Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Window Dressing

When Walt Disney and his Imagineers (or WDI or WED) were creating Disneyland, they all left their own imprints.  Many of them left their names, initials, birthdays, etc... in the park, while others were honored in another way that most people walking down Main Street, U.S.A. won't notice their first... dozen trips to any Disney Park. With an 18 month old, I have yet to take pictures of every window, but I've found a few in particular that I liked (or wanted to research the references), so today, I'll share just a few with you!

Starting from the Main Street Train Station: 
Walt Disney World
Railroad Office
Keeping Dreams on Track
Walter E. Disney
Chief Engineer

Another one for Walt that I noticed for the first time on our most recent trip - 
Overlooking the Castle and the Hub (above the Plaza restaurant, I think):
Walter E. Disney
Graduate School of Design & Master Planning
Headmaster - Richard Irvine
Dean of Design - John Hench
Instructors - Howard Brummitt, Marvin Davis, Fred Hope, Vic Greene, Bill Martin, Chuck Myall

These men were all planners in different sort - several of them (linked) were Disney legends.  Oddly, I've found several sites that label the instructor "Edward Brummitt," but my 20/15 vision most definitely reads Howard Brummitt, so I'm not sure why everyone says Edward!

Walking down *actually - we were riding on the horse drawn carriage* Main Street, U.S.A.
Buena Vista Magic Lanterns Slides
Treat Your Friends To Our Special Tricks
Yale Gracy
Bud Martin
Ken O'Brien
Wathel Rogers

This window honors the special effects group for WDI - Yale Gracy is also honored as "Master Gracey" with a tombstone at the Haunted Mansion as well as many other of the men in these windows!

Hope that's enough to spark your interest!  I'll add more over the next several weeks!

If you've got additional information, pictures, or anything else you want to share, feel free to comment below, at facebook, or find me on twitter!


  1. I love looking at the windows on Main Street. I love the photos. I can't wait to see more. :)

  2. Love the article! I would love to take time to take in more of the samll details but with the kids in tow I have not been able too thus far on my past trips. One day I will. can't wait to read more!

  3. That's such a nice way to honour those who helped create such a magical place!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Wow! That's pretty cool! I'm ashamed to say I've never noticed this in Dlp but I'll be sure to look closer next time! :P

  5. I knew about the windows and wanted to photograph every one of them, but alas, with kids pulling me in each direction I hardly noticed each window much less got a photo of them all (whew, what a run on!). Thanks for sharing yours!