Shake-up at Walt Disney Imagineering

23 May

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A shake-up of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts creativity team puts more emphasis on technology and new vacation experiences both in and out of Disney’s theme parks.

Officials on Tuesday confirmed several changes in Walt Disney Imagineering — the Disney arm that dreams up and designs everything from Walt Disney World thrill rides and shows to themed restaurants. They include a new partnership at the top featuring research and development guru Bruce Vaughn and design master Craig Russell. Vaughn was promoted last week to chief creative executive, and Russell to chief design and delivery executive.

Jim Hill covered this story earlier in the week, and his analysis is worth a read (though, like any internet rumors, take his inside scoops with a grain of salt). Hill’s site attracts a good number of highly educated Disney geeks, so the discussion in his users’ comments at the bottom of the page is always interesting.

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