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UX, DESIGN, SPEAKER & CREATIVE CONSULTANT

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About Me

A 40-YEAR CREATIVE CAREER
A MAGICAL CAREER

Joe’s creative career can simply be described as magical. A spectacular journey with 37 years at Disney, Joe began as an animator and worked his way up to the top of Imagineering. He’s served as creative lead on over $9B in marquis projects to date but more importantly his work inspires and brings joy to generations of guests around the globe.

 

Joe continues to consult on select projects and enjoys sharing his knowledge through UX talks, his podcast and advising the creative projects of tomorrow.

Sketch pad and drawing of Mermaid Lagoon concept art by Joe Lanzisero 01/09 Photos of Joe Lanzisero's early career at Cal Arts and Disney Animation 02/09 Photo collage of Joe Lanzisero's early career at Disney Imagineering 03/09 Photo collage of Joe Lanzisero and grand opening ceremonies of Mystic Manor, Toy Story and Grizzly Gulch in Hong Kong 04/09 Joe Lanzisero winning a TEA Award for Mystic Manor at the Themed Entertainment Awards 05/09 Drawings of Joe Lanzisero as Dr. J.L. Baterista in the Society of Explorers and Adventurers 06/09 Photo collage of Joe Lanzisero and his time at Disney Cruise Lines 07/09 Joe Lanzisero giving various talks on UX Design and Story 08/09 Photo collage of Joe Lanzisero in various offices and drawing desks 09/09

Career Achievements

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Years at Disney
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Animated Films
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Billion $ in Marquis Projects
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TEA Awards

Select Works

EXCITEMENT + ANTICIPATION = MAGIC
THEME PARKS

If you’re going to drive design at theme parks, you might consider yourself blessed to have had that experience at Disney Imagineering. I do.

 

Pro Tip: Trust the process.

Mystic Manor collage in Disney Hong Kong 01/11 Mermaid Lagoon collage of concept drawings and photos at Tokyo DisneySea 02/11 Toy Story collage of rides, Disney Hong Kong 03/11 Splash Mountain Tokyo Disney, collage of concept drawings and photos 04/11 The Arabian Coast at Tokyo DisneySea, a collage of concept drawings and photos 05/11 Mickey's Toontown, collage of concept artwork and photos 06/11 The Muppets Move Ride concept artwork for the Jim Henson company by Joe Lanzisero 07/11 Ketchakiddee Creek concept artwork and photo collage by Joe Lanzisero 08/11 Hettema Group concept drawings by Joe Lanzisero 09/11 Zeitgeist USA concept artwork for Chimelong by Joe Lanzisero 10/11 Concept Sketche and artwork for the Hettema Group by Joe Lanzisero 11/11
CRUISE LINES

My decade in cruising was like the names of the ships I worked on – a Fantasy and a Dream filled with Wonder and Magic.

 

Pro Tip: Strive for ‘Oh-My-God moments’ to astound even the most seasoned cruiser.

Disney cruise ships: Dream, Fantasy, Magic & Wonder 01/09 Magic Portholes on Disney cruise ships 02/09 Disney Cruise Line Aqua Dunk water slides 03/09 Disney Cruise Lines Aqua Duck water slides 04/09 Disney Cruise Line Aqua Lab kids play area 05/09 Satellite Falls sketch design on napkin and photo collage 06/09 Twist n Spout water slide on Disney Cruise Lines 07/09 Oceaneer Lab photo collage on Disney Cruise Line 08/09 Concept sketch design drawings for children's play zones on Disney Cruise Lines 09/09
CRUISE LINES

My decade in cruising was like the names of the ships I worked on – a Fantasy and a Dream filled with Wonder and Magic.

 

Pro Tip: Strive for ‘Oh-My-God moments’ to astound even the most seasoned cruiser.

HOTELS

The best hospitality experiences tell a story – and bringing that story to life in a hotel or a restaurant – is one of my absolute sweet spots.

 

Pro Tip: Create life size mockups of the rooms for design and stash a bottle of champaign in the fridge for when the executives drop by.

Disney Explorers Hotel in Hong Kong concept drawing and real image 01/07 Disney Explorers Hotel story inspiration for each hotel zone 02/07 Disney Explorers Hotel overhead layout geography concept and map 03/07 Disney Explorers Lodge mood boards and drawings of Asia and Africa zones 04/07 Disney Explorers Lodge mood boards and drawings of Polynesia and Amazon zones 05/07 Disney Explorers Lodge front desk concept drawing and images 06/07 Mystic Manor collage in Disney Hong Kong 07/07
RESTAURANTS

Hotels and restaurants – or at least the successful ones – are no longer places to sleep and eat. They’re pure theatre and powerful expressions of a corporate brand on a human scale.

 

Pro Tip: Napkins are great emergency sketch paper

Animators Palate restaurant collage 01/09 Enchanted Garden restaurant collage 02/09 Pink restaurant collage 03/09 Ooh La La restaurant collage 04/09 La Piazza restaurant collage 05/09 The Tube restaurant collage 06/09 World of Color restaurant collage 07/09 Dragon Wind restaurant collage 08/09 Summertime Freeze at Castaway Cay image collage 09/09
RESTAURANTS

Hotels and restaurants – or at least the successful ones – are no longer places to sleep and eat. They’re pure theatre and powerful expressions of a corporate brand on a human scale.

 

Pro Tip: Napkins are great emergency sketch paper

CHARACTERS

My animation work was a priceless entry into my time as a creative director and consultant where I never forget that The Story reigns supreme.

 

Pro Tip: Drawing is like exercising and the sketchbook is your gym.

Critter Country character drawings 01/09 Tiki Room Bird drawings at Disney 02/09 Disney Mini Golf concept drawings 03/09 Duffy the Bear from Disney 04/09 Disney Fair concept character drawings 05/09 Disney Cruise character drawings by Joe Lanzisero 06/09 Disney Fair character concept drawings 07/09 Mid World character and costume concept drawings 08/09 Bear Town drawings by Joe Lanzisero for Zeitgeist USA 09/09

Featured UX Speaker

AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
ADD SOME MAGIC TO YOUR CONFERENCE
Actively involved in the UX world Joe is a sought after keynote speaker at conferences around the globe. His 40-year career creating unique experiences for Disney makes him a highlight on any speaker panel. Audiences instantly connect to Joe’s colorful presentations as he’s able to connect his unique insight into the magical world of Disney and Imagineering with the common challenges of designers. An engaging storyteller, Joe always leaves his audience with a sense of empowerment, a new perspective and of course a smile. Contact Joe for your next speaking engagement.

Blog Media & Podcast

THOUGHTS, ARTICLES & MORE
THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME

New Episode:  Sept 10, 2021. 12 Noon to 1PM PDT.

 

Set your time machines for the past . . . and the future! Zeitgeist Design + Production hosts  “The Spirit of the Time” Zoomcast — a bespoke live peer-to-peer interactive web-based talk show.

 

Celebrating the history and next generation of themed entertainment, “The Spirit of the Time” promises to share the philosophies, insights and industry tradecraft of the top creatives and executives who made or are making their mark in timeless and timely out-of-home entertainment projects all over the world.

Spirit of the Times live zoomcast hosted by Ryan Harmon and Joe Lanzisero Sept 10, 2021 at 12 noon.

Amazing Clients

OR AS I CALL THEM, FRIENDS

Testimonials

KIND WORDS FROM TALENTED FOLKS

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