/ Friday, March 9th, 2012

Admit it…. Like me, you have at one time or another, during a Disney visit or in the middle of a boring meeting back home, wondered to yourself, “Could I be (have been) an Imagineer?”

I’ve done it countless times.  I think it’s one of the beauties of being able to visit Walt Disney World frequently.  When one is not crazed trying to “fit all the rides in,” one can slow down, look up (thanks, Lou) and better appreciate the stories that unfold.  You can start to immerse yourself in the creativity and excitement that comes with storytelling–in finding just the right chair or costume or picture to enhance the story.

I am finding that this pattern is now extending to my daily life here in New Jersey.  I find myself seeing an interesting piece of clothing or furniture or decor and I start to imagine how it could be used in Walt Disney World.  If nothing else, I find it is a fun way to jazz up an otherwise routine run to Target for food and clothes.  “Hmmm… an interesting comforter there.  Would I put that in the Caribbean Beach or Port Orleans?”  “Oooooh…. I love that picture frame.  It would fit right into the 50s’ Primetime Cafe.”  Maybe I’m crazy, but it’s a fun way for me to ward off the “Disney Blues” (that’s Webster’s term for “it’s been too long since I’ve been in Disney and I am envious of everyone who is there right now.”)

Anyway, I have been having fun with my Secret Imagineering, but it’s much more fun to share in the dream-making and story-telling.  And so, this new blog series is born!  Each week, I will post a post a picture of something that catches my eye during my countless trips about the mall capital of the US.  (Be proud, New Jersey!)   These items will not have any obvious Disney connection (i.e. Nothing that already has Mickey Mouse on it).  I will then ask YOU to share your thoughts about where in the Walt Disney World Resort you could see that item incorporated and how it could advance the story!   You can “place” the item anywhere: in a resort, a restaurant, an attraction, a costume, or a form of transportation…..  There are no “right” answers, of course–just fun conversation among friends while we await our next Disney vacation.

So with this blog, in our own little way, we can all be the Imagineers we dreamed we could have been… and who knows?  Maybe someday, someone in our WDW Radio family will be inducted into that hallowed group of America’s most creative minds.  But in the meantime, we’ll have some fun and laughs–and share the true spirit of Disney!

Are you ready? Here’s our first item.

 

So…… If YOU were a Disney Imagineer, where would you put this adorable peacock?  How would it help the story?  Give us your thoughts in the comments below!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun, wanna-be Imagineers!!  :)  Happy Friday!

 

 

10 Responses to "Wanna-be Disney Imagineers, Unite!"

  1. Hi Christy! I love the idea of this series. Peacocks are a personal favorite. This piece could easily fit outside of a merchant seller in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. And although not exactly Walt Disney World, it can also appear somewhere near the Bon Voyage Bar, Vista Cafe, or even Guest Services on the new DCL Disney Fantasy.

  2. I’m thinking over in the Epcot resort area like in between the Yatch club and the Swan and Dolphin resorts. I think that would be a perfect fit because it’s like all layed back, fun and colorful as you go over to the Swan and Dolphin because they are kind of colorful like that!!(I am like the biggest Imagineer wanna- be!!!!!!!)

  3. After it did a stint as a centerpiece in one of the flower gardens in Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival, it would find a home roaming the grounds of the mansions of Port Orleans Riverside. (After all, weren’t there peacocks roaming Tara in the opening scenes of Gone With the Wind?)
    Love the idea of this blog – will be fun. Great choice to start with cool peacock.

  4. For some reason, I feel like i’d see it sitting somewhere on the Boardwalk… Maybe near Flying Fish??? I dunno… haha this is great!!

  5. My son says it should be in Animal Kingdom! Asia, perhaps?

  6. Rich Bernato says:

    My wife tells me how “decor-challenged” I am! So I won’t even offer any sort of suggestion but I will also agree with you and the other comments that few things would please me more than to be an Imagineer!

    Hmm, since Imagineers concoct great stories for most places and attractions at WDW, what would be the Back Story for the peacock?

  7. Makena (aka MakAttack) says:

    The back story could be that it was a peacock that used to live in The Pride Lands (The Lion King) and never got the memo to go back home after Jafar wasw defeated by Simba!

    I love backstories, so I just had to include mine.

    See ya REAL soon!
    Makena

  8. @Makena — I love it! Perhaps a peacock living the Hakuna Matata motto!!

  9. Love this idea for a blog series, how very fun! The comments already up are wonderful as well… everyone has gotten my creative juices going! I especially love the idea of the peacock in Port Orleans Riverside but also feel that it would be just as festive in the French Quarter. With those bright colors, it would match the Mardi Gras theme! Also, peacocks and their feathers are a popular inspiration and adornment for Mardi Gras costumes, masks and floats.

    Additionally, I lived in Hawaii for a number of years and would see peacocks roaming freely around the islands so perhaps somewhere in the Polynesian? It’s pretty kitsch and might be fun near the Tambu Lounge Tiki Bar!

  10. Melissa Shaheen says:

    I have an 8 year old son with dyslexia who is an amazing engineer – and wants to be an Imagineer. We are visitng Disney in June (3rd time in 3 years) and if there were something where he could “be an imagineer for a day” – no pricetag would be too high…I love to keep his dream alive!

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