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Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., commonly referred to as Disney Imagineering, is the research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company, responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions worldwide.wikipedia
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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

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Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., commonly referred to as Disney Imagineering, is the research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company, responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions worldwide.
As the Disneylandia project started to become a reality, Walt Disney Productions at Walt's request set up Disneyland, Inc. (DLI) in 1951 and agreed to a design deal in March 1953 with WED Enterprises (WED), Walt's personal corporation, which then included what would now be called Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Studios (Burbank)

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The company also manages The Walt Disney Company's properties, from Walt Disney Studios in Burbank to New Amsterdam Theatre and Times Square Studios Ltd. in New York City.
The Studio's production services are managed by Walt Disney Studios' Disney Studio Services unit – along with Golden Oak Ranch, The Prospect Studios, and KABC-7 Studio B. Disney has a secondary location at Grand Central Creative Campus, where Walt Disney Imagineering and some other units are located.

Imagineering

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The term Imagineering, a portmanteau, was introduced in the 1940s by Alcoa to describe its blending of imagination and engineering, and used by Union Carbide in an in-house magazine in 1957, with an article by Richard F Sailer called "BRAINSTORMING IS IMAGination engINEERING".
The word was registered as a trademark of Disney Enterprises, Inc. in 1990, and is well known from its use within the name of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Magic Kingdom

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One notable example of forced perspective is Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
The park was initialized by Walt Disney and designed by WED Enterprises.

Glendale, California

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Headquartered in Glendale, California, Imagineering was founded by Walt Disney to oversee the production of Disneyland.
First came the headquarters for Imagineering, followed in the 1980s by other divisions and offices.

The Walt Disney Company

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Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., commonly referred to as Disney Imagineering, is the research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company, responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions worldwide.
The theme park design and architectural group became so integral to the Disney studio's operations that the studio bought it on February 5, 1965, along with the WED Enterprises name.

Main Street, U.S.A.

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When guests walk down the area of Main Street, U.S.A., they are likely to notice a bakery fragrance, reminiscent of suburban America in the 1900s.
Further along Main Street, the names painted in the windows on Main Street serve as credits for some of the many people, Imagineers and others, who contributed in some way to the creation of Disneyland.

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Founded by Walt Disney to oversee the production of Disneyland, it was originally known as Walt Disney, Inc. then WED Enterprises, from the initials meaning "Walter Elias Disney", the company co-founder's full name.
In 1961, the park design group, the future Walt Disney Imagineering, opened a creative workshop in the Grand Central Business Park.

List of assets owned by The Walt Disney Company

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John Hench

Creative director John Hench noted the similarities between theme park design and film making, such as the use of techniques including forced perspective.
Afterwards, he moved to WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering).

Times Square Studios

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The company also manages The Walt Disney Company's properties, from Walt Disney Studios in Burbank to New Amsterdam Theatre and Times Square Studios Ltd. in New York City.
The facility was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney's design and development arm, and its senior vice president of concept design Eddie Soto.

Disney Theatrical Group

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Imagineering created Disney Fair, a U.S. traveling attraction, which premiered in September 1996.
Walt Disney Imagineering created Disney Fair, a $30-million U.S. traveling attraction that took up 5 acres.

Marty Sklar

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In 1991, Marty Sklar (then-president of Imagineering) presented ten commandments attributed to Mickey Steinberg (the vice president of Imagineering).
He was The Walt Disney Company's international ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering, the subsidiary of the company which designs and constructs Disney theme parks and resorts across the world.

Soarin'

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For instance, the Soarin' Over California ride system was designed to help guests experience the sensation of flight.
The attraction was not part of the park's original design plans, and was added only after Walt Disney Imagineering began development on it for the American parks.

Cinderella Castle

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One notable example of forced perspective is Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Designed by Imagineer Dorothea Redmond and crafted and set in place by a team of six artists led by mosaicist Hanns-Joachim Scharff, the 15 by ornate panels are shaped in a Gothic arch.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

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The idea originated from Walt Disney's fascination with a mechanical bird that he purchased in New Orleans, which later led to the development of the attraction, The Enchanted Tiki Room.
The attraction opened June 23, 1963, and was the first to feature Audio-Animatronics technology, a WED Enterprises patented invention.

Walt Disney

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Headquartered in Glendale, California, Imagineering was founded by Walt Disney to oversee the production of Disneyland. Founded by Walt Disney to oversee the production of Disneyland, it was originally known as Walt Disney, Inc. then WED Enterprises, from the initials meaning "Walter Elias Disney", the company co-founder's full name.
To distance the project from the studiowhich might attract the criticism of shareholdersDisney formed WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) and used his own money to fund a group of designers and animators to work on the plans; those involved became known as "Imagineers".

The Haunted Mansion

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For example, the Museum of the Weird, was a proposed walk-through wax museum that eventually became the Haunted Mansion. Today, Audio-Animatronics are featured in many attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Star Tours—The Adventures Continue, and Muppet*Vision 3D.
The idea for the Mansion precedes Disneyland and WED Enterprises, to when Walt Disney hired the first of his Imagineers.

Audio-Animatronics

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Imagineering is known for its development of Audio-Animatronics, a form of robotics, used in shows and theme park attractions that animate objects in three dimension (3D).
Audio-Animatronics (also known as simply Animatronics, and sometimes shortened to AAs) is the registered trademark for a form of robotics animation created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

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The animated Lincoln delivered part of the Gettysburg Address for the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” exhibit, the first human Audio-Animatronic figure.
Disney's Imagineers opted to focus instead on creating a tribute to Lincoln, Disney's boyhood hero.

D23 (Disney)

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Otto, the first Autonomatronic figure, debuted at the 2009 D23 Expo and can see, hear, sense a person's presence and emotions, and have a conversation.
It featured pavilions from Walt Disney Imagineering, showcasing models and tests for future attractions, Corporate Responsibility, which feature a photo op, as well as projects for overseas troops and homeless shelters, Disney Consumer Products, showing the many products being sold by Disney within the next few years, a Disney Dream Store, costumes and props from the Walt Disney Archives, a Collectors Forum, where people from all over the country showcased and sold memorabilia.

Pirates of the Caribbean (attraction)

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The attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, evokes a “rollicking buccaneer adventure,” according to Hench.
Walt Disney Imagineering designed the attraction and Industrial Light & Magic created the computer-generated visual effects.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

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Today, Audio-Animatronics are featured in many attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Star Tours—The Adventures Continue, and Muppet*Vision 3D.
At the 2009 D23 Expo in Anaheim, Walt Disney Imagineering announced that Star Tours at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios would be closed in October 2010 for total renovation and would reopen in May and June 2011 as Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Country Bear Jamboree

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Today, Audio-Animatronics are featured in many attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Star Tours—The Adventures Continue, and Muppet*Vision 3D.
The project was assigned to imagineer Marc Davis.

People mover

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WEDway is a people mover system using linear induction motor (LIM) technology to propel vehicles along a pair of steel rails.
The term 'people mover' was used by Walt Disney, when he and his Imagineers were working on the new 1967 Tomorrowland at Disneyland.