From Horizons to Space Mountain: The Life of a Disney by George McGinnis, Bob McLain, Bob Gurr

By George McGinnis, Bob McLain, Bob Gurr

Walt Disney's ultimate Imagineer

Walt employed George McGinnis in 1966, and instantaneously George chanced on himself in layout conferences together with his new boss. For the subsequent 3 many years, George contributed to such high-profile tasks because the new monorails, Epcot's Horizons, and area Mountains.

Working along Disney luminaries like Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and John Hench, George introduced his specific historical past as an business clothier to the construction of the Mark V and Mark VI monorails, and lots more and plenty of Disneyland and Walt Disney World's area Mountains. His notion artwork, frequently started at the again of napkins, motivated the ultimate glance of many subject matter park attractions.

George writes intimately of his Imagineering paintings; his interactions with Walt and plenty of of the company's Imagineers, engineers, and artists; and his occupation after Disney, which incorporated the layout of trolleys for billionaire genuine property developer Rick Caruso's upscale California communities.

But George's center and soul went into one charm not in lifestyles: Horizons. because the supervisor of Disney's business layout division, liable not only for Horizons yet for different Epcot sights, George takes readers really behind the curtain in the course of what many enthusiasts contemplate Epcot's golden age.


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They assured us we had not been arrested, merely detained, and they would send us our film. Sure. I have always loved photography and we have hundreds (if not thousands) of prints and slides to prove it. I’m the family photographer who always said “just one more picture”. Now, of course, most everything is digital. My kids can snap a picture with their phones faster than I can change the settings on my Nikon. And Baby Makes Three, Four, and Five Our first child was a full-term little boy who, sadly, was stillborn.

It was the first true submarine, a nuclear-powered ship that made history on August 3, 1958, when it sailed under the North Pole. John was on that ship. The camaraderie among his fellow shipmates lasted for many years. The Project That Got Me the Job My senior project at the Art Center was a working model of a high-speed transportation system. It was detailed and technical and the night before it was due I knew that even working all night would not give me enough time to finish it before the deadline.

At the church I met some people who were part of the Holyland Bible Knowledge Society in Los Angeles. I studied the Bible there and volunteered wherever needed, including leading tours of the Bible museum, teaching the Bible in area churches—and designing floats. At the time, Disneyland permitted outside groups to participate in its annual Christmas Parade. I enjoyed designing and constructing floats for that parade, never dreaming that one day Walt Disney would be my boss. One of the people I met at Hollywood Presbyterian was Steve Hopkins who invited me to attend the single adult group at a Presbyterian Church in Glendale.

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