Jack Gladish worked as an engineer, responsible for submarines, dinosaurs, railroad locomotives and much more. Attractions include the “Carousel of Progress,” “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” and much more. During his career he headed the plastics and fiberglass shops at the MAPO department of Walt Disney Imagineering.
:56 How he got his start with Disney in the late ‘50s; Precision camera machinist, including work on the multi-plane camera; Mary Poppins’ robin for “Spoonful of Sugar”
3:06 Audio Animatronics; Abraham Lincoln’s head, including tongue, smile and expressions; Programming the movements;
9:50 The atmosphere at WED; Walt Disney; Walt making money
14:00 Roger Broggie; Troubleshooting at Disneyland; skins for Jungle Cruise animals; problem with zebra stripes
18:02 Railroad locomotives and submarines for the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World; how we became stationed permanently in Florida
21:12 World’s Fair; Primeval World; Carousel of Progress
Goofy was celebrated throughout Disney in 1992, including The World According to Goofy parade at Disneyland. Above are a few of the photos I took of the parade. The lavish parade represented Goofy in various settings including the Italian “Renais-sauce,” “Egyptian Daze” and running for president of the United States. I’d vote for him!
Enjoy this slide show of photos of Wally Boag! Listen to the interview directly under the photos.
Wally Boag starred in Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue stage show from 1955 to 1982. During that time, some of his other contributions include appearing in some of Walt Disney’s movies, entertaining the troops in Iceland, performing in a Walt Disney stage show at Radio City Music Hall, writing Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room attraction and providing the voice of that show’s emcee macaw, Jose.
2:35 His start in showbiz
9:26 Donald Novis; Golden Horseshoe Revue audition for Walt Disney
11:59 Fulton Burley; writing Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room; under contract with MGM; bring Fulton to the Horseshoe
14:03 History of “spitting out teeth” as Pecos Bill
16:33 More about the Tiki Room and writing for WED (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering); the Tiki Room in Tokyo Disneyland; the barker bird in Disneyland; his involvement in the Haunted Mansion
19:43 Stunt double for Fred MacMurray in the Absent-Minded Professor
Here’s a rarity from my collection. That’s Wally Boag, star of Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue with Hollywood legend Pat O’Brien. At this newsstand in Disneyland, guests could purchase “The Disneyland News” newspapers, and get their name personalized in the headline! By the way, I’ll be posting an interview I did with Wally very soon!
Back in the ’80s when I was working at Disney TV Animation, a wonderful artist gave me a collection of photos including the above. They depict Walt Disney returning to the Kansas City Art Institute in 1963, a school he attended as a child, to receive a Distinguished Alumnus award.
In this newspaper clipping, 1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner is seen inside the all-new Adventure Thru Inner Space, giving a tour to John Gillis, vice president of Monsanto Company, the sponsor of the attraction.
I had the chance to talk with Marcia, and I will be posting that conversation very soon!
I’ve always paid attention and loved the details of the Disney resorts. In fact, with my wife, Shani, and the assistance of the Disney Company, I did two books focusing on the details in Disneyland. The new Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is filled with wonderfully whimsical details and beautiful art. Just look at this photo I took of the Dumbo ride! In addition to Dumbo’s mother and Mr. Stork, can you spot the peanut and the feather?
Kathryn Beaumont was a child actress at MGM and went on to voice Alice and Wendy in Walt Disney’s animated versions of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” respectively
1:00 After recording the voice for the films, Kathryn filmed live action versions of the live action footage of the films for the artists’ reference, the live action reference process including lip syncing the voice
4:08 Filming the “tea party” sequence for Alice in Wonderland with Jerry Colona and Ed Wynn, and scheduling around Kathryn’s schooling
6:08 A unique visit with Walt Disney and some Japanese dignitaries, and Walt’s small train