Published: July 5, 2015 at 6:11 PM
Blaine Gibson, right, with fellow Disney Legend Marty Sklar at the 2009 IAAPA Attractions Expo
Born in Colorado in 1918, Gibson worked as an in-between artist and animator for The Walt Disney Studios before Walt noticed Gibson's sculpture work in 1954 and reassigned him to the Disneyland project. According to the Disney Archives, Gibson created the sculptures upon which Imagineers created animatronics for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Gibson also directed the creation of animatronics for all U.S. presidents up through George W. Bush for Disney World's Hall of Presidents.
Gibson officially retired from Disney in 1983, before being named a Disney Legend in 1993. That year, he also created the "Partners" statue of Mickey and Walt that stands in Disney theme parks all over the world.