On October 29, 2022, we held a special talk with women who made an indelible impact on some of Walt Disney Imagineering's most iconic and enduring projects. On part two of this special two-part episode of WD-FM, hear the stories of Elisabete (Eli) Minceff Erlandson and Tori Atencio McCullough—two contributing authors of Women of Walt Disney Imagineering.
Elisabete (Eli) Minceff Erlandson wanted to study art, but her immigrant parents insisted she study anything else and encouraged medicine or engineering. She chose architecture, which had its own challenges as a male-dominated profession. For many years, she was the only woman at WDI who had an architectural license. She worked on 11 of the 12 Disney theme parks and has lived in Hong Kong and Paris. She is also an accomplished set designer and art director.
Tori Atencio McCullough is another Imagineer with deep Disney roots—her father, Disney Legend X Atencio, was a Disney artist and writer. McCullough spent her 40-year career at WDI in the interior design studio as both a designer and manager, and in those two roles has worked on every Disney theme park.
Women of Walt Disney Imagineering is available now!