There is so much history to uncover about Disney’s theme parks, especially the more distant past. We’ve heard many of the stories about the work of the Imagineers at WED on the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney World, and beyond. But what about the time before those big moments? Tom K. Morris is working on a fascinating book project about those early days of Imagineering. He keeps making new discoveries about Disneyland’s opening years, including the location of the WED office.
Tom is my guest on this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his research into the book and a lot more. He first appeared in September 2019 to talk about his career as an Imagineer and projects like Journey Into Imagination and the castle at Disneyland Paris. In his second appearance, Tom gives an update on his book and talks about what it was like to work at EPCOT Center during the months before the opening date.
The final segment focuses on Tom’s work on Splash Mountain at Disneyland. We cover the challenge to find the right location in tight quarters at Disneyland. Tom also worked with ride engineers to determine the track layout. His stories provide an interesting background about Splash Mountain and how it came together.