On Feb. 16, 1962, senior animator Marc Davis moved from Walt Disney Feature Animation to a new side of the company: WED Enterprises, who was tasked with designing Walt Disney’s new theme park. This move would prove to be an important one.
After more than 30 years of animating Disney feature films, Davis would become one of Disney’s most renowned Imagineers. During his time with WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering), Davis was the driving force behind some of Disney’s most iconic attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world,” Jungle Cruise, Country Bear Jamboree, and more.
In a new, two-volume book written by Pete Docter (chief creative officer of Pixar, director of “Up,” “Inside Out”) and Christopher Merritt (writer and WDI’s lead show designer for Tokyo DisneySea’s upcoming Frozen attraction), readers will find Davis’ work from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, featuring more than 1,500 pieces from the Imagineering archives – most of which has never been published.
In addition, many of Davis’ stories of working with Walt and his design theories are included in his own words, as well as hours of interviews by Merritt.
“Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks” is available now wherever books are sold.