wdimagic.com

wdimagic.com

Project Details

Name

wdimagic.com

Date Completed

October 2002

Type

Location

Online

Summary

Fan-created website celebrating all things Walt Disney Imagineering

When I was in college in the late 90’s, I took a basic HTML coding class. Back then, the internet was a world of dial-up modems and you were doing pretty good if your screen size was 800×600 pixels. From that very basic HTML knowledge, I decided to create a fan website about Walt Disney Imagineering just for fun. The first iteration was launched in 1999 and it was pretty crude, but it was a hobby that I enjoyed. I called the site, “The MAGIC of Walt Disney Imagineering.”

Back then, there wasn’t a lot of information out there about WDI. As an aspiring Imagineer myself, I was determined to gather as much information as I could and put it in one place. I kept adding new sections and new features to the site. As it continued to grow, I recruited my two best friends to help with some of the graphics and marketing of the site. We refined and updated the site and gave it a new look using the latest and greatest techniques of the day. We purchased a real domain name and re-branded the site as “wdimagic.com.”

At its peak, wdimagic.com was probably the most definitive website out there on the topic of Walt Disney Imagineering. As 2002 approached, we were gearing up to celebrate “Fifty Years of Imagineers,” since WDI – formerly known as WED Enterprises – was founded in 1952. Unfortunately, through a series of unfortunate events, our domain name was snatched out from under us and we were never able to recover. By that time, I was a full-time student also trying to hold down a full-time job. So I took the site down and it faded away into obscurity.

Those who were following us probably wondered what happened, as the site virtually disappeared overnight. Fortunately, I kept all of those old html files and I have been able to reconstruct the site as it would have appeared in late 2002 on it’s last day of operation.

By clicking on the link below, you will be taken back to 2002 and view the site in glorious 800×600 resolution! Note that, while I have done my best to reconstruct is as much as possible, there are still some things that may not work properly. Flash is obviously no longer supported, so those will just appear as blank boxes. Some links may not work anymore. Some images may not load properly. But, by and large, the majority of the site is still there and looks just the way I remember it. Note that this is most definitely NOT optimized for mobile viewing and likely will not display well on a mobile device!

Check It Out: Click here to visit wdimagic.com

Mark

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