Back in the sixties it seemed every day was an exciting day. You never knew what you might find or discover while wandering the Walt Disney Studio lot. On this particular morning we were in for a surprise. As we turned the corner near sound stage one we happened upon a remarkable sight. Huge dinosaurs loomed over us, and we felt we had suddenly returned to a primordial jungle in our earth’s prehistoric past.
Well, you probably already know Walt Disney and his team of magic makers were busily creating attractions for the upcoming New York’s World Fair that would be held during the years, 1964-65. It was a massive undertaking and you would have thought the Old Maestro had enough on his hands without this huge undertaking. However, even though Walt had several animated features in preparation and the upcoming Mary Poppins live-action movie being prepped, he wasn’t about to pass on this incredible challenge that would test the talent and resources of Walt Disney Productions.
I’ll have to confess seeing these massive dinosaurs being created was a remarkable sight. As a matter of fact, a good deal of the attractions for the New York’s Worlds Fair were created right here on the Walt Disney Studio lot. We were a bee hive of activity and it seemed Walt had pulled out all the stops in order to get the job done. The Disney artists, technicians, carpenters and machinists were working feverishly in order to meet the Worlds Fair deadline. If you were lucky enough to be working at Walt Disney Productions back in the early sixties you had a front row seat and a view of these amazing attractions as they were being created. Yes, the sixties were a remarkable time, and Walt Disney showed no signs of slowing down. We never knew what magic tricks Walt was going to pull out of his hat next, but I guarantee you, he had no shortage of amazing ideas. We’ll talk more about this tomorrow, okay?