Throwback Thursday: The Rainbow Corridor

In honor of Walt Disney World’s upcoming 40th anniversary, I thought I’d post a photo each week of me or my family from our past visits. I have posted in the past my earliest photo from around 1979 but here’s one from one of my favorite places ever – the Rainbow Corridor at Image Works upstairs from Journey into Imagination. That attraction, and the Image Works play-area hold my tiny, unicorn-filled childhood heart. I spent hours in there playing with the different colored tables full of ‘pins’, painting Figment on a touch screen, stomping on the colored lights to make music, and Dreamfinder’s School of Drama (green screen at its finest – AND, Dreamfinder was played by none other than Imagineer extraordinaire, Joe Rohde – thanks to Scott Otis [Disney expert and friend extraordinaire] for that tidbit!). I would give just about anything to go there again.

Rainbow Corridor
Me, in my 80's finest - EPCOT Center cap, Esprit shirt, short shorts, my shirt tucked in?!...inside the greatest tunnel ever made. I think this must be around 1984. Special thanks to Scott Otis for reminding me of the Rainbow Corridor's actual name, I'd forgotten the corridor part!
  • Anonymous

    I really, really, really need to scan some of our old photos. I think I have a similar one with me wearing lots of neon colors. Ah, the 80’s 😉

  • Ah, the Rainbow Corridor. What really kills me is that it’s still sitting up there, completely intact. I wish they’d at least move it into the current ImageWorks. Might class the place up a bit.

    • I would love to see them re-open the entire second floor…even the elevator alone was magical. 🙁 So sad. Every single part of the original Image Works is still relevant today. Sure, they could use newer green screen technology, but still, it was all cool.

  • Eefoster

    Joe Rohde was Dreamfinder? How did I not know this? Super fun fact!

    • Yes!! Just in the film portions of Dreamfinder’s School of Drama and somewhere else in the Image Works I think, I’ll have to ask Scott again. But if you search for Dreamfinder’s School of Drama you’ll find a MousePlanet video explaining green screen and you can see Joe Rohde at the end. 😀 So funny!

  • Steve

    I always thought that was so cool! But the, it was the 80s. 🙂

  • Hi!  This post made me think about pictures I have of me and my sister at River Country.  Did you ever go there?  It was one of our very favorite things to do at WDW.  🙂  I’ll have to dig them out and scan them as well.  I also wish I could find my old school Eastern Airlines (If you had wings) picture.  I can still hear the song now….

  • Keri

    i had to do a triple take, i have the exact same photo of me at about 5 years old!