Joseph "Joe" Rohde is a real world adventurer and Imagineer who worked at Walt Disney Imagineering.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearances and allusions
- 3 References
Disney Parks contributions
- Joe Rohde is the actor who portrays Harrison Hightower III in Tower of Terror, the Dreamfinder the imageworks film of the 2013 D23 expo, and Alexander Graham Bell in the American Adventure.
- Developed Aulani, New Fantasyland, the Norway Pavilion and Mexico Pavilion of World Showcase, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Captain EO.
"Joe" was a biologist and author well known for his eccentric earrings and dangling ears. He was seemingly affiliated with the quasi-immortal barkeep Trader Sam as when Sam obtained a tribal mask with similar earrings, he named it, "Joe". It is possible that Joe survived into the 22nd century and had some connection to the Pandora Conservation Initiative on the alien moon of Pandora.
Appearances and allusions
Most allusions to Rohde in the Disney Parks do not refer to him specifically as a character in the Parks mythos.
Africa (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Rhode's handprints are inside the Pandora Conservation Initiative's base in this attraction. These handprints are alongside those of fellow adventurer and filmmaker James Cameron and film producer Jon Landau.
Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission BREAKOUT!
In the office of the Collector's fortress is a book by Rohde titled, "Migration Patterns of Earth's Avifauna".
There are two books by Hotel Hightower owner Harrison Hightower III in the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, MINE!, Treasures of the Animal Kingdom,and Everest Expedition: Search for the Yeti. These are both tributes to Disney's Animal Kingdom which Rohde worked on.