Fortunately, I had the opportunity to talk with Disney Legend Blaine Gibson when the original “Partners” statue was installed at Disneyland in 1993 and then later when the Roy O. Disney “Sharing the Magic” statue was placed in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom in October 1999. Gibson was the sculptor of both statues.
Who made the Walt Disney statue?
The Partners Statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. A former Disney animator and Imagineer, Blaine took one year to create the sculpture and based his depiction of Walt on a bust he originally created in the 1960s.
How old was the first person to fly across the castle as Tinkerbell?
Tinker Bell needs to be approximately between 4’11” and 5’2″ tall and weigh 105 pounds or less. Tiny Kline was the first Tinker Bell in Disneyland, flying over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in 1961. She was 4’10”, weighed 98 pounds, and being the daredevil she was, was 71 years old at the time!
How many branches are in the Swiss Family Treehouse tree?
The tree is, in fact, made of steel, coated in cement. These form the 1, 400 branches of the tree, which are decorated with 300, 000 plastic leaves, all of which had to be attached by hand.
Which country pavilion does not light up during IllumiNations Reflections of Earth?
Morocco doesn’t light up because the main “building” is a replica of the Katoubia Minaret (prayer tower) from Marrakesh. Because of its important religious significance, it is not lit up during IllumiNations (to light it up would, in fact, be demeaning).