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Imagineer Kyle Barnes gives a tour of new Bora Bora Bungalows

We had the great pleasure of touring the new Bora Bora Bungalows with Walt Disney Imagineering’s Kyle Barnes. Barnes acted as Art Director on the whole Polynesian upgrade project and he shared his experiences with us. Kyle also worked on Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and… Read More »Imagineer Kyle Barnes gives a tour of new Bora Bora Bungalows

What is the backstory for Disney Springs?

Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Theron Skees is out with the first video giving guests a greater insight into the story behind Disney Springs. Disney Springs will unite the existing Downtown Disney area under one-project backstory with multiple themed locations. The Landing is the… Read More »What is the backstory for Disney Springs?

Time-Lapse Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Construction

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Walt Disney Imagineering is famous for their project documentation. The archives are full of great concept art, construction photos, and documentation from most of the major builds over the last 50+ years. But my favorite of these has to be the time-lapse video.

This short time-lapse video shows the construction of most of New Fantasyland, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Definitely worth expanding it to full-screen to view:

Interesting how construction on the coaster itself didn’t actually start until about half-way through the video.

Below the jump, I have an interview with Bruce Vaughn, executive vice president at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as they talk about how Seven Dwarfs Mine Train fits into New Fantasyland and how excited the Imagineers are to finally have it open to the public on May 28th.

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Imagineers Program First Full 3D Audio-Animatronics at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

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It’s been 50 years since Walt Disney debuted the first full sized audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln figure at the 1964 World’s Fair, the next generation of figures debuting in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train might just be as big an evolutionary jump as the original Abe Lincoln figure was. (Let’s just hope they don’t have as many problems as “Leaky Lincoln” did at his debut.)

Walt Disney Imagineering has prepared this short documentary look at how these new audio-animatronics were created.

I saw a few new figures in there and a few more show scenes. As the video says, I think Walt Disney would have loved how advanced these figures have become and would be exploring the storytelling potential on many new attractions.

More photos below:

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Disney Imagineering Announces Winners of Student Design Competition

Every year since 1991 the Imagineers at Disney have launched a contest asked college students to send in their biggest, brightest, and most magical ideas for a new park, attraction, hotel, or other concept. The theme this year for the Imaginations Design Contest was to… Read More »Disney Imagineering Announces Winners of Student Design Competition