• Designing Adventureland – Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

    Learn about the design and origins of the “Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost” restaurant, Disneyland Paris.
  • Walt’s Apartment – Disneyland Hotel

    Have an exclusive look inside the beautiful ‘Walt’s Apartment’ suite at the Disneyland Hotel.
  • In the Footsteps of a Disneyland Hotel Castle Club Cast Member

    Read our interview with Yann Barose.
  • Designing the Golf Disneyland Clubhouse

    Discover why this building is not themed like the Parks or Hotels.
  • Designing Adventureland – The Curious Giraffe

    Learn about the design & origins of the “La Girafe Curieuse" shop, Disneyland Paris.

Welcome to Designing Disney Research Center.

Fan website, investigating, and encouraging others to investigate, the art and history of Disney theme parks, in the firm belief that a good understanding of their creation and roots will fuel higher appreciation of their beauty and unique charm. Read more.


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Book ReviewsDiscover the ‘must-read’ books about the art and history of Disney parks and resorts.

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Designing Adventureland – Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Imagineer Chris Tietz (Show Producer Adventureland, Disneyland Paris) tries to answer questions like, “What did this restaurant used to look like?” and “What inspired its original design”?

Walt’s Apartment – Disneyland Hotel

Join us as we take you on a tour of this beautiful suite and talk about the design features that were borrowed from the apartment the Disney’s had in California.

In the Footsteps of a Disneyland Hotel Castle Club Cast Member

Mister Yann Barose shows us around the Disneyland Hotel Castle Club. Take this chance to enter a world of luxury and personalized service!