2007 Richard "Dick" Irvine

In 1952, Walt Disney hired art director Richard “Dick” Irvine away from 20th Century Fox to act as liaison between Disney and an architectural firm that was being considered for designing Disneyland. After a few preliminary meetings with the architects, however, Dick was convinced that motion-picture artists, art directors and technicians could produce an outstanding theme park. And so Walt formed what is now known as Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). In launching the world's first theme park, Dick helped establish and lead the new team of artists, architects, designers and engineers, known as Imagineers. Until his retirement in 1973, Dick headed design and planning for all Disneyland attractions, ranging from the Haunted Mansion to Pirates of the Caribbean. He also guided creation of attractions featured at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, including It's A Small World. Dick went on to help shape the master plan and attractions at Walt Disney World and, in 1967, was appointed executive vice president and chief operations officer of WED Enterprises (Walt Disney Imagineering). Dick Irvine died on March 30, 1976, in Los Angeles.
 

Richard "Dick" Irvine

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