Podcast Episodes

Kilimanjaro Safaris (Walt’s Dream at Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Kilimanjaro Safaris opened at Walt Disney World on Earth Day 1998 (after a soft opening that spring). As the signature attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris is Walt Disney’s dream come to life. As a lover of animals and nature, Walt originally intended for Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise to feature live animals, but it just […]

Tower of Terror Fun Facts

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has been a fan favorite at Walt Disney World since it opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) in 1994. Most Disney fans and historians would agree it’s one of the best theme park attractions created by Walt Disney Imagineering. Much of its success is thanks to the […]

Evaluating Changes at Disney

There’s a quote by Walt Disney that’s well-known with Disney fans and historians: “In this volatile business of ours, we can ill afford to rest on our laurels, even to pause in retrospect. Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” Walt was famous for “plussing” […]

Splash Mountain (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland)

Splash Mountain, which first opened at Disneyland Park in 1989, then at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland in 1992, has been an iconic part of the Magic Kingdom mountain range for decades. Conceived by Disney Legend Tony Baxter, Splash Mountain takes guests into the colorful animated world of Song of the South, featuring characters like […]


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Matthew Krul

Matthew Krul, the founder and host of Imagineer Podcast, is a lifelong fan and historian of all things Disney (since his first trip to Walt Disney World as an infant) and a former Cast Member of the Walt Disney Company. After working at the Disney Store in 2006, Matt went on to complete an internship at Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2007 as part of the Disney College Program. Matt also participated in a Disney Professional Internship in 2014, working with the Marketing Strategy team at Disney Vacation Club. Matt now lives in the New York City area with his wife and family as a Digital Marketing Manager. As an annual passholder, he makes frequent trips to Walt Disney World and the occasional pilgrimage to Disneyland. Matt has also visited Disneyland Paris and has stayed at almost every Walt Disney World Resort hotel. He founded the Imagineer Podcast in 2017 to share his love for all things Disney and to inspire generations to go after their dreams. Matt’s goal is to create happiness and build a positive community of Disney fans.

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