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Tony Baxter, Senior VP of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, is stepping down from leading up the team that comes up with all of our favorite rides and attractions. Baxter has had a rich 47 year history with Disneyland from scooping ice cream to creating some of the park’s most famous rides like Big Thunder Mountain.
“It has been a wondrous 47 years,” Baxter said in a statement. “The Imagineers I have known and shared these times with have provided invaluable experiences not to be found anywhere else on Earth. The future of Imagineering and Disney Parks is incredibly bright.”
Baxter got to do and see it all in his tenure with the Walt Disney Company. At Disneyland, Baxter led the creation of some of Disneyland’s major rides, including Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Abroad, Baxter also was the foreman for the development of Disneyland Paris and worked on the creation of Walt Disney World.
Baxter does not want to be too far from Disney and has offered himself up as a mentor to current imagineers. He will be greatly missed and gets many thanks from all his friends at Disney.
“Like so many Imagineering greats before him, his creativity, passion and knowledge will have a remarkable impact on the next generations of (Disney) dreamers and doers,” said Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, in a statement. “We thank Tony for his immeasurable contributions to the Disney legacy so far, and look forward to the next chapter of his Disney story.”
Photo Credit: OC Register
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Disney recently welcomed Brad Garrett and his family back to the Disneyland Resort. Aside from being an award-winning actor and one of the nicest guys around, Brad is also known for providing the voices for some Disney and Disney•Pixar characters on the big screen, most recently in Disney’s “Tangled” as Hook Hand and before that as Chef Gusteau in the Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille.”
Brad told us he is currently working on another animation project, “Planes” for DisneyToon Studios, which draws inspiration from the world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”
Take a look back at more celebrity visits at Disney Parks in the posts below:
- Famous Funnyman Sinbad Gets ‘Goofy’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- ‘Modern Family’ Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Takes Flight at Goofy’s Sky School
- ‘Idol’ Lee DeWyze Visits Magic Kingdom Park
Source Disney Parks Blog
Recently I’ve become a total Twitter monster. I can’t stop tweeting, and I can’t stop reading other people’s tweets. It’s fun to see what strangers are thinking! (Such as the “What the…?” tweets floating around about the World Cup being hosted in Qatar for 2022.)
Not all of the profiles on Twitter are random strangers or business trying to gain more followers as well as inform the public about their company’s latest news. Some Disney fans have created Twitter profiles to represent figures in the park, or to spread around some Disney love with trivia and quotes. Be sure to follow these profiles.
A few times a day, @Disney_Tweets posts little bits of Disney trivia and quotes from Walt Disney.
@MurphyTracker and @MurphyTDragon
While there may be two profiles representing our favorite Fantasmic! dragon, each is different. It’s like having both sides of Murphy’s brain on Twitter.
The beloved yeti from the Matterhorn won’t eat you; instead he’s taking time to tweet about your hat that just flew off.
They tweet quotes from Disney movies and tv shows. I love retweeting some of these.
It’s exactly what it sounds like — the seagulls from the buoy where theattraction is. Mine! Mine!
You can follow your favorite Innoventions host!
Yep, it’s true. You can read what the most wanted wench from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride has to say. (She says lots about @HaroldSnowman.)
There are lots more profiles like these out there, you’ve just got to find them! (A lot of them follow each other, so it’s really not THAT difficult to find them.)
Also, remember that Chip and Co. has a Twitter! You can follow us at @chipandcompany.
Some of our writers have personal Twitter accounts. You can follow me at @ocswaynee; Ken at @kenwdw; Lisa at @DisneyExplorer; Nancy at @affordablemouse; and Mike at @mikeellis2000; Chris is @chrisw889; and George (from 2 Lonely Deeks) at @biblioadonis.
Photo Courtesy of @MurphyTracker’s Twitter.
“I welcome the opportunity that the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association(TEA) has extended in selecting me as President for the upcoming year,” says Rick Rothschild, founder and chief creative officer of FAR OUT! Creative Direction. “For TEA, serving the global community of those who create compelling guest experiences and places, this next year is significant as it leads up to the 20th anniversary of TEA’s founding. I look forward to leading the TEA International Board in its efforts, to building on the legacy of the past two decades, and to helping plan the next 20 years – as we look towards continued growth and improvement of benefits for the members of this important and unique association.”
Creative plus technical expertise; museum plus theme park experience a former creative executive with and current consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, Rothschild’s projects include directing the creation of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and bringing back the Captain EO attraction. Blending a unique set of entertainment skills developed over 40 years of experience in the world of theater, Disney theme parks, media and museums, Rick Rothschild brings a deep technical knowledge together with a strong creative perspective to provide both vision and direction to any project.
Rothschild is also part of Global Immersion’s creative technology team supporting the development of unique planetarium and immersive theater experiences worldwide. Along with the responsibility of creatively directing and producing over 25 separate Disney attractions during a 30-year tenure as a creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, Rick led and participated in a variety of concept development teams that explored new attractions, complete theme parks and other resort, recreation and immersive experience related business lines. His work at Disney also included consulting with a number of prestigious museums and institutions around the United States.
“Rick Rothschild’s background with entertainment and education projects alike, and his understanding of both creative design and tech design enable him to effectively address the needs of museums along with theme parks and to speak to all TEA membership and market sectors,” says sitting TEA president Steven J. Thorburn PE, of Thorburn Associates Inc.. “Rick Rothschild has all the ‘right stuff’ to take the Themed Entertainment Association and the business communities it serves into the new, post-recession global commerce environment: creative dynamism, innovative spirit, leadership quality plus rich experience and a long line of successes at the epicenter of our industry. I look forward to passing Rick the gavel in established TEA tradition this November, when TEA convenes at the IAAPA Attractions Expo.”
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. TEA represents some 7,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in more than 650 firms in 30 US states and 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE conference (Story, Architecture, Technology, Experience) held this year in Orlando Sept 30-Oct 1. TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index, TEA Project Development Guidelines, and TEA Annual & Directory. Visit teaconnect.org.
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