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#DisneyMagicMoments: The Rohdes, Less Traveled: Inside the Design and Inspiration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Joe Rohde

by , Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Our family has been at home together since March, and life can get repetitive at times. So, to pass away the hours and give ourselves something to do as a family, we decided to create a five-part video series about design at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

In our family of four we have multiple writers, a director and cameraman, a producer…and a talking head (me). Plus a house full of  (as the saying goes, ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!’) that we’ve dragged back from all over the world during the last 40 years. The challenge is to work with what we have, therefore limited only to the photographs and video clips that I have on my own laptop and snapshots that I found in a box in my studio, plus settings we’ve improvised in our house and yard. Since we are not going anywhere, it’s new #DisneyMagicMoments called “The Rohdes, Less Traveled”… 


  • Loved this, can’t wait to see more!

  • Finally got to sit down and watch this video. I love Animal Kingdom and spend 2 days there on my annual trips. We walk by all these details in the park all the time without a thought. It really is great to learn how all of this came about and the effort and learning process behind making AK the magical place that it is. I hope we’ll see more videos like this.

  • This would be an awesome series on Disney +

  • Please give us a Disney+ series like this.

  • Very nice! 👍

  • Our daughter, Jen, was part of the team that worked on Expedition Everest and she made us aware of the importance of the carvings around the building which is a restroom. I’m so glad I watched this video to become more aware of other decorations that I need to study for their authentisity. Thanks Joe and family.

  • I would absolutely watch an entire documentary-series on Disney+ for stuff like this. I keep pointing my kids to Joe Rohde as to what is possible when you enjoy and excel at something.

  • Best content ever!

  • Love this! Thank you.

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