RSS Feed

Tag Archives: Main Street Window

March 18

March 18, 2003 – Imagineer Orlando Ferrante is Awarded a Window on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland

“I love seeing the ideas and being able to help make them a reality.”

On March 18, 2003, Imagineer Orlando Ferrante was awarded one of the highest honors in the Walt Disney Company – a window in Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. Ferrante began his work with Disney in 1962, joining WED Enterprises as an expeditor, overseeing the first Audio-Animatronics in Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. After working on the coordination of attractions built for the New York World’s Fair, he was asked to create a new department within WED: the Project Installation Coordinating Office (PICO). Ferrante continue to climb up the ranks, being named general manager of administration in 1972, followed by vice president of administration and production; he was appointed as the vice president of engineering and production in 1979. After moving to France in 1990, he was named the vice president of show and ride engineering, working on the attractions in Disneyland Paris. He retired in 2002, but not before he moved to Venice, Italy, to help with the Disney Cruise Line. The window is in honor of his work with PICO, reading “The PICO Organizations, Installation & Coordination of World Class Projects. We Never Sleep – in Any Time Zone.”

July 17

July 17, 2009 – Imagineer and Disney Legend Marty Sklar is Honored with a Window on Main Street

(July 17, 2009) Marty Sklar, Executive Vice President and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador holds his tribute window at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, the 54th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland.   In a tradition begun by Walt Disney, second-story windows along Main Street USA pay tribute to the men and women who were instrumental in the creation and operation of Disneyland.  Sklar's window, unveiled this morning, can be seen above City Hall at Town Square in Disneyland.  Sklar, who began his Disney career in June 1955 as editor of "The Disneyland News," went on to work personally with Walt Disney on the creation of landmark Disney attractions for the 1964 World's Fair and leading the design of Walt Disney's final vision, Epcot.  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

“Id Somniate. Id Facite.”

On July 17, 2009, coinciding with his retirement, as well as honoring the 54th anniversary of Disneyland, Marty Sklar was honored with a window on Main Street, USA. Sklar, who worked on The Disneyland News newsletter in 1955, officially began with WED Enterprises in 1961, and primarily worked in publicity work, becoming the creative leader for Imagineering for over 30 years. Sklar’s window is located at City Hall, which was seen as a symbol of his leadership, philosophy, and creative talent. Sklar has also been honored with a window in Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disney, and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park.

March 11

March 11, 2010 – The Sherman Brothers are Honored with a Window on Disneyland’s Main Street

Sherman Bros Window

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Disney family; it’s a very special thing to me.” – Richard Sherman

On March 11, 2010, a window dedication ceremony was held for the Sherman Brothers, honoring them for their long legacy of creating memorable tunes for Disney films and park attractions. Richard Sherman was on hand to help unveil the window along with Mickey Mouse, with several prominent members of the Disney Company recalling all the places in the park where you can hear a Sherman Brothers’ song, and the impact it has had on people all over the world. There were also performers at the ceremony to sing a medley of Sherman Brothers’ songs, including songs from their most well-known work, Mary Poppins.

March 7

March 7, 2008 – Imagineer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr is Honored With a Window on Disneyland’s Main Street

Bob Gurr

“If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.”

On March 7, 2008, before the park opened, Imagineer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr was honored with a window on Disneyland’s Main Street, and honor specially saved for those who had an impact on the creation and upkeep of the park. Many of Gurr’s coworkers and friends were in attendance to honor the man who helped design the old-time feel of Main Street, the Magic Skyway, and the design of the first audio-animatronic figure, President Lincoln. The window itself pays homage to Gurr’s work with Disneyland vehicles, as it calls him the “design impresario” for the “Meteor Cycle Company.”

March 30

March 30, 2007 – Disney Legend Roger Broggie is Honored with a Window on Disneyland’s Main Street

Broggie
“Advisor to the Magic Makers.”

On March 30, 2007, Imagineer and Disney Legend Roger Broggie was posthumously honored with a window on Disneyland’s Main Street. Broggie began working at the Disney Studios in 1939, first tasked with installing the multiplane camera. Broggie assisted Walt with the creation of Walt’s miniature train set, called the Lilly Belle. Broggie was hand-picked by Walt as the first member of the team of engineers to make up WED Enterprises, becoming the first Imagineer, and one of the first tasked with the creation of Disneyland. Not only did he help with plans for the monorail and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, but he helped with the creation of Audio-Animatronics. Broggie’s window was placed above the magic shop, advertising him as the shopkeeper for Can Do Machine Works. In attendance at the ceremony were fellow Disney Legends Alice Davis and Bob Gurr, Disney Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, and members of Broggie’s family, including son Michael Broggie, who continues his father’s legacy as a machinist and supervisor in the Disney Studio machine shop.

May 10

Posted on

May 10, 2012 – Imagineer and Disney Legend Alice Davis is Honored with a Window on Main Street in Disneyland

051112_FS_AliceDavisWindowDedication_feat

“All things good you have to wait a while for, and after 83 years, I got my wish. For years, both [husband Marc Davis] and I have had the great pleasure of bringing great fun and joy to people…”

On May 10, 2012, Alice Davis was awarded with a window on Main Street in Disneyland, which is one of the highest honors within the Walt Disney Company. Davis known for her costume designs, beginning with designing an outfit for the live-action model for Sleeping Beauty; she is best known for her work with fellow Disney Legend Mary Blair on the “it’s a small world” attraction, and for her work on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in 1965. Davis was the wife of animator, member of the Nine Old Men, and Disney Legend Marc Davis, whom she married in 1956.