• Designing the Disneyland Hotel Gingerbread House

    Learn about the design and construction of the gingerbread house.
  • Disney’s Halloween Party 2016 – Photo Report

    Relive the magic of this year’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Paris!
  • 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.

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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DesignWe take you behind the scenes and show you how Disney theme park magic is made.

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HistoryPast and Present. We give you an overview of the evolution of the Disney parks and resorts.

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PeopleEverything you need to know about the most legendary Walt Disney Imagineers.

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On this DayRead about mayor events that happened today in Disney theme park history.

Book Reviews

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

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Current EventsStay up-to-date with the latest from all of the Disney theme parks across the globe.

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Designing the Disneyland Hotel Gingerbread House

We discuss the design and construction of the Disneyland Hotel gingerbread house and pay tribute to the efforts made by the many talented Cast Members involved.

Disney’s Halloween Party 2016 – Photo Report

Our photographers put on their costumes, mingled with the crowds and perfectly captured the magic of a Halloween party at Disneyland Paris.
 

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”?