Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Marquee at Walt Disney World Resort

Last week, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) put the finishing touches on the new resort’s marquee. Measuring in at 46 feet, six inches, the resort’s sign now holds the record as the largest freestanding marquee at Walt Disney World Resort. (Incidentally, it’s 18 inches taller than the famous “HOLLYWOOD” sign in Los Angeles, Calif.).The photo, supplied by WDI, shows three layers of development the marquee went through in its creation – from digital design, to model, to full-scale … [Read more...]

New ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game Coming Feb 22nd to Walt Disney World

When the new “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” game debuts at Magic Kingdom on February 22, it will be up to guests to discover and defeat the Disney villains who are wreaking havoc behind the scenes at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park.In this role-playing game, guests become apprentice sorcerers and embark on a challenge to stop these animated villains from stealing one of the four shattered pieces of Merlin’s powerful crystal ball.  Armed with spells in the form of special cards, … [Read more...]

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom opens to Walt Disney World Guests in February

This immersive, role-playing game features unprecedented interaction with Disney characters who come to life in previously hidden areas throughout Magic Kingdom park.Families, friends and individuals can take on the animated Disney Villains by casting spell cards featuring Rafiki, Rapunzel, Woozles and more than 60 other characters. Individually created by Disney artists and trading card game experts, these beautiful, collectible cards will come in packages of five free to Guests ready to … [Read more...]

Disney and GM Renew Contract and Create Magic for Guests at a Re-Imagined Test Track Experience

Disney and General Motors have renewed their long-term business relationship with a new multi-year corporate alliance.As part of the new alliance, GM will be actively involved with Walt Disney Imagineering in the development of a re-imagined, design-centric Test Track experience. The refurbished Test Track will be presented by one of GM’s most famous brands, Chevrolet. As Chevrolet marks its 100th anniversary, the new alliance agreement enables General Motors to tell its story in new and … [Read more...]

How They Haunt – Behind the scenes of Disney’s Haunted Mansion

“Welcome, Foolish Mortals” are the words that you hear when you board one of Disney’s most popular rides, The Haunted Mansion.The original ride opened in 1969 in Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom, and in 1971 at Walt Disney World. While the idea behind the ride was thought up by Walt himself, he was not alive to see the finished product. The Imagineers had to finish the ride’s design and construction on their own after Walt’s passing in 1966. The ride represents their ability to come together after … [Read more...]

Raytheon Extends Sum of all Thrills Experience to the Home on MathMovesU.com

Raytheon Company  is extending the reach of its Sum of all Thrills™ experience from the theme park into cyberspace through a new virtual thrill ride and math learning component at www.MathMovesU.com.Whether at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort, or at their computers, students can now experience math and science in an exhilarating way: by designing and then riding their very own thrill rides. Raytheon's goal is to stimulate excitement for math among students by linking … [Read more...]

James Cameron Gets Further Inspiration at Disneyland Resort

On Friday, legendary film director James Cameron and fellow Lightstorm Entertainment production partner Jon Landau toured the Cars Land expansion site at Disney California Adventure park, accompanied by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and a team from Walt Disney Imagineering.While there are no immediate plans for an AVATAR-themed land at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Cameron and Landau used the visit as inspiration and to further familiarize themselves with the immersive … [Read more...]

Time lapse video of Fantasyland Construction

Time-lapse of the beginning of construction of the expansion of Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.Related articlesMagic Kingdom Fantasyland Construction Update October 2011 (onlywdworld.com) Imagineers Use Innovative Technology in Fantasyland Expansion (chipandco.com) … [Read more...]

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Is Play-Tested at Walt Disney World

Watch carefully over the coming days and you may see people casting spells in Adventureland. Walt Disney Imagineering has recruited Cast Members to test a new interactive experience: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.Early next year, Disney Guests become the heroes in this role-playing trading-card game as they try to defeat the Disney Villains who are working to take over the Magic Kingdom. Armed with magic spells in the form of special cards, players must search for the magic symbols … [Read more...]

John Lasseter Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Two-time Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter today received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from the The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his many and varied feature animation film credits, Lasseter serves as Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering.The celebration was emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speaker, actress Bonnie Hunt. … [Read more...]