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.
About Suzannah Otis
A child of the 80's, Zanna climbed trees and roller-skated till the streetlights came on. She sipped her her first iced coffee at age 10 and never looked back. Growing up outside of Boston, all of these things shaped her life, as did the original EPCOT Center, which brought her where she is today.
Zanna is the mother of 2 adult humans, a 13-year old (also human), and 6 (yes, 6) cats. She is also the wife to one husband, who lovingly puts up with all of the above. Zanna tries to find that one little spark in everything, and thanks you very much for taking the time to read this.
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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 😉
David Landon says
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.
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 Burns says
I always thought that was so cool! But the, it was the 80s. 🙂
ashlee lakin says
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….
i had to do a triple take, i have the exact same photo of me at about 5 years old!