Disney VoluntEARS Help Inspire Future Scientists, Engineers

Disney VoluntEARS Help Inspire Future Scientists, Engineers

Like many cast members, after enjoying a day at one of the theme parks with family or friends, I often get asked, “How’d they do that?”

After spending time with some of my fellow cast members (who are also super-smart engineers), I now have a much better chance of answering that question. These engineers recently volunteered to showcase Disney’s history of innovation during Otronicon, a STEM-focused event at the Orlando Science Center.

This annual event is designed to inspire local students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It was awesome to see these future scientists connect with Disney VoluntEARS who demonstrated how we’ve pushed the boundaries of creativity to bring theme park attractions to life – including the use of Pepper’s Ghost effect at Haunted Mansion to the latest advances used to bring Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to life. My favorite by far was a 3-D model of Pandora – The World of Avatar opening this summer to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with its awe-inspiring land of floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests.

Check out this video to see more.

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Avid fan of Disney and especially Walt's original park, Disneyland! Love to share the passion with others and help bring a little magic into their lives.

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This Day In History

1929 Mickey's Choo Choo released
1932 Bugs In Love (a Silly Symphony) released
1956 Disneyland welcomed its 5,000,000th guest
1971 Walt Disney World opened. At the time it consisted of just the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary & Polynesian resorts, and Fort Wilderness Campground
1979 Work began on EPCOT
1982 EPCOT opened
1983 The Horizons pavilion opened at EPCOT
1986 The Magic Kingdom’s Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree opened
1987 The Daredevil Circus Spectacular opened at Epcot
1988 The Caribbean Beach resort opened
1991 Spectromagic performed for the first time at the Magic Kingdom
1992 Tokyo Disneyland opened its version of Splash Mountain
1992 The Disney Channel broadcast Fraggle Rock for the first time
1993 Backstage Magic closed at Epcot
1995 United Kingdom broadcast it’s own version of the Disney Channel for the first time
1995 Vero Beach resort opened
1996 The Remember The Magic parade began at the Magic Kingdom
1996 Goofy’s Barnstormer opened at the Magic Kingdom
1996 Disney’s Boardwalk resort had it’s grand opening ceremony
1998 Fantasmic! began performances at Walt Disney World
1999 The Millennium Village and the new Imagination pavilion opened at EPCOT
1999 Mystery, Alaska released
2000 Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom unveiled Blaine Gibson’s statue of Roy O Disney and Minnie Mouse
2001 Walt Disney World’s 100 Years of Magic Celebration began
2001 Playhouse Disney – Live On Stage (featuring Bear of Big Blue House fame) opened at MGM