Features of this Website

Welcome to the Designing Disney Research Center, a Disney Fan website dedicated to the art and history of Disney theme parks.

Almost once a week (since 2009), I post on this site elaborate and well illustrated articles discussing the stories and history behind - the creation of - famous Disney theme park rides, shows, parades, shops and restaurants.

Below you can find a description of the principal features of my website, with an emphasis on how they contribute to the implementation of the mission of the Research Center.

The mission

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. - “Because magic makes you smile!”

Implementation of the mission

Writing articles, adding to the greater knowledge of the art and history of Disney theme parks.

Archiving my articles in a conveniently arranged database.

Giving readers a chance to share their knowledge by:

- Inviting them to add additional information to the articles I write.

- Inviting them to become a guest writer and publish an article on my website.

Please contact me if you’re interested in becoming a guest writer.

Promoting high quality research conducted by fellow Disney webmasters.

Additional features


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

On this day

Read about major events that happened today in Disney theme park history.

Book reviews

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

Current events

Stay up-to-date with the latest from your favorite Disney theme parks.

Progress Reports

Get periodic updates on the progress of the construction of new attractions / parks.

Photo Galleries

Showcasing pictures of beautifully designed spaces / small design details.


Sharing the magic of Disney with those in need by giving charities a forum.

Take a look around my website. Feel yourself at home.

I really hope that you have a great time here at the “Designing Disney Research Center”!

Be my guest!


Founder, author & webmaster.

October 2011 - Updated May 2012 & July 2013.



I wish to express my most sincere gratitude and appreciation to Thijs, Johnny and Isabel for helping me building this wondrous place.