Monday, June 28, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Virtual, Registration Required

Herb Ryman Stories & Art Series:

Herb Ryman as Mentor, A Conversation with Tim Delaney, Andrea Favilli and Tom Morris

Moderated by Don Morin

Monday, June 28, 2021 at 5 PM PDT

It is Herb Ryman’s birthday! 

In celebration, you are invited to a lively conversation with former Imagineers Tim Delaney, Andrea Favilli and Tom Morris as they share stories of working with Herb, the unique role Ryman played  in the early days of WED, and lessons learned along the way.

Often described as an inspiring mentor to other artists, Herb Ryman influenced generations of artists at Disney and beyond with his talent, exuberant spirit, curiosity, and encouragement of younger artists. 

Guests can join in the conversation during the Q & A.

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Tim Delaney, Panelist

Tim is the President of Tim J. Delaney Design Inc., a creative company of designers who develop, design, and build projects throughout the world. After spending five years working on Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland, he has spent the last eight years in his own company working on several projects throughout Asia, developing concepts for theme parks, shopping centers, and attractions.

Tim Delaney graduated with Honors from Art Center College of Design in 1972, achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Design.

In 1976, Tim began his 34-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Tim was the Creative Director and Producer that led his teams in the design and construction of Disney theme parks projects throughout the world. With over $2.5 billion of completed projects that extend from California to Orlando, to Paris, France to Hong Kong and Shanghai, Tim has led his teams by taking them from the preliminary concept phases through construction to the opening days of the projects.

The key to Tim’s success has been his ability to create unique concepts and ideas as well as illustrate them. Tim’s skills as an artist have been instrumental in the success of the Disney projects he has created.  Art Center College of Design was key in the development of Tim’s skills as an artist and creative designer, skills that he uses every day in his professional life.


Andrea Favilli, Panelist

Andrea attended Art Center College of Design and graduated with honors in 1986. His formative education began as a child growing up in Rome—drawing, painting, and sculpting—under the tutelage of his father Aldo Favilli, a motion picture art director at Cinecittà Studios. Andrea has an extensive background as a creative strategist, entertainment tourism designer and accomplished artist.

Andrea was recruited by Martin Sklar to work at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) as a lead concept designer. At WDI, he had the good fortune to work alongside various legendary Disney artists, including Ken Anderson and Claude Coats; and was mentored by the venerable Herb D. Ryman and master show producer Robert Jani, who helped shape his philosophy of creativity, storytelling, design and showmanship. During his time there, he contributed to projects around the world including Disneyland, The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Typhoon Lagoon, the Walt Disney Studios, Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.

In 1992, Andrea established Favilli Studio (FS), and continued to expand his range of experience as a creative strategist and principal designer for projects in North America, Europe and Asia. Clients include Klaus Schwab, founder of The World Economic Forum (DAVOS), The Walt Disney Company, Roy E. Disney, WATG, Rosewood Resorts & Hotels, Gensler, Sol Kerzner & Sun International, The Jack Morton Company, Universal Creative, Bass Pro Shops, Israel By the Sea, Mercury Radio Arts, Mercury One, Cinecitta Studios, Snowbird, King, Shaikh Hamad bin Asi Al Khalifa (Kingdom of Bahrain),  Professor Bihu (Tiger) Wu of Peking University, Changzhou Dinosaur Kingdom, Wanda and Zhonghong Holdings.

Not known to publicly endorse any other company besides his, Roy E. Disney (who worked with Andrea and his wife Camille for over 20 years) had this say about their company: "FS's design sense, expertise of craft and artistic pedigree are most impressive and would prove a great asset to whomever they work with."

The fuel for Andrea’s creativity is his love of the outdoors, ultra-running and adventure, which has taken up many mountains on five continents and spurred him upon a quest to climb the Seven Summits. He has summited five to date in Africa, Russia, South America, North America, and Antarctica.


Thomas K. Morris, Panelist

As one of the Creative Development leaders at Walt Disney Imagineering for many years, Tom K. Morris was responsible for overseeing many new ideas and attraction concepts, more recently as creative director for the all-new Cars Land, which opened June 2012 at Disney's California Adventure.

He began his Disney career in 1973 as a teenager, working with a third-party lessee at Disneyland. He transferred to Disneyland Operations and worked as an Attractions Host for such Tomorrowland attractions as Submarine Voyage, Autopia, and Space Mountain. Moving to Walt Disney Imagineering, his first assignment was Journey Into Imagination for Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida. After its completion in 1982, Tom returned from Florida and worked on numerous proposals and concepts for Disneyland expansion projects, including Videopolis, Splash Mountain, Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure.

Beginning in 1987, he provided creative direction for teams of artists and engineers as Show Producer for the development of Fantasyland and Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle) in the theme park at Disneyland Resort Paris. Following the opening of the park in 1992, he assumed responsibility for the development of 10 new attractions there and provided on-going creative direction to the local division of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Starting in 1995, Tom was part of the conceptual team that developed DisneyQuest, a new concept in interactive family entertainment at Walt Disney World. At that time he also had a hand in the development of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida. He then transitioned onto the Hong Kong Disneyland project where he led the creative development of the first phase of the theme park, which opened in September 2005.


Don Morin, Moderator

Don Morin is the founder, producer and host of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet™ events for fans of all things Disney, hosting over 500 guests at an annual event near Seattle, Washington and has earned the reputation as the BEST fan event in the country.

Don is also a working voiceover talent, producer of events including performing as interviewer, host and master of ceremonies. Don currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ryman Arts.