• Designing Main Street USA – Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts

    Learn about the design & origins of "Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts”, Disneyland Paris.
  • Inside the Euro Disney Preview Center

    Sharing with you some never before published finds.
  • Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Art Nouveau

    Discover how the Hotel and its Magic Kingdom Club look like.
  • Creating Disney Magic – The Beverage Division

    Interview with mister Rene Delvincourt.
  • Stars above Main Street USA

    Paying tribute to the people involved in the planning, design and construction of 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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Design

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

History

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

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People

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

Calendar

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.

Current Events

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

New - Articles

Designing Main Street USA – Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts

Walt Disney Imagineer Eddie Sotto explains how “Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts” pays tribute to the American barbershop from the turn of the twentieth century.
 

Inside the Euro Disney Preview Center

We share with you the actual architectural plans of the Euro Disney Preview Center and some exciting new information about its design and history.
 

Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Art Nouveau

We show you how the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and its Magic Kingdom Club look like and assess if Disney managed to create a successful variation on its Victorian luxury hotel formula.