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Who Were the Designers?
I am curious about who did the architecture for the attractions at WDW. The architects are never listed. For instance, who designed Space Mountain, the international pavilions at Epcot, Spaceship Earth, Sleeping Beauty's Castle,etc. ?
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I think that Uncle Walt(WED) used Welton Beckett & Associates to design the Carousel of Progress & Progressland as well as the Ford Motor "Magic Skyway" at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair but I don't know if he also used them as architects at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. No website lists the architects/designers. "The Living Seas" and the "The World of Energy" with the mirrored facade have beautiful designs.
Many of the designs are attributed to "the imagineers" and are team efforts. You might enjoy these books on the subject:
Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show, by John Hench (Imagineer who designed Space Mountain and many others)
Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance, edited by Karal Ann Marling
Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, by The Imagineers
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I was going to recommend those books - in particular, The Architecture of Reassurance which is simply a great book.
The Imagineers' book is also really good. You may be able to find them at your local library, or have them get them via interlibrary loan. They are simply amazing and have lots of info.
The people who designed nearly everything in the parks are the "Imagineers" and it is intentional that they don't get individual public recognition as they are part of a huge team and don't want to detract from the experience. Imagineers sometimes sneak "hidden mickeys" in to attractions to leave a little mark of their own. Other times, they drop in their initials or birthdate to the themeing, such as in Seabase Alpha at the living seas, where serial numbers on crates and pipes are Imagineer's initials and birthdays. Mouseplanet has a page with a list of some of the hidden tributes to Imagineers.
The original Imagineers were people Walt hand-picked who worked on his films - animators and designers and technicians and engineers - to work on his "Disney Land" idea. It grew from there.
I once again suggest the books above (I just pulled them off my coffee table to glance at them again)
Imagineering.org also has some more info, but really you want to check out those books
MousePlanet will have a series later this year by former Imagineer George McGinnis, about the design and construction of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. I've seen about half of the WDW story so far. It's going to be very good.