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Posted: Oct. 10, 2008, 12:27 am Quote

You've got to take a look at this article Disney has put out about Walt Disney and the early days of Imagineering back when it was called WED: Walt's Sandbox: Walt and WED

Imagineers who worked with Walt share inside stories of what it was like when he'd show up announced, wanting to get his hands into everything, sometimes even accidentally messing up projects they were working on!

But Walt also could see hidden talents in those he brought over from the studios to be his Imagineers:
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Once the artists chosen for WED arrived, they were often put to work on projects unlike any they had encountered before. X Atencio tells a typical story. He had been an animator at the Studio until the day Walt called him up to his office and asked him to move over to WED. "I went over to WED," Atencio says, "and nobody over there seemed to know what I was supposed to do. About a month later, Walt called over and he says, 'I want you to do the script for the pirates ride.' I had never done scripting before, but I had done storyboarding at the animation end of it, so I said, 'OK.' I put on my pirate hat and I researched all the pirate stuff I could get hold of. The first thing I worked on was the auction scene, and when I was finished I sent it over to Walt. 'Fine,' he said, 'go right along.' So, I went with it.

And when the scripting was finished, I said to Walt, 'I have an idea for a song–a song would be real good in this.' I had a melody in mind and sang it for him–it started with a 'Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.' And Walt said, 'Hey, that's fine. Get Joey to do the music for it and we'll put it in the show.' I thought he was going to tell me to get the Sherman brothers to write the words, but he didn't. So after becoming a scriptwriter, I became a songwriter."


It's a loving article, filled with fun and great insight into what it would have been like to work alongside Walt Disney.

Take a look! There's an article to read and even videos.
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Posted: Oct. 10, 2008, 1:46 am Quote

Oh, wow,  Rich, thanks so much for posting that article!  I really enjoyed everything in that link! I love books and articles about Walt, how lucky we are that he was able to share his gift of imagination with us!  I have always been fascinated by the origins of the cartoons, the theme parks, Disneyland especially because it was so ahead of it's time!  I remember my Dad taking a trip to California when I was 8...I think it was the year after DL opened and he and his brother (who was a photogropher) went there...I already loved the feature length Disney movies, the cartoons, the Viewmaster...but the pictures my Dad brought back just really caught my interest and ever since I have been hooked! And I continue to be amazed by and appreciative of Walt's vision and the imagineers...and the fact that "it all started with a mouse!

Thanks again...I am so glad to have seen that! :thumbsup:


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Posted: Oct. 10, 2008, 11:21 am Quote

What a fascinating article!  I ended up following it to the next page describing reconstruction work on the Presidio.  I take it that it's going to be the home of the Disney Family Museum?

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Posted: Oct. 10, 2008, 11:26 am Quote

Yes, but in the San Francisco area -- not near Disneyland. Oh well, I've never been to San Francisco, so there's another California city for me to see!

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