Awards and Recognition

WDI Honored with Lean Construction Institute's Highest Annual Pioneer Award


At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, our strengths remain the creativity of our people, our embrace of innovation and our belief that nothing substitutes for quality. We continually push the boundaries of creativity and innovation and we are always looking for ways to take what we do and make it even better.Even as our Imagineers approach the design and construction of new parks, resorts, attractions, and offerings, they look to challenge the status quo.

As a result of their resourceful methods, we are pleased to share that Walt Disney Imagineering has recently received the Lean Construction Institute’s (LCI) Pioneer Award, LCI’s highest annual recognition. The award seeks to recognize an organization that has propelled the industry toward creative evolution by reducing waste and maximizing efficiency in the construction process.

"I am truly excited that we are extending this recognition to WDI for their many contributions to LCI and the Lean community,” said LCI Executive Director Dan Heinemeier, “There is no more influential voice in encouraging companies to pursue the Lean journey than that of the owner, and Disney’s outreach effort has been hugely effective in recruiting owner members to LCI and promoting industry transformation.”

Michael Bade, LCI Board Chairman, continued, “Disney has undertaken a no less pioneering role in its own Lean transformation efforts, introducing and implementing Lean principles on WDI projects both in the US and abroad. They have cultivated a community of lean‐savvy suppliers and employees, and freely shared lessons learned with national and international Lean communities."

The 2014 Pioneer Award was presented on October 8 at the 16th Annual Congress, LCI’s largest annual learning and networking event for the construction community.

Congratulations to Walt Disney Imagineering on the recognition for their hard work, collaboration and dedication to bringing innovative experiences to our parks.  


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