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  • Legendary Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde is Retiring

    BREAKING: Legendary Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde is Retiring
    https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/11/brea...e-has-retired/

    Joe Rohde, the legendary Imagineer who brought to life Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora: The World of AVATAR, Aulani in Hawaii, and so much more, has announced his retirement from Disney after 40 years in the industry. His last day with the company will be January 4th, 2021.

    Departure statement via instagram:

    "I’m sure by now many of you have come across the news that I am retiring from Walt Disney Imagineering. It has been 40 years since I stepped foot in the door at age 25, not knowing anything about theme parks, Disney, or what it meant to work for a big company. Every day of my life since then has been a learning experience. I’m very glad to have had that opportunity, and proud of the work that has been done, not just by me, but by all my fellow Imagineers, and especially those who worked by my side over the decades. But 40 years is a long time, and this strange quiet time seems like a great opportunity to slip away without too much disruption. If I wait, I will once again be in the middle of another huge project and by the time that is done, I would be truly old. I’m not that old yet and there are things I want to do that cannot be done here. We encourage a culture of storytellers, not just amongst ourselves but among our guests and our fans, and because of this, there is a strong temptation to take this moment and turn it into a story. But what story? I think it’s a coming of age story. I started at Disney as a child, and I learned almost all my life lessons there, developed my confidence, recognized my skills and weaknesses, and went on to work with both... and do what could be done. I could stay forever, but that is like remaining in another kind of womb. I want to see what a grown man might be able to do on his own. This site here is not really for Disney. It’s for us. I imagine that there are many of you who I will be sad that I will no longer be a daily part of the Disney company, and there will be some of you who will drift away and no longer follow my ruminations because they feel they aren’t relevant. But I will still be here. And I will still be thinking about things, and doing things, and talking about things… Because that’s kind of what I do. I mentioned in my departure note and I will mention here again the tremendous debt that I owe to our guests and our fans who have been so generous. Working as an Imagineer has made me a good designer, but it is all of you who have made me a better person."

  • #2
    This is bittersweet. I'm glad for him getting to retire after 40 years. But I feel like this will cause a major void in the Imagineering department.

    I wonder if he will get a special tribute in the Animal Kingdom, as he worked at the park since way back during its' development stage.

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    • #3
      I feel the same way, Spongeocto4.

      One hopes that the Yeti will be fixed in his honor as well.

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