Welcome to those of you joining me from Rolling with the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
When the topic of Disney Legends first came up for this month's Magical Blogorail Blue, I immediately jumped to one that has always stuck with me - Francis Xavier Atencio. X Atencio, as he is most well known, started working at Disney as an animator, where he worked on one of my favorites, Fantasia!
In 1965, Walt asked X to work for Imagineering, then known as WED Enterprises, to assist on some Disneyland projects, specifically, the Primeval World diorama. Walt tapped into X's "untapped hidden talents" by asking him to write music - X Atencio, the man who started his career as an animator, wrote Yo-Ho, the song from Pirates of the Caribbean!
I love how Disney honors the Disney Legends, with little mementos throughout the parks. Take those infamous epitaphs over at the Haunted Mansion - those are based on the Imagineers that helped create the attraction!
X Atencio not only helped with the theming of the Haunted Mansion, but he can even be heard in two separate places - once coming out of the grave "get me out of here" and at the end of the attraction, leading you where to go! Also, his musical skills can also be heard in the attraction, as he co-wrote Grim Grinning Ghosts, the song heard throughout the attraction!
Many of the Imagineers have specially dedicated Windows along Main Street, U.S.A. Francis Xavier Atencio has a Window of Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland!
The Musical Quill
Lyrics and Librettos
by X. Atencio
For more uncovered tombstone, windows, and trivia, check out my section on trivia! And for more Disney Legends, continue on with this month's Magical Blogorail Blue!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is My Pixie Dust Diary.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
2nd Stop ~ Rolling with the Magic - Dorothea Redmond
**3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog - X Atencio
4th Stop ~ My Pixie Dust Diary - Lee Cockerell
Final Stop ~ Disney Nouns - Floyd Norman