Eddie Sotto is a former Disney Imagineer who worked for the Walt Disney Company for 13 years from 1986 to 1999. He remains one of the top designers and mixed-media producers in the world and is the founder in 2004 of Sotto Studios. His website at SottoStudios.com is filled with photos and artwork.

During his time with WDI, he became Senior Vice President of Concept Design in 1994. His work included Main Street USA at Disneyland Paris, early concept development of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure, the 1995 re-do of Disneyland's Adventureland, and enhancements to Tokyo Disneyland including Pooh's Hunny Hunt, concept development for Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom and many, many more contributions.

He also worked on projects for Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, and Six Flags, as well as countless other businesses and continues to develop innovative and exciting projects worldwide.

I previously interviewed him for MousePlanet about his abandoned proposal for converting Disneyland's Tom Sawyer Island into Lafitte's Island with a tunnel going under the Rivers of America to the new pirate lair and his work with Imagineer Herb Ryman especially on Euro Disneyland's Main Street USA.

Over the decades, despite being busy with his own company, Sotto has been very gracious and generous in sharing stories of his time working in Imagineering with the Disney fan community. That kindness was demonstrated yet again when I interviewed him in June 2019 about his involvement in Disney projects involving the world of tomorrow. Sotto reviewed the final text and made some additions and tweaks in early August 2019.


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