On the Friday before the weekend of Destination D 2012 in California, my uncle and I spent a few hours in the parks riding the rides and having a good time. We decided we would jump on the Indiana Jones Adventure because the line was short at the moment. When the ride was over, we began to exit the attraction. When we turned the last corner and were about to pass the film prop jeep from Raiders of the Lost Ark, who should almost run into us but Imagineer Tony Baxter himself!!
Along with a few fellow imagineers, Tony appeared to be checking up on something in regards to the attraction. My uncle yelled out, “Hey Tony!” He turned around and waved and gave a brief “Hello!” back at us. I just stood there dumbfounded with my mouth hanging open at what had just occurred. Running into Tony Baxter in Disneyland is on just about the same coolness level as running into Uncle Walt himself in his beloved park!!
A couple of days later I got to spend a few moments talking with Tony and snapping a photo with him prior to the Alan Menken performance that night. It was an experience I’ll never forget!
– Dean, 19, Flagstaff, AZ
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