D23 x Walt Disney Imagineering Magical Milestones – Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary

Fri. Oct 1, 2021 at 10:00am - Sun. Oct 31, 2021 at 11:45pm EDT
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Join this D23 Member-Exclusive Virtual Event as we explore over 50 years of designing the magic at the Most Magical Place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort!

Celebrate Walt Disney World Resort with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and Walt Disney Imagineering, in our Magical Milestones series marking some of the biggest Disney Parks anniversaries in brand-new ways for Disney fans around the globe!

This exclusive virtual event will feature a grand gathering of Imagineers who will take us on a journey spanning everything from the resort’s origins and history, featuring beautiful artwork and storytelling, to plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that will let us meet some of the fascinating people who bring our favorite places to life.

The fourth in this celebratory series marks the 50th anniversary of the most magical place on earth, the Walt Disney World Resort. Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated director Leslie Iwerks, you won’t want to miss our biggest celebration to date as we take you on an epic five-part journey through each park and the iconic resorts, traversing the evolution of design across 50 years, highlighting several fan-favorites (past and present) that we all love!

We’ll start where it all began, Magic Kingdom, as Portfolio Creative Executive Chris Beatty and retired Imagineer Eric Jacobson discuss the challenges that Walt Disney Imagineering had to deal with after Walt Disney; the path to opening day; and how it has evolved every decade to define its unique identity.
Next we’ll look at EPCOT, featuring retired Imagineer Peggie Fariss, and Portfolio Executive Producer Jodi McLaughlin, and learn how Walt’s biggest dream became a reality, with its visions of the future and global community continuing to inspire us to make this world a better place.

Onward to the glitz and glitter of Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Leslie Iwerks sits down with President, WDI Creative & New Experience Development Bob Weis, Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge, and Executive Interior Design Barb Dietzel. Together they’ll look at the park’s origins as a movie studio that peeled back the curtain, to now evolving into some of the most immersive themed lands ever created.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Art Director Kyle Price and Assistant Producer Jennifer Gerstin sit down with Manager of Communications Diego Parras as they look at how this unique species of theme park broke new ground with its deeply thoughtful blending of animals, environment, and Disney storytelling.

And if four parks weren’t enough, Staying in the Magic: Disney Resorts joins retired Imagineer and Disney Legend Wing Chao with Portfolio Creative Executive of Global Resort Design Bhavna Mistry, Executive Project Manager Michael Davie, and Executive Architect David Stofcik as they look at how the beloved resorts have evolved from opening day to 30,000 hotel rooms—each with a unique experience and new levels of storytelling.

Be sure to register on, where you’ll be given a unique access code to watch this special panel premiering Friday, October 1, at 10 a.m. PT and available through Sunday, October 31, at 11:45 p.m. PT.

Upon registration, you’ll be sent a confirmation email with online viewing instructions, including your personal link and access code.


  • D23 Gold Members are able to request one (1) complimentary access code per membership to view the event.

  • D23 General Members are able to purchase one (1) access code per membership for $10 (plus $1.50 processing fee) to view the event.

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Walt Disney World Resort 1375 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida 32836