NEWS: Imagineer Kevin Rafferty Will Be Retiring After 42 Years with the Walt Disney Company

Disney wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing Cast Members, Imagineers, animators, and more who bring the magic to life each and every day.

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And, another legendary Imagineer will be saying goodbye to Disney to move onto his next adventure soon!

After 42 years of making magic with the Walt Disney Company, Kevin Rafferty will be retiring from his position as an Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering on April 1st. During his career, he helped in the creation of Cars Land, Toy Story Midway Mania, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Test Track, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and more!


Despite his continuous brilliant contributions to the parks, Rafferty has said “It feels like it’s time” as he lets his legacy speak for himself. He stated that I wanted to go out at the top of my game, if you will. It just felt right.” He has seen the Disney Parks continue to grow as there were only two Disney theme parks in the world when he started.


When he first began his career with Disney, he started as a dishwasher at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland. One day he saw a job notice for WED Enterprises to help design and develop EPCOT. And, since then, the rest is history!


Rafferty humbly noted in an interview with D23, “When I started, there were only two Disney parks in the world. It’s really been my honor, my pleasure, and my joy to be around and watch the expansion of the magic that Walt Disney Imagineering has made.”


At the opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Molly got the chance to speak with Rafferty as well, where he shared behind-the-scenes details on the making of Disney’s newest attraction.


We’ll definitely miss Kevin Rafferty’s amazing contributions, we know that his legacy will definitely live on within the Disney Company! As we find out additional news about Disney Parks, we’ll update you on everything else happening soon!

Click here to read more about Kevin Rafferty’s impressive career with Disney!

What was your favorite project that Kevin Rafferty helped on? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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