Disney VIP Tour Guide Shares Magic in “Imagineering Monday” Instagram Series

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Disneyland VIP Tour Guide Imagineering Mondays

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As the world racks up more and more Disney days, more and more cast members are trying to find a way to keep the magic going. One of those Cast Members is Disneyland VIP Tour Guide Philander Butler.

Working from home and missing the parks he knows so well, like the rest of us, Butler has taken upon himself to use his Instagram account to continue to share Disney magic with a few park highlights as well as a fact or two. Most notably is his weekly segment called “Imagineering Mondays.”

Imagineering Mondays focus on one particular Imagineering Project at a time both at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Butler has maintained this segment since mid-August 2019. In his first Imagineering Monday post he wrote:

“As a Tour Guide/ VIP Host for the Disneyland Resort, I’ve spent the good part of the last 6 or so years walking around Walt’s original Magic Kingdom as well as its sister park next door and Downtown Disney and the Hotels. So many details and stories are hidden everywhere and even after all I’ve discovered, I’m still finding more…Inspired by my good friend Esteban, I want to share my findings online with new postings called “Imagineering Monday’s”. Every Monday I’m going to post a fun new finding that showcases the incredible attention to detail that WDI is known for. This is just a fun little passion project for me that I’ve been sitting on for awhile. I hope you all enjoy and let me know what you think!”

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Anyone that knows me well enough knows that I am a MASSIVE fan of The Walt Disney Company and it’s history as well as Imagineering and the incredible techniques they use to create attractions, shows, and lands. I have spent countless hours reading and learning about the two, not only for my own interest, but to share what I’ve learned with people from all over the world. As a Tour Guide/ VIP Host for the Disneyland Resort, I’ve spent the good part of the last 6 or so years walking around Walt’s original Magic Kingdom as well as its sister park next door and Downtown Disney and the Hotels. So many details and stories are hidden everywhere and even after all I’ve discovered, I’m still finding more. I absolutely love my job because I get to share what I’ve learned over the years with people that are just as passionate as I am. Inspired by my good friend Esteban, I want to share my findings online with new postings called “Imagineering Monday’s”. Every Monday I’m going to post a fun new finding that showcases the incredible attention to detail that WDI is known for. This is just a fun little passion project for me that I’ve been sitting on for awhile. I hope you all enjoy and let me know what you think! @randysinnott @lizzie_in_adventureland @peggsdodisney @magic.through.a.lens @mclarenmd @esteban_db @disneylandnurse @disneylandtourguide @daisarita_ @sierraleoni @scoatesy @firstcomesdisney @bruce.guillemette @tinksmagicalvacations @emjaythompson @disneylandpanda @disney366_ @disneylandnewstoday @skhaliplays @perryn.zip @neverneverval

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Since then, Butler’s highlighted attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Imagineering Legends like John Hench, and the development of entire themed lands such as Critter Country.

His latest post was on March 30, 2020, in which he focused on Pixar Pier in which he explains:

Pixar Pier is the colorful new area that exists at the back of DCA that acts as a home to most of the Pixar characters at the Resort. It originally opened as Paradise Pier in 2001 with the park and existed that way until the summer of 2018. This location is one of the more controversial decisions within the past couple of years due to its quick build and arguably hasty creation and implementation.

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Welcome to Imagineering Monday! This week we’re heading over to DCA to find some fun in Pixar Pier! Pixar Pier is the colorful new area that exists at the back of DCA that acts as a home to most of the Pixar characters at the Resort. It originally opened as Paradise Pier in 2001 with the park and existed that way until the summer of 2018. This location is one of the more controversial decisions within the past couple of years due to its quick build and arguably hasty creation and implementation. I will say I’m someone who cares more for the Pixar Pier version than what came before. I appreciate the bright colors, background music from the films, and how the characters are integrated into the layout of the land. The area of course is based on the stories from Pixar, which is located in Emeryville, Ca. I really enjoy when attractions have WDI partner with another studio like Marvel or Lucasfilm. When that happens you get really great attention to detail on certain things. The one we’re here to talk about today is called the Poultry Palace. The Poultry Palace is a small snack eatery shaped like a giant kids meal. WDI added on all the extras to really give it the feel and look of a kids meal. The juice box and straw with the Zurg toy on top. The other prizes drawn on the back side that you could get. And all the literature on the box like an actual kids meal. My favorite small detail at the top of the box is where the kids meals are created at. At the top you see it says, “Printed and packaged in Emeryville, Ca. USA.” As I mentioned earlier, this is where Pixar’s films are created. A fun nod that most don’t see or understand. The best part about this is that it’s not the only place you can this kids meal. The kids meal comes from the Pixar short, “Small Fry”, where Bonnie visits the Poultry Palace and Buzz gets replaced by a smaller, more annoying, Buzz happy meal type version. The kids meal that Bonnie’s Mom orders right in the beginning of the episode is just like the one in DCA! With the same literature in the same spot! Love when Pixar adds things to their media as well! Hope you enjoyed! See you next week! #imagineeringmonday

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VIP tours of Disney parks are very entertaining, very informative, but are also very expensive. These iconic Disney special activities that are offered at every Disney theme park from Butler’s Disneyland Resort VIP tours and the “Keys of the Kingdom” walking tour of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World to niche tours of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and diving adventures in EPCOT. It’s a treat to be able to get any glimpse of the parks from that VIP lens and it is a prime example of how we can keep the magic alive until the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort reopen.

“I started ‘Imagineering Mondays’ because I love sharing Disney with people,” Butler told Inside the Magic. “I do it all the time while at the parks and wanted to share it with others that I don’t get to see as well. Disneyland is an incredible place that brings so much joy and I love showing Guests how much detail goes into the park that they might miss.”

Disneyland Cast Member and VIP Tour Guide, Philander Butler
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Butler went on to praise Walt Disney Imagineering for doing so much amazing work that all too often goes unnoticed by those who enjoy it. “I love opening people’s eye up and showing them the Disney that I see every day,” he shared. “A Disneyland packed with fun details, nods, and little winks… I’ve got so much to share that I’ve learned and discovered. I’m happy to work for the Disneyland Resort and really enjoy showing everyone it’s incredible history.”

This time spent away from the Disney parks has helped Butler see more value in his posting, something fun he only started doing in his free time. “So many are missing their love for the parks that reading something fun about a place their passionate about is helping them through a tough time,” he said. “I’m happy people appreciate them.”

We hold Butler in the same social media ranks as Imagineer Joe Rohde who is currently hosting his own tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, and Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks who is keeping Disniacs up to date on the animals at Walt Disney World.

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