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  • RetroMagic 50 Celebration and Luncheon (Sunday April 24th) – A day-long event at the Contemporary Resort* marking the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Join us as we enjoy the “blessings of size” in the Fantasia Ballroom for:
    • Panels and stories from Disney Legends, Imagineers, Cast Members and other notables
    • A luncheon buffet featuring selections from Walt Disney World’s culinary history
    • Visit our “Lake Buena Vista Village” area at the event featuring:
      • Rare artifacts, souvenirs and photos on display
      • Unique documents and memorabilia from the collection of Ted Linhart of
      • Meet & Greet our VIP guests
      • Special Photo Opportunities

RetroMagic VIPs**

Disney Legend
Bob Gurr
Disney Imagineer
Norm Inouye
Disney Imagineer
Peggie Fariss
Disney Legend
Tom Nabbe
Disney Imagineer
Jerry Rees

Marcy Carriker Smothers

Disney Legend
William “Sully” Sullivan


Billie Hoelscher

Steve Baker

Musical Composer
George Wilkins

Disney Imagineer
Julie Svendsen
Debby Dane Browne
Disney Imagineer
Jim Sarno
Disney Executive
Dave Vermeulen

Disney Chef
Reimund Pitz

Disney Chef
Keith Keogh
    Tammy Tuckey
**List Incomplete At This Time

About Our VIPs

  • Bob Gurr is a Disney Legend who will participate in a session where attendees get to ask the questions about his time designing some of the most iconic attractions and transportation solutions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • Norm Inouye was a Disney Imagineer whose career included designing the pavilion logos for EPCOT Center and some other theme park icons that will astonish you.  Norm is also one of the designers of the Pontiac Trans-Am “screaming chicken” art for General Motors.
  • Peggie Farris is a retired Disney Imagineer whose career spanned five decades playing key roles in Walt Disney World’s earliest pre-opening days and culminating as the lead Imagineer at Disneyland Paris before her retirement with stops at all the theme parks in between.  Peggie graciously recorded an interview with us for RetroMagic 2019 about her work on the development of the Handwich.  Peggie will be one of the featured subjects of the forthcoming 2022 book on Women in Imagineering.
  • Tom Nabbe is a Disney Legend who worked at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in their infancy.  His career spanned over 40 years and his appearances are always a fan favorite.
  • Jerry Rees is a one-man creative force whose work on Disney theme park attractions includes Sounds Dangerous at Disney-MGM Studios, the live-action sequences of Cranium Command at EPCOT, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney-MGM Studios, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM Studios, and Walt Disney Studios Paris, Extra-Terrorestrial Alien Encounter at Magic Kingdom, Michael & Mickey at Disney-MGM Studios and he directed the pre-ride film at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ride Dinosaur. 
  • Marcy Carriker Smothers is an author known for her works including Eat Like Walt about Walt Disney’s favorite foods and recipes including many that made it to Walt Disney World.  Her just-published book “Walt’s Disneyland” was newly released by Disney Editions.
  • William “Sully” Sullivan is a Disney Legend who worked at Disneyland in its earliest days before coming to Florida to build and open Walt Disney World. Sully helped train the cast members who would open Disney’s Polynesian and Contemporary Resorts in 1971. He served as Director of PICO (Project Installation and Coordination Office) during the construction of EPCOT Center. He later served as EPCOT’s Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations at Magic Kingdom.
  • Billie Hoelscher is another “Club 55” opening year cast member of Disneyland who came to Florida to help open and operate the Walt Disney World Preview Center. During his decades at WDW he served as Ticket Sales & Outdoor Recreation Manager, Director of Resort Operation, Manager at Disney University and Fort Wilderness Campground.
  • Steve Baker was the opening day manager of Walt Disney World’s parking lots and bus transportation. His 23 year career with Disney included a ten year stint as EPCOT Center’s Development Director from 1978-1988. Steve played an integral part in creating the EPCOT Center beloved and remembered by many fans.
  • Debby Dane Browne is the trailblazing first ambassador for Walt Disney World. Selected from a pool of finalists to represent the new Florida park while working as a hostess at the Preview Center. She later served in other roles with the company including time at the Contemporary Resort in Guest Services.
  • George Wilkins was a protégé of Disney Legend composer Buddy Baker serving as Director of Music for Walt Disney Imagineering. In this role he created some of the most revered theme park attraction music beloved by fans. Horizons, Country Bear Christmas Special, Space Mountain, The Living Seas, Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, Goofy About Health, Food Rocks, Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management), It’s Tough To Be A Bug!, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Test Track are just some of the places you’ve heard his music.
  • Jim Sarno returns to RetroMagic to share more stories from his time at Imagineering working on EPCOT Center and to tell about his special friendship with Disney Legend Harriet Burns as part of our event’s focus on Women in Imagineering.
  • Julie Svendsen is an artist whose contributions to Walt Disney World include work on Innoventions 94, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Wonders of Life to name just a few.  Her father was a Disney artist for decades whose work included contributions to Peter Pan and the Aristocats.  Julie worked closely with some of the legendary artists in Imagineering and is one of the featured subjects on the forthcoming 2022 book on Women in Imagineering.
  • Dave Vermeulen held leadership positions at every Disney theme park over his 48-year career.  After joining the Walt Disney Company in 1965 at Disneyland his career included a variety of assignments in Food & Beverage, Resorts, Park Operations, and Special Events along with extensive experience in planning and preparing Park and Resort openings.  Dave also was part of the team responsible for bringing the Handwich to Walt Disney World food and beverage locations.
  • Chef Reimund Pitz spent two decades with Walt Disney World during which time he helped the first Disney team to 14 medals at the Culinary Olympics in Switzerland.  He was the Executive Chef who opened Disney-MGM Studios and held key positions in the other Florida parks and resorts during his long career.  He is the present owner-operator of Le Coq Au Vin in Orlando.
  • Chef Keith Keogh unknowingly played a role in our 2019 RetroMagic event when we featured a video of him from 1995 explaining what a Handwich was on an episode “WDW Inside Out”.  He was the team captain of the 1987 Culinary Olympics team and served as Executive Chef at EPCOT Center at the time.
  • Tammy Tuckey hosts the Tiara Talk Show podcast and returns to RetroMagic to lend her hosting and entertainment skills to our event.



  • RetroMagic Celebration (Sunday, April 24th)  – Tickets on sale now! Buy tickets for RetroMagic - A 50th Celebration
    • General Admission – $125 per person
    • Gold Key Preferred Seating – $200 per person (limited number of designated seats close to the stage in the front part of the room)
    • Gold Key Private Table – $2000 (a reserved table for 10 guests closest to the stage in the front 2 rows)

Tickets do NOT include admission to any Walt Disney World Theme Park, parking or other Disney imposed fees/charges. All ticket purchases are final; refunds will only be provided if the entire event is canceled. RetroWDW reserves the right to change venues and modify the plans to as required by Disney Event Services. This is a private event that is not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World or D23.

*In the event Walt Disney World has protocols in place that would negatively impact the event we reserve the right to relocate to a nearby venue with ample notice to attendees.


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Proceeds of this event benefit the Lake Buena Vista Historical Society. Event Sponsorships welcome; Interesting service trades will be considered, please contact for more information.

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