Walt Disney Imagineering Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

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Walt Disney Imagineering Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

Walt Disney Imagineering Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

Walt Disney Imagineering celebrates its 70th anniversary this month! On December 16, 1952, Walt Disney formed a think tank of his moviemakers to design and develop Disneyland, leveraging their expertise in film to craft dimensional storytelling. That think tank became Walt Disney Imagineering.

Combining imagination and engineering, these were the first Imagineers. Today, Walt Disney Imagineering continues Walt’s dream of creating immersive experiences that bring people together – not only at Disneyland but at all Disney theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, entertainment districts and beyond.

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The amount of Disney magic made by generations of Imagineers from all over the world during the last seven decades is mind-blowing when you step back and reflect on all there is. But as our president Barbara Bouza shared at D23 Expo, there’s nothing like working alongside our Imagineers who thrive on doing the impossible.

It’s so true – one of the best parts of working at Imagineering is the people – they represent more than 100 different disciplines with more than 500 U.S. patents from Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development combined. You can imagine the overwhelming breadth of expert talent that inspires me every day!

Walt Disney Imagineering has always led with a brave little spark, and together, we share a spirit of optimism. Every day, we are proudly building upon our extraordinary legacy of experiential storytelling and pioneering innovation, and this year, we’re excited to be celebrating our 70th anniversary! Imagineers around the world celebrated this milestone during internal celebration events in California, Florida, Paris, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

And if you haven’t yet seen this video produced by Iwerks & Co., the studio behind “The Imagineering Story” on Disney+, it captures meaningful moments and milestones from the last seven decades. A huge thank you to all Imagineers, past and present, for your contributions to this incredible legacy. As Walt would say, “we’re just getting started!”


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