt Disney Imagineering (still known as WED at the time), some of the classic attractions he helped to develop, and his new books, which are currently in development. Be sure to follow Tom on Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomkmorris Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomkmorris/ Which of Tom's many projects is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ Email: email@example.com Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider: Website: https://thekingdominsider.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/ Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP How to Support the Show Share the podcast with your friends Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092 Join the Imagineer Society - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929 Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members! Thomas N Enjoy the show!