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DISNEY S WINDOWS part 8

CARD WALKER

E. Cardon Walker started in the Studio mailroom in 1938 and later held positions in marketing, operations, and advertising, and he was also involved In the Florida land acquisition for the Walt Disney World Resort. After Walt Disney died in 1966, Walker became Executive Vice President and in 1971 when Roy Disney died, he became President. In November 1976 he took over Chief Executive Officer Duties, he was the leader in taking EPCOT from dream to reality. The “Licensed Practitioner of Psychiatry and Justice of the peace” mention in his window refers to a CEO’s need to have psychiatric powers to keep his organizations diverse talents moving in the same direction, ensuring that justice is done and peace is maintained. As a top Disney executive, Walker played a major part in the early development of Walt Disney World in Florida.

X ATENCIO

X Atencio, started his Disney career in 1938 as an animation in-between before transferring to WED in 1965, where Walt asked him to write the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction. A writing novice at the time, X also wrote the lyrics for the attractions song. “Yo Ho (A pirates life for me)”, teaming up with Studio composer George Bruns. X’s voice is used in the Attraction as that of the talking skull and crossbones. He later wrote the script for the Haunted Mansion Attraction and its song, “Grimm Grinning Ghosts”, this time teaming with composer Buddy Baker. For Walt Disney World Resort, he contributed to Space Mountain and if you had Wings in the Magic Kingdom Park, and Spaceship Earth, World of Motion, and the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot.

ROGGER BROGGIE

Roger Broggie was hired by Walt in 1939 to maintain the camera equipment at the original Hyperion Avenue animation studio. Named head of the Studio’s machine shop in 1950, he was recruited to WED in 1952 by Walt to head the development of ride, mechanical, and show systems for Disneyland Park. Audio-animatronics, Circle-vision, 360 films, and show systems for Disneyland Park monorail were all developed under Roger’s leadership. For Walt Disney World resort, he directed the design and construction of the World Disney World Railroad, and Skyway (since removed), WED way People mover (now the Tomorrow land Transit Authority), and the monorail. One of the trains of the Walt Disney World Railroad is named in his honour.

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