The 25th Anniversary of the Park was also the occasion for the press and fan relations team to invite some of the original designers of the Park. We had the privilege to attend a meeting with Disney Legend Tony Baxter, who worked on such staple attractions as the original Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland. Baxter also supervised the creative development of Disneyland Paris.
Baxter moved on from his previous role as senior vice president of creative development for Walt Disney Imagineering and creative executive for the Disneyland Resort in California to become Creative advisor to Walt Disney Imagineering.
We met Baxter at Toad Hall in Fantasyland, Disneyland Paris. Below, you can listen to the recording of our exchange, where Baxter discusses the creation of Disneyland Paris, the changes made to Discoveryland over the years including the strengthening of the Star Wars franchise, and more. Enjoy!