Heigh ho, heigh ho. Have you ever wanted to work for Disney? Soon, you’ll get a better idea of what it must be like to work for the mouse with a special collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and the company’s new streaming service Disney+ called One Day.
Earlier this year in February, Disney commissioned 76 different photo shoots to take place all on one day. The goal was to capture various employees and cast members who bring the magic, drive creativity and provide innovation for The Walt Disney Company. From Shanghai Disneyland and ESPN to Pixar and the set of Modern Family, these spectacular photographs—and the stories behind them—will be featured in One Day at Disney, a new, 224-page coffee table book by Bruce Steele.
The book won’t be available until December 3, but on that same day, 52 episodes of the new short-form series title One Day at Disney will launch on Disney+ along with a feature-length documentary. Created by Endeavor Content’s Non-Scripted Division, this new series of shorts, that range from four to seven minutes in length, gives a different view from the many different jobs at Disney.
Following the debut of the special, which features such talent as Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and legendary animator Eric Goldberg, more than 50 One Day at Disney shorts, each profiling a single remarkable person and their fascinating job, will debut each week. Some of these people featured in the “docu-special” include:
• Eric Baker: The Walt Disney Imagineer who has overseen the creation of many of the intricately detailed props and lifelike creatures that inhabit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts
• Ashley Girdich: A talented Walt Disney Imagineer who, as a Research and Development Project Manager, drives plans and helps teams execute some of the innovative robotics technology projects being created for our Parks around the world
• Eric Goldberg: The legendary animator known for creating the Genie in Aladdin and Phil in Hercules, directing Pocahontas, as well as for animating Mickey Mouse in the Academy Award-nominated short Get a Horse!
• Mark Gonzales: A Los Angeles native who works on the world-famous Disneyland Railroad
• Grace Lee: A senior illustration manager at Disney Worldwide Publishing who has worked on titles from Zootopia to Fancy Nancy
• Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela: The talented South African actor currently playing Rafiki in the Madrid production of phenomenally successful musical The Lion King
• Ryan Meinerding: Marvel Studio’s head of visual development who has worked on films including Avengers: Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy
• Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko: The veterinarian who cares for creatures large and small at Walt Disney World Resort, including a number of endangered and threatened species.
• Jerome Ranft: The skilled Pixar artist who created detailed sculptures for animators to use as reference for such films as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, and Ratatouille
• Robin Roberts: The former ESPN sportscaster has been co-anchor of the Emmy® Award-winning, top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, since 2005
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