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Monday, October 16, 2017

Design: Those Were The Times

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.11 – 1969 Walt Disney World Tram Design

Disney legend Bob Gurr is famous for making things move. He invented the Autopia, Monorail, Main Street Vehicles, and at least one behemoth . Today, he has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on a...

Introducing Bob Gurr’s DESIGN: Those Were The Times

EDITORS NOTE: We are delighted to introduce you to a new MiceChat column from a name that almost all of you know, Bob Gurr. And if you aren't familiar with the name, you've absolutely...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.5 – 1937 Grand Central Air Terminal the...

Legendary Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr, has set the Wheel of Years spinning once again. Wherever the red arrow points is where today's story will start. Let's see what Bob has in store The Wheel of...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.10 – 1956 Herb Ryman

We have a very special article from famed Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr, today.  He has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on 1956 and his time with legendary Disney artist, Herb Ryman. You...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.7 – 1942 Living in Wartime What Was it...

Bob has once again spun the Wheel of Years and this time it has stopped at 1942. WAR! Just two months after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, war began to take...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.28 – 1956 Disneyland Animals Before Animatronics

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 1956, so here we go. In the years before Disneyland's attractions were able to use Audio-Animatronic figures, both human and animal, animations were very rudimentary. A few still exist along...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.24 1943 Movie Stars and Paper Routes

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 1943, so here we go. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, tries to convince author P.L.Travers to allow Disney to make...

Design Those Were The Times #4: 1951 Ward Kimball’s Fire Engine, My Fire Engine...

The Wheel of Years has been sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year - that's where we'll start. The tale can flow forward or backward, flow...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.2 – Meet Roger Broggie Sr.

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 1954, so here we go. Shortly after I began making design sketches at home for Disneyland's Autopia Car, I received an early Saturday morning call; "Gurr, do you draft?" - sleepily...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.21 – Bob Spaced Out with Virgin Galactic

Up, up, and away! Bob visits Virgin Galactic and learns what it's like to reach for the stars.  He gets the royal treatment and tours their top secret facility. Today's Wheel of Years stopped at...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.14 – 1959 Modern Air Travel

Let's go up, up and away with Disney Legend Bob Gurr as he takes us back to the Golden Age of Air Travel. Yes, there really was a time when folks dressed up to...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 12 – 1991 Fast Wireframe Design

Want to know how Disney Imagineering works? Disney legend, Bob Gurr, takes us back to his days working at Disneyland. He has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on 1991 to talk about...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.23 1955 Arrow Development – Ed...

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 1955. Most Disneyland fans typically assume that all Disneyland attractions have always been designed by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), and also manufactured and installed by Disney's own...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.6 – 1966 Walt Disney: Curious Salesman

Bob Gurr, Disney legend and fan favorite, has set the Wheel of Years spinning once again. Wherever the red arrow points is where today's story will start. Let's see what fantastic story Bob has...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.26 1937 School Days – Then and Now

Beloved Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, shares his memories of school days past and compares them to today. We think you'll agree, this story is priceless.   Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 1937, and off...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.29: Parallel Genius – Walt Disney and Kelly Johnson

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 2014, so here we go. While folding newspapers for my Studio City California Hollywood Citizens-News paper route in 1944, a screaming roar approached me. A jet plane, the...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.16 1955 Early Disneyland Managers

Let's go back to early Disneyland history with Imagineering legend Bob Gurr as he takes us on a journey to the inaugural year of Walt's original Magic Kingdom. There are many unsung heroes responsible for...

Design: Those were the Times No. 13 – 1955 Surviving Toxic Living

Disney legend, Bob Gurr, proves the point that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Or does it? Journey back to the toxic 1950's with a survivor of better living through chemistry. Today's Wheel of...

Design: Those Were The Times No. 25 – Garner Holt Student Enrichment

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 2014, so here we go. The DESIGN: Those Were The Times story No. 25 published in MiceChat January 8, 2014 told of the transition of Disney's themed manufacturing operation...