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2011 Kevin Rafferty
Senior Concept Writer, Director Kevin Rafferty has spent more than 33 years developing concepts for Walt Disney Imagineering and turning them into dimensional storytelling experiences.
Rafferty began his Disney career in 1974 as a dishwasher at the Plaza Inn restaurant at Disneyland. He joined Imagineering in 1978 and contributed to the development of Epcot. He then helped develop both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Water Parks and was show writer for the original Comedy Warehouse live stage show at Pleasure Island in Walt Disney World. For Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park in Florida, Kevin worked with Jim Henson on the story development for MuppetVision 3D and created the original story and name for the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. In addition to theme park attraction design and development, Kevin wrote the text for the book Walt Disney Imagineering A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, and was nominated for an Emmy for his work in Disney television animation. Most recently, he was the co-concept designer and show writer for the award-winning Toy Story Midway Mania! attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure.
Along with being a key member of the concept development teams, Kevin was also the show writer for each of the following memorable attractions: Test Track, The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Journey into Imagination with Figment at Epcot; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; It’s Tough to be a Bug! at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney California Adventure; Flik’s Fun Fair and Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! at Disney California Adventure; Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland; Snow White’s Scary Adventures, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Sonny Eclipse, the Biggest Little Star in the Galaxy and Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom and Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland.
He is currently working on several exciting new attraction concepts for Disney Parks including a project he helped “get on the road” to reality, Cars Land.