CLA Speaks presents Tony Baxter
Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Disney Imagineering, Retired
Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 7PM
Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre (bldg. 44)
A Disney fan since his youth, Tony Baxter was hired as a Disney Imagineer in 1970 at age 23. He began his tenure as field art director for the Magic Kingdom's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In the following decade, Baxter helped define the modern Disney park landscape with attractions such as Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1979), Imagination pavilion at EPCOT Center and Splash Mountain (1989).
After serving as executive producer of Disneyland Paris in 1992, he returned stateside to redesign Tomorrowland at Disneyland (1998) and for 50th anniversary projects including the restoration of the Disneyland submarines with Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (2007), the re-opening of an enhanced Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough (2008), an upgraded restoration of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (2009), Star Tours — The Adventures Continue (2011) and Fantasy Faire (2013).
Tony retired in February 2013, but continues to serve as a creative advisor and mentor of a new generation of Imagineers.