Imagineers celebrate fifty years of creativity

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2002 3:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Fifty years after Walt formed his creative team for Disneyland, vice chairman of Disney's Imagineer division recalls early challenges opening Disneyland.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 4:21 AM

To infinity... and beyond !

Hopefully, the financial side of Disney will better and hopefully we will see some new E-ticket rides soon. Look at Disney Sea, when they have the money, they can still make wonderful rides/parks :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2002 4:24 AM
Nice article. Makes me want to be an Imagineer.

Once again, I'm all for that Villains park for us big kids. :-)
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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 4:58 AM

Just to quickly point out, Disney put no money into Disney Sea. That was all corporate investors from Asia that paid for the Disney name.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002 5:28 AM
Yeah, but the Imagineers are building Mission: Space which, from all accounts, is going to rival Spiderman for best theme park attraction anywhere.
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 5:29 AM

Hopefully, the financial side of Disney will better and hopefully we will see some new E-ticket rides soon.

Obviously you haven't been following Mission: Space.

You want an E-ticket ride.. hehehe

(who just realized he's old enough to remember the A-E ticket books)

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 6:47 AM

They better improve Disney Studios Paris A LOT the next couple of years...

Wednesday, December 18, 2002 9:08 AM

You know, with the possible exception of Tokyo Disneyland, none of the Disney parks opened with the success that they had expected. That goes all the way back to Disneyland.

They didn't build Rome in a day and they generally don't build great theme parks in a day. It has taken Cedar Point 130+ years to get where it is.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002 3:17 PM

What is Mission Space supposed to be like. Disney was very vague in their press release back from like 1998, and it's been kept very hush hush.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002 4:59 PM
It is supposed to be a trip to Mars. From what I hear you will feel up to 2.5 g's as well as weightlessness where you will be floating. It will be an interactive thing and should be one heck of a ride when it opens. Epcot's attendence should improve from this.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 5:55 PM
Epcot attendance improvement? That doesn't sound like a good thing to me. (I do know it's in the best interest of the park) Epcot is personally my favorite Disneyworld park. I love how you can be in the United Kingdom and know that Mexico is right down the street. I also think Epcot has A LOT of little secrets that you find every time you go. It's a shame the park is not a favorite today. I learn so much at Epcot but I don't realize it until I leave the park because they trickya into learning. And who could forget the cuisine! BTW, if you are craving a funnel cake when you're at Epcot, fight the craving and get a Canadian pastry in one of the carts, it was absolutely outstanding.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 3:46 AM
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Doesn't Epcot still have the third-highest attendance in the country? That certainly isn't bad.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:32 PM

I mean that Disney comes with many cheap rides lately, but when they don't have to pay for a ride, like the Tokyo parks, they can still make amazing things.

I'm following the progress of Mission:Space, a ride that's been under development/construction for about 10 years now. It has even been daleyed to 2003. Probably money problems. ;)


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