Music of the Disney Renaissance

Disney Renaissance films include The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. They span a range of just 10 years but include some of the most beloved films of all time. Arguably, the music is perhaps the mostContinue reading “Music of the Disney Renaissance”

Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)

Pirates of the Caribbean is considered to be the last attraction that Walt Disney personally oversaw from beginning to end. This Disneyland classic opened in March of 1967, just a few months of Walt’s passing, and has been an integral part of the park for over 55 years. Located in New Orleans Square, this iconicContinue reading “Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)”

Doris Hardoon (Disney Legend, Imagineer)

Doris Hardoon became a Disney Legend in 2022 and was recognized at the D23 Expo that same year. Starting at Walt Disney Imagineering (WED Enterprises at the time), Doris worked on the development of EPCOT alongside folks like Rolly Crump, Marty Sklar, and John Hench. As a designer and stylist, Doris’s first official project wasContinue reading “Doris Hardoon (Disney Legend, Imagineer)”

Rob’t Coltrin (Disney Legend, Imagineer)

Rob’t Coltrin became a Disney Legend in 2020 (inducted at the D23 Expo 2022 ceremony) after spending 30 years at Walt Disney Imagineering. As a show set designer, concept artist, art director, and creative executive, Rob’t became a go-to artist at Walt Disney Imagineering for concept work, storytelling, and ride layouts. Rob’t is famous forContinue reading “Rob’t Coltrin (Disney Legend, Imagineer)”

Best Disney Attractions After Dark (Walt Disney World, Disneyland)

Disney attractions are incredible during the day, but certain Disney rides and shows take on new life after dark. Whether you’re visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland, we want to share a few of our favorites at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disneyland Park, and Disney California Adventure, plus some bonusContinue reading “Best Disney Attractions After Dark (Walt Disney World, Disneyland)”

Disneyland Paris Vacation Planning

Disneyland Paris offers Disney fans the unique opportunity to visit a familiar destination (Disney) while experiencing French culture and cuisine. With two parks (Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park) plus a half dozen Disney-owned resort hotels, Disney Village, and more, Disneyland Paris Resort offers attractions that are similar to ones you will find atContinue reading “Disneyland Paris Vacation Planning”

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: Starring Aerosmith (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: Starring Aerosmith opened in July of 1999 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (called Disney-MGM Studios at the time) and has remained one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World and arguably one of the most popular roller coasters at the Disney Parks. This attraction has a fascinating history and cameContinue reading “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: Starring Aerosmith (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)”

Soarin’ (Disney California Adventure, EPCOT, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea)

Soarin’ Over California opened at Disney California Adventure in 2001 and was added to EPCOT a few years later in 2005. The attraction was later refurbished to Soarin’ Around the World and added to Shanghai Disneyland as Soaring Over The Horizon. In 2019 the attraction was then added to Tokyo DisneySea as Soaring Fantastic Flight.Continue reading “Soarin’ (Disney California Adventure, EPCOT, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea)”

Kevin Rafferty: Walt Disney Imagineer from Epcot to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Kevin Rafferty just retired from Walt Disney Imagineering on April 1 after more than 40 years at Disney. Kevin’s work includes some of your favorite attractions: Cars Land, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Tower of Terror, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Test Track, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Toy Story Mania, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (whichContinue reading “Kevin Rafferty: Walt Disney Imagineer from Epcot to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway”

Tom K. Morris: 35 Years at Walt Disney Imagineering

Tom K. Morris, former Creative Development Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, led an impressive 35-year career with WED. Working at Walt Disney Imagineering from 1980 until 2016, Tom helped to develop attractions like Journey Into Imagination, Star Tours, Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Tom also servedContinue reading “Tom K. Morris: 35 Years at Walt Disney Imagineering”