fb
Home                 Offers & Booking                 Disney Tickets                 WDW UK Guide                 Disney Reviews                 Article Archive


Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde To Retire

News

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde To Retire

[WDW] The lead Imagineer behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom including PANDORA: The World Of Avatar and more will retire early 2021.


Joe Rohde has announced his retirement from the Walt Disney Company. His final day on the job will be January 4th, 2021.

His career as lead Imagineer spanned from work on EPCOT to the inception and creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom (including the recent Pandora: The World Of Avatar), as well as the Aulani Resort and Spa, and other projects.
I’m sure by now many of you have come across the news that I am retiring from Walt Disney Imagineering.

It has been 40 years since I stepped foot in the door at age 25, not knowing anything about theme parks, Disney, or what it meant to work for a big company. Every day of my life since then has been a learning experience. I’m very glad to have had that opportunity, and proud of the work that has been done, not just by me, but by all my fellow Imagineers, and especially those who worked by my side over the decades.

But 40 years is a long time, and this strange quiet time seems like a great opportunity to slip away without too much disruption. If I wait, I will once again be in the middle of another huge project and by the time that is done, I would be truly old. I’m not that old yet and there are things I want to do that cannot be done here.

We encourage a culture of storytellers, not just amongst ourselves but among our guests and our fans, and because of this, there is a strong temptation to take this moment and turn it into a story. But what story? I think it’s a coming of age story.

I started at Disney as a child, and I learned almost all my life lessons there, developed my confidence, recognized my skills and weaknesses, and went on to work with both… and do what could be done. I could stay forever, but that is like remaining in another kind of womb. I want to see what a grown man might be able to do on his own.

I imagine that there are many of you who I will be sad that I will no longer be a daily part of the Disney company, and there will be some of you who will drift away and no longer follow my ruminations because they feel they aren’t relevant. But I will still be here. And I will still be thinking about things, and doing things, and talking about things… Because that’s kind of what I do. I mentioned in my departure note and I will mention here again the tremendous debt that I owe to our guests and our fans who have been so generous. Working as an Imagineer has made me a good designer, but it is all of you who have made me a better person.


Walt Disney World Early Booker Package For 2022 Stays Now Booking
Book a 2022 Walt Disney World stay and get up to $950 FREE DINING credit, $200 gift card & more.
Click here for full information and to search dates for this free dining offer >>

Book a 2022 Walt Disney World stay and get up to $950 FREE DINING credit, $200 gift card & more

Click here to search your dates and book your 2022 free dining offer >>


Join the Mickey From The UK email club & never miss any of our Disney content
Tick the box to confirm you want to opt into our emails
(Your email will never be shared, sold or spammed as outlined in our privacy policy. Only Disney goodness you'll receive.)
This article was posted on 23-Nov-2020

            submit to reddit

Read Next  View More >
TUI Offering Discounted £20 COVID-19 Tests For Customers Disneyland Paris To Reopen June 17th Disney`s Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel Opening June 21st Disney CEO Confirms Park Pass System Is Not Going Away Soon Disney Adds Noodles Back To The Ohana Menu

Mickey From The UK
UK Disney World Community
Who Are We?

Email Subscribe Facebook Facebook Twitter Instagram

Disney World Early Booker Package For 2022 Stays Now Booking


Walt Disney World FREE DINING CREDIT + free gift card offer for 2022


Up to $950 dining credit, $200 gift card, free amendments, low deposit, & more
Click here to book now >>

Flights Cheap Orlando Flights Search >>
Search for the cheapest MCO flights





'Mickey From The UK' is an unofficial privately owned Disney and Walt Disney World community website.
© MickeyFromThe.UK . All Rights Reserved. Content cannot be reproduced without permission.

Email Club       About       Contact Us       Advertising/Reviews/Sponsorships       Disclaimers       Privacy