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    60 Years of Imagineering the Impossible | Articles

    Founded in December 1952, Walt Disney Imagineering (known as WDI in-house) is celebrating 60 years of innovation this year. Walt Disney once said “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” and making the impossible real is WDI’s specialty. To celebrate, the Imagineers are throwing open the doors (at least a crack) of their magic factory to the public at next month’s D23 Expo. The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Pavilion at the event will give visitors a rare chance to explore the world of WDI and see how the innovation happens. Read on to see what to expect if you can be there, and get a peek at the event i you can’t make it.“People always want to come to Imagineering, and we constantly get requests for tours. So we thought instead of bringing everybody to our campus in Glendale, what if we bring Imagineering to people so they can visit it?” explains Dave Fisher, show producer of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion
    Dave says the pavilion has been designed to give visitors a real look at how Imagineers work and even a peek at hush-hush works in progress. “We have a technology called DISH, which stands for Digital Immersive Showroom, and we’ll show how it’s helped us design several attractions — visitors will be able to virtually ride two attractions, the same way we do when we’re testing them. We’re also going to be doing sneak peeks at upcoming projects – including Disney Springs, the reimagining of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. There will be teasers for new attractions based on Avatar and Star Wars that we’re working on now for the Disney Parks. We’ll have a play test for a project called Adventure Trading Company, and there will be an outlet of Mickey’s of Glendale, the Imagineering Cast Member store, because like all great attractions we end with a gift shop! There will be some exclusive merchandise there for Expo visitors to take home.”


    Very exciting stuff. I hope we get some official announcements soon on what parks these new attractions will be showing up in and if a rebirth of Disneyland's Tomorrowland is finally going to happen!!!

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    Yes!

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      Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

      Sadly I'm looking forward to the imagineering merchandise more than the Avatar and Star Wars previews.
      Many Bothans died to bring you these fastpasses.

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        Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

        Uuugghhh they're still going on about Avatar. I was seriously hoping they gave up on that. Or that it was all just a bad dream.

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          awesome can't wait to see the sneak previews!
          These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

          DL 55th BDAY trip report
          My company had a special night at the park
          WdW trip report with WWoHP
          NYE 2011 trip report
          Mice Chat 7th anniversary
          Leap year 24 hour report
          New DCA trip report
          NYE 2012
          HKDL trip report

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            I hope they blow our minds and show a scale model of the New Tomorrowland!!

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              Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

              Is that a model for the original Space Pavilion for Epcot!?

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                Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                Hopefully any previews of AVATAR for Animal Kingdom vastly exceed expectations.

                This line caught my attention though, and I actually rolled my eyes: "We’ll have a play test for a project called Adventure Trading Company, and there will be an outlet of Mickey’s of Glendale, the Imagineering Cast Member store, because like all great attractions we end with a gift shop! There will be some exclusive merchandise there for Expo visitors to take home."

                Because for an attraction to be 'great', it has to funnel through a forced retail opportunity, right? I am actually not that surprised a modern Disney parks employee let that gem slip, but come on - ask Walt Disney about that, with Mr. Lincoln, or Pirates (a gift shop near the exit, but not forced into it), Haunted Mansion, Nature's Wonderland, Peter Pan's Flight, the Disneyland Railroad, Nature's Wonderland, ,Matterhorn Bobsleds, etc etc. The forced 'exit through the gift shop' is a specialty of modern theme park planning - Star Tours, Stitch's Great Escape, Toy Story Midway Mania, Expedition Everest, many attractions at Universal Hollywood, and such. Real classy insinuation there about a attraction having to be bundled with opportunity to sell things right away in order to be 'great' by standards of current Disney, and that someone says it so blatantly.
                when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                  Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                  Originally posted by Rave View Post
                  Is that a model for the original Space Pavilion for Epcot!?
                  Sure is!

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                    Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                    Originally posted by RegionsBeyond View Post
                    Hopefully any previews of AVATAR for Animal Kingdom vastly exceed expectations.

                    This line caught my attention though, and I actually rolled my eyes: "We’ll have a play test for a project called Adventure Trading Company, and there will be an outlet of Mickey’s of Glendale, the Imagineering Cast Member store, because like all great attractions we end with a gift shop! There will be some exclusive merchandise there for Expo visitors to take home."

                    Because for an attraction to be 'great', it has to funnel through a forced retail opportunity, right? I am actually not that surprised a modern Disney parks employee let that gem slip, but come on - ask Walt Disney about that, with Mr. Lincoln, or Pirates (a gift shop near the exit, but not forced into it), Haunted Mansion, Nature's Wonderland, Peter Pan's Flight, the Disneyland Railroad, Nature's Wonderland, ,Matterhorn Bobsleds, etc etc. The forced 'exit through the gift shop' is a specialty of modern theme park planning - Star Tours, Stitch's Great Escape, Toy Story Midway Mania, Expedition Everest, many attractions at Universal Hollywood, and such. Real classy insinuation there about a attraction having to be bundled with opportunity to sell things right away in order to be 'great' by standards of current Disney, and that someone says it so blatantly.
                    This was my reaction to that line as well. I did a double-take upon reading it. Its translation reads something along the lines of, "In eyes of the modern Disney corporation, an attraction is only valuable if it makes $$$. Artistry, innovation, originality? Psh."

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                      Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                      Originally posted by RegionsBeyond View Post
                      Hopefully any previews of AVATAR for Animal Kingdom vastly exceed expectations.
                      I don't think it's hard for Avatar to exceed expectations. The expectations for it are so low that anything halfway decent would be exceeding expectations.
                      "Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada."

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                        Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                        Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                        I don't think it's hard for Avatar to exceed expectations. The expectations for it are so low that anything halfway decent would be exceeding expectations.
                        lol wtf is this? Disney has put together a top tier Imagineering team to work on it and James Cameron is a perfectionist who only accepts the best the budget for this project has increased numerous times over the past 2 years. Do you also hate Cars Land?

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                          Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                          The budget and skill level of Imagineering team may be high that is attached to the project - but truly, there is no concentrated buzz/excitement about Avatar as a property coming to AK that I've seen anywhere. That's what calsig means.

                          The movie made a lot of money, but characters/story and the settings and concept don't have a massive excited following as properties like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, etc do. If the detail and scale and a truly 'top-shelf' attraction is there when it opens it may well win people over, but the film itself barely registers as a 'meh, it was pretty but boring' for most people - they went to see it based on hype of the amazing 3D and graphics (valid praise) and found, for the most part it seems from reviews and public opinion - a pretty routine, dull, average film with a lot of money invested in graphics.

                          That's why there is ridiculously low expectations - the movie is a non-entity in terms of staying power or general interest/fandom following. In addition, a lot of people (myself included) seem to think adding it to Animal Kingdom is a rather boneheaded idea on a basic conceptual level, so that adds to the opposite of excitement.
                          when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                            Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                            Originally posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
                            lol wtf is this? Disney has put together a top tier Imagineering team to work on it and James Cameron is a perfectionist who only accepts the best the budget for this project has increased numerous times over the past 2 years. Do you also hate Cars Land?
                            Disney's last top tier team + big name director produced Lone Ranger.

                            There is very little excitement on the boards for an Avatar attraction when compared to Beastly Kingdom or even a Marvel, Star Wars, or TRON attraction.

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                              Re: Disney Blog hints at D23 Expo "Sneak peaks" for Star Wars and Avatar attractions!

                              Originally posted by Rave View Post
                              Disney's last top tier team + big name director produced Lone Ranger.

                              There is very little excitement on the boards for an Avatar attraction when compared to Beastly Kingdom or even a Marvel, Star Wars, or TRON attraction.
                              Not sure how the Lone Ranger comparison even fits here. The imagineers don't make the Disney movies. Also Avatar wasn't made by Disney as well. Given the type of person Cameron is I am sure this will be carefully planned out and executed. If they don't let him do that then it will never happen IMO.

                              As far as excitement not the whole board hates the idea. I myself think it will be awesome and look forward to it. Also keep in mind people outside of these boards actually talk about this property still especially over seas (this of course just my observation when I talk to my colleagues in other countries since they know i'm a Disney freak they always ask me when it's opening). If anyone was at comic con last week there were plenty of Na'Vi wandering around. Sorry but I can't just bash something for no reason I need to see what they have to offer first and how it will fit into the park.
                              These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

                              DL 55th BDAY trip report
                              My company had a special night at the park
                              WdW trip report with WWoHP
                              NYE 2011 trip report
                              Mice Chat 7th anniversary
                              Leap year 24 hour report
                              New DCA trip report
                              NYE 2012
                              HKDL trip report

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