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Welcome to the Imagineer Podcast, a show dedicated to all things Disney. Stay connected with us on Social Media @ImagineerPodcast and at www.ImagineerPodcast.com.

Imagineer Podcast Matthew Krul

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Welcome to the Imagineer Podcast, a show dedicated to all things Disney. Stay connected with us on Social Media @ImagineerPodcast and at www.ImagineerPodcast.com.

    Theron Skees Bonus Q&A (Walt Disney Imagineer: Disney Springs, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Parks)

    Theron Skees Bonus Q&A (Walt Disney Imagineer: Disney Springs, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Parks)

    Theron Skees spent 23 years at Walt Disney Imagineering as an Art Director and Creative Portfolio Executive. His work includes projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Theron also led the redesign of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World to Disney Springs, and he led the Imagineering team at Disney Cruise Line. Theron’s portfolio in themed entertainment is one that serves as an inspiration for aspiring designers, Imagineers, and anyone looking to turn a dream into a reality. 


    You can follow Theron and learn more about his work at the links below:


    Website: https://www.designerscreativestudio.com 

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209607574152654 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theron.skees/ 

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU0-KVHvIEeqoCi-miRfeA 


    In this bonus episode, Theron and I answer questions on Instagram Live about his career at Walt Disney Imagineering. This episode includes a lot of stories and advice not heard on our previous episode, including how to become an Imagineer, how to overcome constructive criticism, what to do if your leaders change their mind about a project, and an idea Theron had with his friend Jason Surrell to bring the world of gaming to theme parks.


    What other questions would you like to ask Theron? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Theron Skees (Walt Disney Imagineer: Disney Springs, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Parks)

    Theron Skees (Walt Disney Imagineer: Disney Springs, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Parks)

    Theron Skees spent 23 years at Walt Disney Imagineering as an Art Director and Creative Portfolio Executive. His work includes projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Theron also led the redesign of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World to Disney Springs, and he led the Imagineering team at Disney Cruise Line. Theron’s portfolio in themed entertainment is one that serves as an inspiration for aspiring designers, Imagineers, and anyone looking to turn a dream into a reality.


    You can follow Theron and learn more about his work at the links below:


    Website: https://www.designerscreativestudio.com 

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209607574152654 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theron.skees/ 

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU0-KVHvIEeqoCi-miRfeA 


    In this episode, Theron and I chat about his career at Walt Disney Imagineering. A couple of my favorite stories include an in-depth discussion about Disney Springs (the conversation will give you a greater appreciation for this part of Walt Disney World) and Theron's major contributions to the retooling of Tower of Terror.


    Which of Theron's many contributions to Disney is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews

    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/

    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


    How to Support the Show


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Disney Listener Questions (Walt Disney World's 50th, Disney Snacks, Live Action Remakes, and More)

    Disney Listener Questions (Walt Disney World's 50th, Disney Snacks, Live Action Remakes, and More)

    Imagineer Podcast listeners like you will often send me questions about Disney's past, present, and future. Whether it's a question about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, the international Disney Parks, or even upcoming films for Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar, I try to answer as many as I can. Once in a while, that means opening up my Instagram Live to answer questions in an open forum. In late February 2021, I opened up my Instagram Live for a Disney Q&A and recorded the discussion to be posted here.


    In this listener Q&A, we'll discuss my favorite Disneyland ride, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, upcoming changes to Epcot, Disney snacks, relaxing spots at Disney, my thoughts about Disney's live action remakes, and much more.


    What other questions would you like me to answer? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews

    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/

    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


    How to Support the Show


    Share the podcast with your friends

    Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Scott Wolf - Part 2 (Harriet Burns, Golden Horseshoe, Disney History)

    Scott Wolf - Part 2 (Harriet Burns, Golden Horseshoe, Disney History)

    Scott Wolf’s official Disney work includes everything from the production team of Disney' original “DuckTales” and “TaleSpin” animated TV series to writing 700+ online articles about Disney history for the Disney Archives’ D23 website. His Disney photography has appeared in numerous books, newspapers and other publications, including two of his own Disney-authorized photo books, featuring his favorite subject, the small details of the Disney parks. He has been hired by various departments within The Walt Disney Company for his knowledge of Disney history, much of which stems from interviews he’s personally recorded with those who have been an important part of Disney history.


    Scott is also the historian behind Mouse Clubhouse and the amazing YouTube video series Keeping the Magic Alive (I adore this content and have learned so much from Scott's videos).


    In this episode, Scott and I finish our story about Walt Disney in Paris, talk about Imagineer Harriet Burns, discuss the history of the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland, and talk broadly about Disney history.


    What did you enjoy most from part two of our discussion? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews

    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/

    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


    How to Support the Show


    Share the podcast with your friends

    Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092

    Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast

    Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929

    Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com 



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Scott Wolf - Part 1 (Duck Tales, Disneyland Ambassadors, Robert Sherman, Walt Disney)

    Scott Wolf - Part 1 (Duck Tales, Disneyland Ambassadors, Robert Sherman, Walt Disney)

    Scott Wolf’s official Disney work includes everything from the production team of Disney' original “DuckTales” and “TaleSpin” animated TV series to writing 700+ online articles about Disney history for the Disney Archives’ D23 website. His Disney photography has appeared in numerous books, newspapers and other publications, including two of his own Disney-authorized photo books, featuring his favorite subject, the small details of the Disney parks. He has been hired by various departments within The Walt Disney Company for his knowledge of Disney history, much of which stems from interviews he’s personally recorded with those who have been an important part of Disney history.


    Scott is also the historian behind Mouse Clubhouse and the amazing YouTube video series Keeping the Magic Alive (I adore this content and have learned so much from Scott's videos).


    In this episode, Scott and I have a blast talking about his work at Disney (from TV production to photography and working with the Disney Archives and D23). We also chat about the Disneyland Ambassador program, some stories about Walt, and how Scott became friends with Robert Sherman. We also begin a discussion about Imagineer Harriet Burns.


    What did you enjoy most from part one of our discussion? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews

    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/

    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


    How to Support the Show


    Share the podcast with your friends

    Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092

    Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast

    Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929

    Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com 



    Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members!


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Kevin Rafferty: Walt Disney Imagineer from Epcot to Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

    Kevin Rafferty: Walt Disney Imagineer from Epcot to Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

    Kevin Rafferty just retired from Walt Disney Imagineering on April 1 after more than 40 years at Disney. Kevin's work includes some of your favorite attractions: Cars Land, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Tower of Terror, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Test Track, Mickey's Philharmagic, Toy Story Mania, and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (which was Kevin's final project at Disney). After 42 years at Imagineering, Kevin has a lot to be proud of, and his legacy will certainly be remembered and enjoyed for generations.


    Kevin is also the author of his autobiography, "Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career", which you can purchase online or at your local bookstore. It's one of those books that should be on every Disney fan's shelf and one that contains so many incredible stories behind your favorite Disney attractions.


    In this episode, I have the honor of chatting with Kevin about his favorite project at Imagineering, where he would take Walt if Walt were still alive today, what he's loved most about working at Imagineering, and how he plans to spend his retirement.


    Which of Kevin's many projects is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews

    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/

    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


    How to Support the Show


    Share the podcast with your friends

    Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092

    Join our Patreon Group - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast

    Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929

    Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com 



    Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members!


    Thomas N



    Enjoy the show!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Movie Fan777 ,

Disney Deep Cuts

Love the Imagineering podcast and the deep history you get into. Disney is about the details so this is the perfect mix of detail and entertainment.

Princess Lanaea Organa ,

Best Podcast Ever!

This is my favourite podcast to listen to, I love it! Even though I’ve been to Disney a lot I learn something new in every episode. It always makes me feel like I’m at Disney even when I’m at home. Thank you for the Disney magic, Matt! :)

Reader chic :D ,

Such a great way to fill my Disney life when I’m not at a park

Matt has great guests. Great conversations. Tells great stories and shared memories. He gives great detailed reviews of rides. He’s always in the know on things. He has a great Disney community around him and all have a wealth of Disney knowledge! Any Disney fan of factoids and Disney in general will enjoy this podcast!

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