Animation, Theme Park & Toy Design — Ethan Reed

A TCAP Video Podcast Series

Animation, Theme Park & Toy Design
Ethan Reed

3 episodes

From his current work as a toy designer, to his more than 20 years as an Imagineer for the Walt Disney Company, Ethan Reed’s art and designs have been captivating and entertaining audiences around the world for decades. While at Walt Disney Imagineering, Ethan held a variety of roles from Animator to Creative Director and had the honor to work on many of the classic attractions as well as helped to create new beloved Disney experiences including Mystic Manor (Hong Kong Disneyland), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom & Shanghai Disneyland Park), Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage (Tokyo DisneySea), Minnie’s Style Studio (Tokyo Disneyland) and The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (Disney’s California Adventure & Magic Kingdom). Ethan was also the lead designer on the incredibly popular Duffy and Friends merchandise line for Disney Parks which led him to his current role as a toy designer.

Ethan is also a best selling author and illustrator. Ethan’s book “Santa Stops at Disneyland” has sold over 40,000 copies since it was first released in 2022. Ethan began work on the book for his eldest son’s first Christmas. For 15 years Ethan spent nights and weekends developing the story and illustrations, finally completing the book in 2022.

Episode 1 — Early Career

Episode 2 — Working in Multiple Industries

Episode 3 — Adapting to Change

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