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Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Bob Gurr

posted on March 21st, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park


“If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it,” said Bob Gurr, retired Imagineer and Disney Legend. In his Disney career of nearly 40 years, he helped develop more than 100 designs for vehicles ranging from turn-of-the-century Main Street vehicles, sleek bobsleds for the Matterhorn, the cars of Autopia, the futuristic Monorail and more.

Since his youth, Bob was fascinated with tools, mechanical devices and cars. His association with Disney began in 1954, when he was asked to consult on the design of Autopia ride vehicles. Walt Disney was so impressed with Bob’s knowledge and skill that he invited him to join WED Enterprises, today known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Bob went on to design one-of-a-kind vehicles, versions of which are now in use at every Disney theme park resort property around the world. He also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney’s first advanced Audio-Animatronics human figure, Abraham Lincoln, featured in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

Following his retirement in 1981, Bob continued to consult on Disney projects, including the giant Ursula creature featured at Tokyo DisneySea. In 1999, he was honored with the Themed Entertainment Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob was named a Disney Legend in 2004.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Bob Gurr

Five years ago this month, Bob was honored with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A., above Disney Clothiers, Ltd. The inscription, “Leading the Race to the Future – Meteor Cycle Co. – Our vehicles pass the test of time – Fast, Faultless and Fadless,” is a reference to Bob’s legacy and his love of mountain biking. At the window dedication ceremony, Bob shared that he had enjoyed many memorable days at Disneyland including opening day, the day in 1959 when he gave Vice President Richard Nixon the first trip on the Monorail, and now, this day would be added as “frosting on the cake.”

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Stephen on March 21st, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I’ve met Bob both at his book signing and in the park. He’s in Disneyland frequently and you can talk to the Main Street vehicle drivers about Bob. He’s a very funny and friendly guy and such a great story teller. I wish in another life we had been friends but hey who knows he’s a very young 80 so maybe our paths will continue to cross.

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Dustin on March 22nd, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Routinely one of the best blog post types by the DPB. Keep it up! And thanks Bob Gurr for all the great work you’ve done!

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