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Instapic: Harambe Market Story and Conservation Lessons from Joe Rohde

Imagineer Joe Rohde has been Instagramming some of the recent additions to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with his usual flair for story telling. Young Imagineers and storytellers should follow this master class. Harambe Market. Every so often one comes across a visual moment that is quintessential.… Read More »Instapic: Harambe Market Story and Conservation Lessons from Joe Rohde

Imagineer Joe Rohde offers masterclass on storytelling in three Instagram posts

Joe Rohde walks with James Cameron and Tom Staggs (among others)

Joe Rohde walks with James Cameron and Tom Staggs (among others)

Not only has Joe Rohde, imagineer and champion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, posted a terrific photo of a very hard to get image from Expedition Everest roller coaster, he’s provided something of a master-class on creating a back story for an attraction with just three Instagram posts.

Check out the tale explaining the story of the Forbidden Mountain below: Read More »Imagineer Joe Rohde offers masterclass on storytelling in three Instagram posts

New Avatar-land concept art and video from James Cameron and Joe Rohde

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Early Saturday morning here in Orlando, but mid-day Japan time at the first D23 expo in that country, Disney revealed big news with the first concept art for the new AVATAR land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017. Today they’ve released the video James Cameron and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde filmed for the D23 announcement.

It highlights the creative work underway on the AVATAR-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The promise the new AVATAR-inspired land will be a transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Sounds pretty good to me, what do you think?

Make sure you watch through. At the 3:00 mark there’s a preview of the ‘Soarin’ over Pandora’ attraction in pre-viz mode and then some wow moment bio-luminescence technology.

A few interesting frame caps from the video are below with my comments:

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Joe Rhode Interview on Avatar and Animal Kingdom

The Official Disney Park Blog interviewed Imagineer Joe Rohde on the occasion of his receiving the Buzz Price Thea Award recognizing a career of distinguished achievements. Those include: The Adventurers’ Club, leading the creation of Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest, stepping in to help with Aulani,… Read More »Joe Rhode Interview on Avatar and Animal Kingdom