Lunch with an Imagineer Review – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Reviews of Lunch with An Imagineer at Disney Studios Home of the original Brown Derby Cobb salad, seared steaks, grapefruit cake and classic cocktails, this warm wood-paneled restaurant celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Visit The Mouse for Less Lunch with an Imagineer Menu.

Cuisine: American

Service Type: Signature Dining

Price Range: $$$ ($36 to $59.99)

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Location: Hollywood Blvd. Area

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  1. Another newly instituted program, I believe this is modeled after “Lunch with a Disney Animator.” I wasn’t particularly drawn to animation (forgive the pun), but jumped on this one; I think we’re all fascinated by Imagineers.

    Our group of eight met at the Brown Derby at 11:30 a.m. We were escorted to a small, private dining room, known as the Bamboo Room, by the Brown Derby’s manager and introduced to our Imagineer, Eric, and our waitstaff. The menu offered several choices for each course, including their famous Cobb salad. We enjoyed our lunch and spent a delightful hour with Eric, who works in Show Production, one of over 150 different departments under the Imagineering umbrella. The majority of Imagineers work out of California, but I was surpised to learn that there are about 600 in Orlando. Eric has worked on a number of projects including the Millennium planning, and Mission: Space. He is actually a third-generation Disney employee. His grandfather was one of the original Imagineers working for WED under Walt Disney. His mother was a face character; a princess, don’t remember which one, in Disneyland. He passed around a special ring that he wore which had been his grandfather’s and was given to him by his mother a couple of years back. It was a “55 Club” ring, given only to those who worked for Walt in 1955 when Disneyland opened. This was quite an amazing thing to see; I don’t believe there are too many of these floating around. What was most interesting was the path he had taken to his current position. Interestingly I spoke with a number of castmembers during my vacation this year, and often heard the same story. While most of us may think that, as in most corporations, employees join the company and work their way up vertically within their profession, it seems as though a great many start in one job and end up someplace entirely different. I was amazed at how many people began their Disney careers doing something such as selling ice cream in the Magic Kingdom. This was certainly true of Eric, as well, who did not begin at Disney as an Imagineer. I asked him if he had agreed to attend the lunch under duress and he said it was quite the opposite. When the program was announced, tons of castmembers signed up and there is an enormous waiting list to be the Imagineer of the day. At the end of the meal, large plates were brought out which he signed for each individual. I think the nicest thing about this program is that each lunch would be an entirely different experience with a different Imagineer and a different group of dining companions. This is definitely something to consider trying.

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