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 (which was Kevin’s final project at Disney). After 42 years at Imagineering, Kevin has a lot to be proud of, and his legacy will certainly be remembered and enjoyed for generations.

Kevin is also the author of his autobiography, “Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career”, which you can purchase online or at your local bookstore. It’s one of those books that should be on every Disney fan’s shelf and one that contains so many incredible stories behind your favorite Disney attractions.

In this episode, I have the honor of chatting with Kevin about his favorite project at Imagineering, where he would take Walt if Walt were still alive today, what he’s loved most about working at Imagineering, and how he plans to spend his retirement.

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Published by Matthew Krul

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