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Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Names Bring Walt Disney World Attractions to Life

posted on August 9th, 2011 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


How many times have you been on a Disney Parks attraction and said, “Hey, that guy looks familiar!” or “I recognize her voice”? We love how Imagineers seamlessly work celebrities into some of our favorite attractions. It can add additional layers to the storytelling as well as the enjoyment a guest experiences when they have the “Ah ha!” moment of, “Hey, that’s Jamie Lee Curtis playing against Ellen DeGeneres on ‘Jeopardy!’”

Ellen's Energy Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

To celebrate the new issue of Disney twenty-three magazine in honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 40th anniversary, D23 chatted with some of the incredible talent who appear on and in attractions around the Orlando resort. Currently featured on the D23 website is Illeana Douglas (Ghost World, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), who plays the hilarious rock band manager on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. She told us she was shocked when she was asked to be a part of the high-speed attraction. “At first I thought it was a joke,” she said. “Growing up, Aerosmith was my favorite band ever!”

Journey Into Imagination with Figment at Walt Disney World Resort

We also chatted with Eric Idle who contributed his talents to two Epcot attractions (Journey into Imagination With Figment and Honey I Shrunk the Audience), who is thrilled to a part of Disney history. “I love being able to appear fifteen times a day without having to turn up!” he joked.

Coming up this week we have exclusive interviews with two other big-name talents, including an actress who experienced an Alien Encounter and an actor who sent guests careening into space by giving voice to a lovable robot. We’ll finish up the series with a round up of stories and quotes from a dozen other stars (including a mischievous pirate, a chief flight attendant and lovable bug)! You’ll be able to find them all on the D23 website.

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Diana from NY on August 9th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Oooh, I wonder if it’ll be Kathy Najimy or Tyra Banks from Alien Encounter (I’m hoping for Kathy Najimy – she is hilarious!). I’m loving the reminiscing and trivia bits on the blog lately!

On a family trip to Disneyland, my family saw Jamie Lee Curtis enjoying the park with her family. How I wish I had the courage to go up to her and call her “Stupid Judy” (although I’m guessing she would have thought I was insane, lol). Universe of Energy is one of my favorites!

With reviews of recent D23 events, and other fun things like this, I must admit I’m strongly considering a membership!

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Philip on August 9th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

They just interviewed Kathy Najimy, Diana.

As for the hint of the next interviewee, my guess is Paul Reubens, the voice of Captain Rex in Star Tours.

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Lacey on August 9th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Journey to Imagination has always been a favorite of mine. But, no offense to Mr. Idle, PLEASE bring Dreamfinder back!

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Megan on August 9th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I love that Puddy (from Seinfeld) is the host for Soarin’. “And Oh yeah, Have a nice flight.” Cracks me up everytime!

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Alison on August 9th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I was so excited when I realized John Michael Higgins (Best in Show) was in Test Track. I’ve been on that ride since it first started previews and only this year realized it was him!! If only I knew who the other lady was with him. She was part of the video before the old Star Tours too I think. =)

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Sam on August 10th, 2011 at 6:28 am

Thank for this train of thought.

Who is the guy at the sound board with Illeana Douglas during the pre-show of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster? I’ve seen him, just cannot place him.

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Terry from FL on August 10th, 2011 at 10:27 am

To Sam:

The guy on the sound board in RnRC is Ken Marino. He’s been in lots of TV shows, recently playing one of the demons on Reaper.

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