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2007 Maggie Irvine Elliott and Jim Elliott
After graduating from high school, Maggie Irvine Elliott spent the summer working at WED Enterprises, where her father, Dick Irvine, was heading up the design and building of Walt Disney World. She was assigned to the model shop, where her first assignment was the feathering and finishing of tiki birds for the Magic Kingdom’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Her other assignments varied from painting dark-ride figures, to making costumes for the Mickey Mouse Revue, to painting scenery and props for the Haunted Mansion. At the end of the summer, Maggie became a full-time employee in the model shop. In 1978, Maggie was promoted to manager of the model shop. She was responsible for hiring and managing the staff that could handle constructing the models and the building of scenery, props, and figure finishing for EPCOT Center and for Tokyo Disneyland. In 1984, Maggie was promoted to director of creative administration. She managed all of the departments in the creative division and held that position until she was promoted to vice president, and then senior vice president, of creative administration. In each promotion, Maggie was the first woman in Imagineering management. She retired in 1994.
Jim Elliott started work at WED Enterprises (now Imagineering) in 1960 in the blueprint room. He transferred to the model shop as a model builder, and worked on the four Disney attractions for the 1964 New York World’s Fair He also worked on Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Jim worked on many of the shows and attractions for the Magic Kingdom, and was heavily involved in the show installation. One of his major installation jobs was to direct the construction and finishing of the Swiss Family Treehouse. During the design and marketing of EPCOT Center, Jim spent many hours on the road setting up exhibits to talk with potential sponsors. Jim left WED in 1978 to start his own business, but he continued to do work for Disney. His firm built the animation for the bird and the robot show in the World of Motion pavilion at EPCOT Center, and worked on fabricating the Enchanted Tiki Room for Tokyo Disneyland. Jim spent nine months in Japan overseeing the fabrication of Astro Zone and Pan Galactic Pizza in Tomorrowland.