Interview on The Mouse Knows Best Podcast

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Tonight (technically last night, since it’s after midnight as I write this) I recorded an interview with Cody, Jared, Joe, and Jenn from The Mouse Knows Best podcast. We talked about Imagineering and several of the principles in The Imagineering Pyramid, including It All Begins with a Story, Hidden Mickeys,  and The “it’s a small world” Effect, as well as my favorite Disney animated films and park attractions, and how I got interested in Imagineering way back when. It was a great conversation and I really enjoyed meeting everyone.

The episode should air soon. I’ll be sure to post about when it’s live.

Thanks!

Updated Resources Page

I recently realized that some of the links on the Resources page were bad. I posted The Imagineering Pyramid discussion guide, workbook, and endnotes in a “public” Dropbox folder and linked to those documents, but Dropbox recently removed “public” folders, so I had to change the links.

My apologies to anyone who tried to download any of these and ended up at a “file not found” page.

Take care!

New Items in My Imagineering Library

I recently added a couple of new items to My Imagineering Library.

The first is The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World by Kevin and Susan Neary. As the title suggests, this book is a guide to Hidden Mickeys at the theme parks, resorts, and other areas of Walt Disney World. I picked this up during our recent trip to Walt Disney World.

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I haven’t had a chance to compare this side-by-side with the original Hidden Mickey book by Steven Barrett (which I referenced when writing The Imagineering Pyramid and is a must have for those interested in Hidden Mickeys), but I expect that together they form are a pretty exhaustive look at Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World (as least as of when the books were printed).

Another new addition to my Imagineering Library is The Magic Kingdom Storybook, written and illustrated by Imagineer Jason Grandt. I’ve been wanting to pick this up for a while, and planned to buy it at Walt Disney World during our recent visit. Unfortunately, I was not able to find it while there (I wasn’t able to check every shop, but couldn’t find it at either The Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom, or at the World Of Disney story at Disney Springs). I ended up buying this through the Shop Disney Parks smart phone app.

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I’ve only had a chance to flip through this so far, but this book features lots of gorgeous artwork with hidden surprises (or Five-Legged Goats) for fans of the Disney parks.

Take care!

Heading Off to Disney World!

You may recall me posting about the “Help Us Bring Our Music to the Mouse” fundraising campaign for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World (see this post).

Well, that trip is no longer upcoming – it’s happening today! This week I’ll traveling to Walt Disney World to chaperone a trip with our local high school music department.

Music to the Mouse

The high school marching band will be marching in Magic Kingdom on Friday, and our A Cappella groups will be singing at Disney Springs on Sunday.

Music and Disney Magic – A Perfect Combination!

I may post the occasional picture or short post while I’m there, particularly if I can get good pictures of some the Imagineering Pyramid principles in practice.

Imagineering Process Sneak Peek – An Overview of the Process

This post provides a sneak peek of The Imagineering Process: Using the Disney Theme Park Design Process to Bring Your Creative Ideas to Live.

The “Imagineering Process” is a simplified version of the process Walt Disney Imagineering uses when it designs and builds theme park attractions, resorts, and other venues.

There are seven pieces or stages in the process. Five stages form the core of the process, while the other two serve as Prologue and Epilogue for the process.

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The following diagram provides a visual representation of the Imagineering Process. As you can see, the Prologue (Needs, Requirements, and Constraints) leads to the five core stages of the process:

  • Blue Sky
  • Concept Development
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Models

These stages in turn lead to the Epilogue (Openings, Evaluations, and Show Quality Standards).

The book will explore each of these stages in more detail, including how each is practiced by Walt Disney Imagineering as well as how each can applied to your own creative ideas and projects.

 

Thoughts?

Tell me what you think in the comments!