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Disney's Windows - part 12
A set designer with a degree in architecture, Richard “Dick” Irvine joined the studio iin 1942 and was chosen by Walt in 1953 to act as a liaison with the outside architectural firms hired to design Disney land Park. He recruited motion-picture art directors Marvin Davis and Bill Martin to assist in developing preliminary concepts for Walt’s proposed park. Supervising artists, architects, engineers, and designers, Dick was Walt’s key conduit to the creative team of Imagineers. He also oversaw the planning and designing of Walt’s World Resort as WED’s vice president of design.
ROBERT F. JANI
Initially the head of Disneyland Park Guest relations department from 1955 to 1957, Bob Jani left the company for ten years, to return in 1967 as director of entertainment. He eventually became vice president of entertainment for Disney Land Park and Walt Disney World Resort. For Walt Disney World Resort, he oversaw the Resort’s opening events and created the Electrical Water Pageant. Bob’s most notable achievement was the Main Street Electrical Parade, which he conceived as a morale booster for Disney land park cast members after the opening of Walt Disney World resort.
Fred Joerger was hired in 1953 as a model builder, with his first Disney Land Park model being the Mark Twain steamboat. He became the company’s resident “rock expert”, designing all the rockwork and waterfalls for Jungle cruise attraction and Swiss Family Tree House in Walt Disney World resort, and the atrium waterfall and the original swimming pool for Disney’s Polynesian resort. For both Disney Land Park and Walt Disney World resort, Fred created the rocky facades for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Attraction. He also contributed to the Haunted Mansion Attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction, and Tom Sawyer Island. The “Daughter land Modeling Agency heading in his Walt Disney World Resort window refers to the fact that the WED model shop was populated with many daughters of WED and Disney executives during the 1960’s especially during school summer vacation.
An expert of programming Audio-Animatronics Figures, Bill Justice started as an animator for the studio in 1937. His artistic talent can be seen in the Sleeping Beauty paintings in the King Arthur Carousel in Disney land Park. In 1965 he went to work for WED, where his first assignments was programming the Audio-Animatronics Figures for Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction.
For Walt Disney World Resort, Bill was art director for Peter Pan’s flight Attraction in Fantasy Land Area and programmed the figures for the Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree Show, and the Mickey Mouse Revue, which he also conceived, Bill designed the floats and costumes for the Disney Land Park Christmas parade in 1959, and also he made the initial sketches for the Main Street Electrical parade.
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