An Imagineering tour

Ever wanted to visit Walt Disney Imagineering’s offices in California? If you are a Disney Cast Member, it’s easy. Drive yourself to 1401 Flower Street in Glendale, right off of I-5, and present your Disney employee ID at the reception desk. You can visit the cafeteria and Mickey’s of Glendale, the exclusive employee-only store that features Imagineering-logoed merchandise. (Most of us mere mortals have to resort to eBay to get that kind of stuff.)

If you’re not a Disney Cast Member–and you don’t know anyone at WDI who can get you in for a visit–your only real option is Google Earth (or Google Maps in your web browser). Fire up either one, and type in 1401 Flower Street, Glendale, California. After a moment or four, you should see a map. If you click on Satellite View in Google Maps, you’ll get the bird’s-eye view.

The pin location marks a small parking lot for the main entrance to WDI. Take a look at the street view in Google Maps and you’ll get a nice view of the nondescript building. You could drive right past it and never realize what it is. There’s no sign to announce the magic that takes place in this complex. If you pull in the parking lot and take a gander at the front door, the building’s street number sign might look familiar.

When I visited WDI in 2001, we were able to visit Mickey’s of Glendale by going to the WDI cafeteria, out the doors into a courtyard, which we crossed to reach the building housing Mickey’s of Glendale. We were advised not to wander any further than that. 🙂

The current satellite view of the WDI complex shows there is (or was) some earth-moving going on, so I cannot say for sure where MoG is at this point. It was housed in a trailer, and whether the trailer moved or MoG moved into new space is unknown to me. (Anyone know?)

As I dig up more information on different parts of the WDI complex, I’ll pass it on.


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