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||Posted: May 26, 2009, 12:21 am
V.P. of Walt Disney Imagineering, Florida speaks in Long Beach, Mississippi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Disney comes to the Coast
By Mary Perez, Sun Herald
May. 23, 2009
He’s had a hand in “imagineering” Disney’s Tower of Terror and scores of other attractions, and Jack Blitch will be on the Coast on Tuesday to highlight his 21 years of Disney adventures for Issues + Answers.
The lecture series is sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Sun Herald and held at the university’s Advanced Education Center auditorium in Long Beach.
New Orleans born and raised, Blitch is vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, Florida, home to the largest contingent of “imagineers” outside Glendale, Calif. He and his team design, develop and implement creative ideas for Disney’s Florida attractions, resorts and cruise ships to deliver experiences families will never forget.
Walt Disney Imagineering was chartered by Walt Disney to build Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The group combines creativity, technology, innovation and storytelling to create Disney’s incomparable attractions.
“It’s fun and extremely rewarding,” said Blitch, who was project director for the Audubon Institute and collaborated with Disney to build the New Orleans Aquarium.
“I didn’t realize at the time they were interviewing me,” he said, and he went to work with Disney in 1988.
On Tuesday, he’ll tell the crowd about Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and how Walt Disney envisioned his theme parks appealing to all ages. Blitch said Walt’s visions still guide the company today. Using original clips and images of Disney attractions, he will describe how his team creates memorable experiences for the guests,
“I work with a really fantastic team of ‘imagineers,’ ” Blitch said, “who continue to do the impossible.” His team recently finished replacing all the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
“These were original treehouses built in 1971,” he said of the three-bedroom units that combine a sense of childhood adventure with modern convenience. The treehouses were rebuilt without damaging the trees on the site.
Blitch said his team is constantly busy. They just opened the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure at Epcot and the Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Another new Disney Vacation Club project nearing completion is Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Blitch and his wife still own a home in New Orleans. Their Bay St. Louis home was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. He serves on the board of the Infinity Science Center to help bring some of the magic he’s implemented at Disney Parks and Resorts home to Hancock County.
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