On this episode of Blurred Radio, it’s John Dennis, Executive Creative Director of Music for Walt Disney Imagineering! John Dennis is responsible for the vision, creative development and production of new attraction music and theme park background music for all Disney parks around the world. Dennis also supervises the development of soundtracks for theme park films.
Currently, Dennis is the music supervisor and executive music producer for Shanghai Disneyland attractions and area background music, opening in 2016, the Iron Man Experience opening at Hong Kong Disneyland in late 2016, as well as attraction music for the new AVATAR themed area coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017.
Most recently, he served as music supervisor for the Jungle Cruise refresh at Tokyo Disneyland Park and the new one-of-its-kind attraction based on the Disney∙Pixar film Ratatouille at Disneyland Paris, both of which opened to guests in 2014.
Dennis also completed work on the music for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland and produced music for several New Fantasyland attractions at Magic Kingdom, including Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and Storybook Circus.
Prior to his current role, he was promoted to director, music production, in 2001 and oversaw music for two Tokyo DisneySea attractions, StormRider and the Magic Lamp Theater. The following year, his focus turned to a new Disney theme park, Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris Resort. John was responsible for the music of each of the park’s six attractions. In addition, he produced music for One Man’s Dream, a tribute to the 100th birthday of Walt Disney at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. In 2005, he served as the show producer and music supervisor for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Dennis’ work with Imagineering began in 1990 when he served as a production assistant and began working on Le Visionarium, a Circle-Vision 360 film for Disneyland Paris. As a post production and sound coordinator, he worked on Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and Ellen’s Energy Adventure, both for Epcot. In 1999, John was promoted to music/audio production supervisor with responsibility for all music and audio production for theme park films. In this role, he worked with Aerosmith during the creation of Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, a Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction that integrates the legendary rock band’s most popular songs with a thrill ride through Hollywood in a super-stretch limousine.
Prior to Imagineering, John worked at Walt Disney Pictures and Television, initially as a production intern during his senior year of college, and later as an assistant responsible for product placement in a number of Walt Disney Pictures films, including Pretty Woman, Turner & Hooch and Three Men and a Little Lady. He has also worked as an assistant to the producers of the feature film What’s Love Got To Do With It and assisted the president of the Krost/Chapin talent management agency.
John attended California State University, Los Angeles on an athletic scholarship, majoring in film and television. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. A resident of Pasadena, California, he enjoys swimming, wake and body surfing, golf, fishing and hiking.