The genius of Walt Disney Imagineers (video)


The genius of Walt Disney Imagineers is humbly captured in this video.

So many insights.

So discreetly revealed in such an understated way, most will miss the gold.

Quick story: For Fantasia, Walt had theater owners install special effects devices in their (small town) theaters, like a second pair of speakers in the rear so the audience would have “surround sound”. He had them install misters in the ceiling so you could “feel” the movie at the right moments. Red carpet from Main Street (USA) across the sidewalk to their theater’s entrance. Pre-printed show Playbills and ushers in tuxedos so arriving patrons would feel like they were attending a Broadway premier.

The theater owners didn’t do any of it.

They couldn’t grasp the vision and didn’t have the time nor money to go to these extremes for a movie that was passing through.


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Classic Disney Imagineering storyboarding makes dreams a reality

Disney Jungle Canteen
Reading the menu..even the napkins are set to look like a spear head.


Disney Institute creativity speakers
The storyline was storyboarded in classic Disney Imagineer fashion.


Disney Business advisors
The attention to detail is extraordinary (aka over-focused).


Disney's jungle jeff noel speaker
From the Hippo pool section of the Jungle Cruise.


Disney Customer Service Speakers
“Always looking for a handout.” As you approach Schweitzer Falls.


Disney Institute Keynote Speakers
Trader Sam has a special deal for everyone just before returning to civilization.


The sensory overload was extended to the Cast Members, their behaviors, mannerisms, spiels, their costumes, and it literally had no end.

i’m excited to embellish this DNA with my new Disney Speaker website.




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JULY 4, 2009

July 4, 2009.   Happy Independence Day!

Started the day running the Watermelon 5k in Winter Park.  Then spent the rest of the day with family and friends .  Now it’s 9:00PM and I’m going to postpone today’s post until tomorrow.

Today, by the way, President Barack Obama’s audio-animatronic figure was unveiled at The Walt Disney World Resort, at the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents.

Carpe PM, jungle jeff:)