Joe Rohde, one of the most talented, outspoken and genius Imagineers behind some of Disney’s most inventive and breathtaking ideas has announced he will be leaving The Walt Disney Company and retiring.
Rohde is the man behind the planning and development of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. His most illustrious Disney accomplishments include Pandora, World of Avatar and Expedition Everest.
Rohde, 65, has been with with The Walt Disney Company for 40 years. He began his career with Disney in 1982, as a model designer during the planning of Epcot, which opened in 1982.
“The timing is right for retirement,” said Rohde.
His retirement as creative executive for The Walt Disney Company is effective as of Jan. 4, 2021.
This is the official message shared via the Walt Disney Imagineering Instagram account:
After an illustrious 40-year Imagineering career, Joe Rohde just shared his plan to retire on Jan. 4, 2021. We can’t thank Joe enough for his infectious passion, being an incredible teacher and mentor, and for inspiring generations of Disney Imagineers and guests from around the world. Wishing @JoeRohde all the best in his next journey and on the many, many more adventures yet to come.
We are beyond saddened to lose such an amazing mind and talent but wish Joe Rhode all the best in retirement.