Talk:Walt Disney Imagineering

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Imagineers aren't Engineers[edit]

LittleDan, I agree that the Imagineers aren't engineers, but I removed the edit b/c it didn't flow or add much where you put it (and "basically" was misspelled). I think that saying Imagineering is an R&D group will tell people the same thing. --Zippy 15:22, 20 Aug 2003 (UTC)

Horribly NPOV[edit]

The legacy and the history of the Imagineers is a very rich and complicated one. Ever since the founding of WED Enterprises, when Walt Disney's favorites at the Walt Disney Studios were handpicked to design an immersive themed experience now known as Disneyland, the company has been shrouded in mystery and its secrets are proudly guarded by Disney executives as senior as former CEO Michael Eisner, who had regular meetings with the Imagineers up until a few years before his departure.

I'm having trouble convincing myself this isn't a joke. It sounds like this is written by an Imagineer who is guilty of glorifying the importance of his career, which should not take place in an encyclopedic article. 72.0.105.3 15:44, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
Oh, I wish I was an Imagineer. The Imagineers are known for their secrecy in the theme park industry, and I wouldn't argue with the statement that Disneyland is an immersive themed experience. Oh, and the info about Michael Eisner is true as well. I'm sure people would love to think that's my opinion. --Speedway 16:33, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Funding Section[edit]

This section needs a serious reworking as it does not maintain a neutral point of view. Gblaz 19:41, July 19, 2005 (UTC)

Serious Redo[edit]

It was very poorly written. And the Funding Section shows them in a bad light which is more of an opinion. Someone please change!

Article Expansion[edit]

Walt Disney Imagineering deserves a much bigger article than this. This is an encylopedia, and WDI has such a massive history - it is a very daunting task to take on to document the significant things in WDI's past. Things I suggest we include are;

  • The (continuing today) downfall of WDI in the 2000s
  • Just how much influence WDI has in the parks
  • Famous past/present Imagineers
  • Significant milestones passed in technology history, made possible by WDI
  • Collaborations with other R&D companies, such as working with ILM on Star Tours
  • Influence on the Walt Disney Company, e.g. the Imagineering slots on the Disney Channel, WDI techniques being utilised in other areas of Disney
  • Controversies within Imagineering, for example the recent decimation, and things like making Pirates of the Caribbean more PC which upset a lot of Imagineers

Just a few ideas. I will continue to add to the article. --Speedway 20:52, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

"Downfall," "influence" and "decimation" inevitably are someone's opinion, however, and sound more than a little melodramatic. Many large U.S. corporations routinely lay off thousands of employees at a time during bleak periods. No matter how unique, WDI isn't immune from the ups and downs of business. Whoville 23:12, 22 January 2006 (UTC)
I'll agree with adding more famous Imagineers...what about Christopher Carradine? I can't name anything he did, but he comes from a famous family and (according to other articles I read), he was some sort of VP at some point. Surely that counts for something? (Other than being the odd man out in a family full of actors?) 207.179.115.106 (talk) 04:12, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Tony Baxter[edit]

Tony is currently one of the greatest Imagineers at Disney, and quite possibly one of the greatest ever. He deserves his own Wikipedia page stating any projects he has worked on and what he has done in his career. Would someone please make one.

You would create a page on Tony Baxter ? --Gdgourou 08:09, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
You could edit the page Tony Baxter (imagineer), i do a disambiguation page on Tony Baxter --Gdgourou 08:15, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Origin of term[edit]

I just came across a blog entry that claims to have found an earlier use of the term than is cited in this article.

http://paleo-future.blogspot.com/2007/05/word-origins-imagineering-1947.html

I'm no expert (nor enthusiast :), so I'll let you guys figure this one out.

Everdred 13:40, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

Updating an old topic: I've edited the Imagineering article to reflect that Alcoa coined the term in 1940; that should likely be noted in this article as well. A search of Google Books reveals numerous publications throughout the 1940s proclaiming its coinage by Alcoa, which is likely how Disney came to use it. --HidariMigi (talk) 20:16, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:HKDL tomorrowland concept.jpg[edit]

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Current imagineering projects[edit]

Can we define exactly what qualifies a Disney project as a imagineering project. Tiggerjay (talk) 21:44, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Copyright should be trademark?[edit]

The article states "Disney filed for a copyright for the term in 1967, claiming first use of the term in 1962." But single words generally cannot be copyrighted - I assume that this was intended to refer to a trademark. I found a trademark record for "imagineering", and it does state that it was first used in 1962, but it says it was filed in 1989:

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4804:5ughq7.7.1

This might not be the right record, or it might have been registered with a state organization or something, I don't know. In any case it's currently unsupported. Dcoetzee 13:38, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Unnecessary "Management" Section[edit]

Why is this here? Other companies pages listed on wikipedia do not have an ongoing updating list of the company's current employees. After checking both Apple, Inc. and Google, I understand that wikipedia has a "Key People" section as part of the {infobox} for notable employees that have their own pages (such as the CEO but not in the case of Imagineering). And that's it. Company employees are listing each other's names for no apparent reason. If no one finds any objection, I plan to remove the entire management section and update the {infobox} with "Key People" to include only John Lasseter as the Principle Creative Advisor. While other high positions would be relevant, since the individuals do not have their own pages, they have no reason to be included.

Mechoise (talk) 18:21, 9 February 2015 (UTC)