One of the best exhibits at the 2013 D23 Expo isn’t found immediately upon entry to the show floor and it isn’t found behind a two hour line. Back and to the left, next door to the exclusive Mickey’s of Glendale store, is an exhibit which provides something that most Disney fans have never had the opportunity to do, enter Imagineering.
The entrance to the building is a replica of 1401 Flower Street in Glendale, Ca, or better known at Walt Disney Imagineering. As guests enter the building, they learn that for the 60th anniversary of the famous creative development department, the Imagineers wanted to bring the D23 Expo guests to WDI. However, because that isn’t physically possible, they brought the famed building, and all of it’s wonders, to us!
The doors swing open and guests are greeted, “Welcome to Imagineering”. Inside lies props, current projects, and real Imagineers to explain it all. The actual Herb Ryman Disneyland drawing is also on display – although no photographs are allowed.
What’s most amazing about the Journey into Imagineering exhibit is the welcome you receive from Disney’s elite creators and innovators. I met many Imagineers who were eager to display their work and explain the process of their projects. I even experienced a personal encounter with Tony Baxter and John Lasseter as they mingled about the crowd and visited the exhibits themselves.
Below you’ll find a collection of photos and videos from the D23 Expo exhibit Journey into Imagineering.
Model of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort
Hidden “Top Secret” plans for a Star Wars related attraction
Magic Band Display
An impressive “next gen” interactive anamatronic display
The original Snow White and the Seven Dwarf marble statues
Early Concept Models for Spaceship Earth & The Land Pavilion
The Hatbox Ghost Animatronic
Animatronic Cam Cabinet for Mission to Mars
Early Concept Model for International Street at Disneyland
Amazing Art and Artist Imagineers on Hand
For those of you who are visiting the 2013 D23 Expo the Journey into Imagineering exhibit should be at the top of your list. I’ve personally visited twice and each time I had a chance encounter with a well known Imagineer and experienced art, robotics and storytelling that was truly a once-in-a-life-time experience.
These photos and video only capture a sense of what the Journey into Imagineering exhibit holds.