The SUBlime Tony Baxter and Marty SKlar are interviewed in the current Winter '07 issue of Disneyland Backstage Pass. As the story goes, Baxter worked the attraction in 1969. He attended the Submarine Voyage'a opening in 1959. Apparently with a heavy heart, TB took a final ride in 1998,when it rode into the abyss.
The Senior VP of Creative Development for WDI went to bat for the subs three times. In fear of striking out, he kept his eye on the ball and scored a homer. For a large part, It is Tony Baxter's tenasity that we can credit for the return of the new version of the ride.
"Imagineer Ambassador" Marty SKlar affirmed that the structural integrity of the subs will allow them a lifetime of another 40 or 50 years. This is beacause they were engineered right to begin with...with thick steel hulls like real naval submarines. The Executive VP attributes the stealthy, nearly unsinkable subs To Disneyland's original head builder, Rear Admiral Joe Fowler, U.S.N. Retired...along with Bob Gurr on account of the drawings that Gurr rendered.
MS indulges us with a most interesting factoid. Imagineers Baxter and SKlar are as uniquely diverse as the magical park...where the spirit of Walt remains vital and alive with inspiration. Like the founder, each are like little bees buzzing about, taking their own sweet time...creating happiness. Perhaps, this goes a long way toward accounting for their impeccable durability.