2012 Roger Broggie, Jr.

Walt Disney Imagineering was the training ground for Roger Broggie, Jr., who became a precision machinist in the machine shop at Walt Disney Productions in the late 1950s.

 

Over the next four decades, he accumulated skills and experience that led him to a series of assignments with Disney. His early achievements include developing and building the first AudioAnimatronic figures, for The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. He was a key member of the team of Imagineers who created the four Disney-produced attractions for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York: Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, It’s a Small World, the Carousel of Progress and the Primordial World diorama. All four were subsequently installed at Disneyland. He was the lead on the development and installation of the AudioAnimatronic figures in Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.  Among his projects for Walt Disney World, Roger -- who was then a member of Mapo Inc. -- supervised the construction of the steam trains for the Fort Wilderness Railroad. 

 

After he left Disney, Roger teamed with two former Imagineers to create The Only Animated Display and Design Company, which contracted assignments from Disney, Universal and amusement parks and attractions.  He also held management positions with several design and development firms in the motion picture, amusement and enter-tainment industries. Among his assignments, he was commissioned by Walt’s family to build a model of the Lilly Belle for Disneyland. The model is now displayed in a glass case at the Main Street train station.

 

Roger’s son, Garry, has worked for Disney for over 30 years and, as the current head of the studio’s machine shop, holds the same position that his grandfather held over seven decades ago.

 

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