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DISNEYS WINDOWS part 4

Here are but a few to read about , Windows of Walt Disney World:

BUDDY BAKER

Buddy Baker began his Disney career in 1954, when his former student at Los Angeles City College, Composer George Bruns, needed help arranging music for the TV show Davy Crockett. When Bruns grew tired of writing music for the park, he gave the assignments to Buddy, who would go on to compose he music for the Haunted Mansion Attraction and write the orchestrations for ‘’it’s a small world’’, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr Lincoln, the Hall of Presidents, and if you Had Wings. Buddy came out of retirement to supervise the music for Epcot where he personally arranged the music for seven attractions: Universe of Energy, The American Adventure, World of Motion, Kitchen Kabaret, and Listen to the Land, and the films Wonders of China and Impressions de France.

TONY BAXTER

Tony Baxter began his Disney career at Disneyland Park in 1965, where he was a sweeper, ice-cream become a WED model designer and was a member of the on-site Walt Disney World resort design team for the resort’s opening in 1971, where his involvement was on Snow White’s Scary Adventures and 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea. An ‘’idea guy’’, Tony is responsible for many great Disney theme park attraction concepts, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Attraction, Star Tours, Indiana Jones Adventure, Tarzan’s Tree house, and Splash Mountain, which he conceived while in a traffic jam on his way to Disneyland Park. He also was the show producer for the original Journey into Imagination in Epcot. The Camelot Corp heading in his window refers to Orlando’s Camelot apartments, where many California transplants lived while working on Walt Disney World Resort.

MARY BLAIR

Mary Blair is best known as the designer and colour stylist for the ‘’it’s a small world’’ Attraction. She was hired in 1940 as an artist in the story department, to add more stylistic visuals to the Studio’s animated films, and Walt called on her to help out with ‘’it’s a small world’’ for the 1964-1965 New York’s World’s Fair. For Walt Disney World resort, Mary assisted with designing the Grand Concourse in Disney’s Contemporary resort, where she created the colourful nine-story-high tiled mural in which she jokingly included a five-legged goat.

HANK DAINS

Hank Dains was hired into the Studio’s drapery department in June of 1955 before transitioning to Disneyland Park in 1964, where he was a key figure in creating the Park’s decorating department.

His division maintained attraction show scenes and parade floats, decorated the interiors of the Resort hotel rooms, and decked out Main Street, U. S. A. Area in Disneyland Park for Christmas. He transferred to Walt Disney world resort after its opening. Dains is legendary for preventing after-hours Christmas disasters. He fixed the Christmas tree in Disneyland Park in three days when it was significantly damaged. When the tree in Walt Disney World resort was snapped in half by high winds, he topped his earlier achievement by completely un-decorating the tree, rejoining the two pieces with a metal brace, and re-decorating it in time for the Park’s opening the next morning!

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