WDIdolatry: Monkeying Around With The Jungle Cruise

This article is part of ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn't ultimately get a job at WDI, I…Read More...

WDIdolatry: A Carousel of Progress 4th Act set in the 1980s

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn't ultimately get a…Read More...

The layout of EPCOT Center’s lost Israel pavilion

For years there has been much speculation about the design of the proposed Israel pavilion, which was featured prominently along with Spain and Equatorial Africa for EPCOT Center's phase 2. A little artwork has trickled out, mostly Herb Ryman renderings. I am unsure if this art had been previously published, but I discovered this layout drawing for what appears to be a complete plan for the Israel pavilion. Would this have been the final design? It's…Read More...

Relive EPCOT Center’s World of Motion in 3D sound

Test Track may be thrilling, but the attraction which preceded it, World of Motion, was the unadulterated spirit of Disney through and through. Although solely attributed to Ward Kimball, the attraction contains many humorous scenes designed by Marc Davis using his trademark style of show scenes punctuated by audioanimatronic figures making subtle movements. It's the robotic equivalent of today's Cinemagraph photography.Read More...

Ward Kimball and the mystery of Mickey’s Studio Tour

Rumors are staring to spread about the replacement of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios with something named, "The Great Mickey Ride," purportedly a trackless ride through Mickey Mouse's film career. This rumor reminded me of an item that went up for auction last year on eBay, a set of drawings purchased from famed animator Ward Kimball's estate of sketches for a never-realized attraction for the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland that gives a whimsical…Read More...

Listen to Vincent Price host Disney-MGM’s Sorcery In The Sky fireworks show

Long before the giant Mickey sorcerer's hat sat in front of Disney's Hollywood Studio's reproduction of the Chinese Theater, a giant inflatable sorcerer Mickey once rose above the building nightly. The park's nighttime fireworks spectacular, "Sorcery In The Sky," ran from 1990 to 1997, but this version, narrated by Vincent Price, was only used until the horror film icon's death in 1993.Read More...

World of Emotion

I bought a cool World of Motion t-shirt recently that elicits comments whenever I wear it. No doubt, most people don’t know what it means, but those that do … well, they fawn all over it and start talking about how cool EPCOT Center used to be.They often use those words: used to be.But the t-shirt attracts attention, I think, despite the…Read More...

While I’ve Got You On the Line …

Thanks to all — and I do mean everyone — who weighed in on my last post. It’s been called spot-on, it’s been called way off base; it’s been called well-done, it’s been called trash. It’s been called interesting, it’s been called misinformed.Whatever your thoughts on it, I’m glad you read it, and if you added some comments, I’m grateful for…Read More...