I hosted a private event at Disneyland Paris. Captured in the photo of the guests are the branches which are spoken of.

An Imagineering Look at Additive Collaboration

  In our previous blog, we discussed the beauty of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, or Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris. Tom Morris began his career as a balloon seller at Disneyland as a teenager. He graduated from position to position until he became the designer of Fantasyland for Disneyland Paris at the … Read more

This painting helped to excite the world to a new Disney park in Paris. Painting by Frank Armitage.

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

  Website Disney and More reported last week that Disney Legend, painter and imagineer Frank Armitage passed away. The author offers a great overview of his life and artistic contribution. But one famous painting of his stands out above others in my mind: I have visited every Disney castle around the world, and I look … Read more

Imagine the demand to see a show and do a meal at the Diamond Horseshoe. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Five Hopes for Walt Disney World in 2016

  Sixteen is my lucky number, so I’m hoping that some fantastic things are on their way for this next year. In my previous blog I noted the top 5 things that surprised me and delighted me in 2015. Let me share with you the 5 things I hope to see happen in 2016 for … Read more

I used to host groups inside this restaurant, long closed to regular guests. But the building still seemed dead even to those visiting. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

5 Surprise Hits of 2015

  Before we get too much further into 2016, I thought I would share my top 5 surprise hits at Walt Disney World. These are the things that I didn’t have too much expectation around, but inevitably found great value. 1. Anything to do with Disney Springs. Everything that Disney seems to be touching at … Read more

This illustration by Disney reflects the amount of room needed to build the new Star Wars Land.

Change Around The Riverbend

  There has been much said about the removal of the Big Thunder Ranch/Barbecue area and even more so about the shortening of the Rivers of America as Disneyland prepares to create a new Star Wars Land in that region of the park. On the outset, my belief that not only will Star Wars Land … Read more

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Tower of Terror, Water & Temperance

  The Tower of Terror at Tokyo Disney Sea is an incredible structure, dripping with details, and worthy of study in its own right. Unlike other Disney tower drops world wide, this one has nothing to do with the Twilight Zone television series. Rather it is something of a moralist fable in which the wealthy … Read more

A plaza themed to Tangled brings guests to one end of Fantasyland. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Consistent Quality Documentation: Guest Service Idea #20

  You’ll recall that in the film Tangled, Rapunzel asks for new paints for her birthday. She’s constantly painting, as a means of occupying her time. But she’s also expressing something very deep within her sub-conscious, something that tells her who she really is. After the film premiered, designers thought that it would be great … Read more