Students Study the Design of Disneyland

HPU art and design students traveled to Disneyland on their fall break for behind-the-scenes experiences to learn about the artists and designers who helped create Disney’s first theme park.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 30, 2018 – Thirteen High Point University art and graphic design majors traveled to Disneyland for behind-the-scenes experiences to learn about the artists and designers who helped create Disney’s first theme park.

HPU’s Scott Raynor, chair and associate professor of visual art, took students on a tour that highlighted the art and design of Disneyland.

Students also had the chance to meet Rolly Crump, who is one of the still living imaginers that worked with Walt Disney. Crump has a key role in the Haunted Mansion, The Enchanted Tiki Room and was the artistic director of Disneyland after Disney’s death. Gina Figliozzi is an HPU junior and said talking to Crump inspired her to take her HPU skills and become a Disney imaginer.

“Talking with a Disney imaginer legend who worked with Walt Disney really gave me the extra drive and ambition to keep striving towards my goal,” said Figliozzi. “Listening and learning from his advice and stories made me love my major and career path even more than before while sparking even more determination.”

The group took a half-day workshop with an animator to learn the mechanics and basics of animation. They also took a “Hack Disneyland” tour of the Magic Kingdom where they looked for details in art and design and learned about the artists who made them. The students also met with a Disney cast member for a Walking in Walt Disney’s Footsteps tour.

“Many of our majors have an interest in working for the Disney company in some capacity,” said Scott Raynor, HPU chair and associate professor of visual art. “This opportunity gave them a behind-the-scenes look at their animation and theme park divisions.”

“Being a student at a university that supports the arts and creativity is truly a blessing,” said Figliozzi. “Art is so crucial to every aspect of this world, yet many do not acknowledge its importance. To attend HPU, a university which provides me with experiences like this trip, is the driving force that upholds the value of art while it fuels my mind and the creative minds of tomorrow alike.”

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