Imagineers at Work: Incredible Photos Taken Behind-the-Scenes

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

While Walt Disney didn’t actually say those words (it was written by Tom Fitzgerald for Epcot’s Horizons), it is an important sentiment within his company. Disney Imagineers — the people who design their theme parks — are known for not only dreaming big but also turning those dreams into reality. They’ve been doing it since Walt Disney first conceived of Disneyland and created the department in 1952.

The blog Disney Avenue has just posted a great collection of 80 vintage photos showing these Imagineers at work creating attractions from all over the world. And while the pictures, unfortunately, aren’t captioned, sharp-eyed Disney fans will recognize many of the projects as well as many of the faces including Marc Davis, Claude Coats, Tony Baxter and even author Ray Bradbury.

Below I’ve selected a few that I really liked, but be sure to go to the article and view all 80 — it’ll make your Disney day.


I love the photo reference and the bubble wrap


Ready to top Cinderella Castle


The Dreamfinder vehicle from Epcot’s Imagination pavilion


More photo reference – this time for President Taft


From the Great Movie Ride – no need to dress what the audience can’t see


Programming Epcot’s American Adventure


A young Tony Baxter working on a Big Thunder Mountain model


Programming Pirates of the Caribbean


Epcot’s World of Motion


Filming China’s CircleVision film


Creating Spaceship Earth’s Sistine Chapel

Doobie Moseley
Doobie is a co-owner of having founded the website with his wife Rebekah in 1999. He became a "hardcore" Disney fan in 1995. His favorite Disney film is Snow White and his all-time favorite attraction is the PeopleMover. Having lived near both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, he's visited them literally thousands of times. He currently lives in Nothern California with his wife and teenage son, but looks forward to living in Florida again soon. His absolutely favorite activity is going on a Disney cruise (he's done 12 as of February 2023).