About the event
In his 27 years as a Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr was known for doing the impossible. He designed a submarine fleet, the cars of Autopia, and the Monorail that soars above the park on a single beam. With the opening of Tomorrowland in 1955, Gurr shaped a vision of the future that still feels out of reach today.
This event will explore the life of Bob Gurr, the audience will hear never before heard stories of his years working with Walt Disney as they built Disney from the ground up. Stories of chaos during the opening day to kidnapping the Vice President of the United States to secrets only Bob knows.
As Bob is an aviationist and was known to fly Walts private plane on occasion it's only fitting that this event take place at the world famous "Warplane museum".
Disney Imagineer / Legend Bob Gurr
Imagineer Bob Gurr has always been a man on the move. And, for nearly 40 years, he helped move many a happy Disney theme park guest aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he’s often quipped, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.”
And he certainly has. Bob has developed more than 100 designs for attractions ranging from Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails, and more.
Born in Los Angeles on October 25, 1931, young Bob was fascinated with tools, mechanical devices, and cars. He often crawled through a hole in the fence of nearby Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale to sneak into the cockpits of idle transport airplanes, while at school he decorated his test papers with sketches of automobiles.
Later, he attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles on a General Motors scholarship, where he studied industrial design. Upon graduation in 1952, he was hired by Ford Motor Company, but soon purchased a rubber stamp marked “R.H. Gurr Industrial Design” and went into business for himself.
Soon after, WED Enterprises, today known as Walt Disney Imagineering, hired Bob to consult on the design of miniature cars for Autopia. Walt Disney was so impressed with Bob’s knowledge and skill that he invited him to join the Imagineering family, which then was solely dedicated to the design and construction of Disneyland.
Over the next nearly four decades, Bob worked transportation magic developing the memorable Flying Saucers attraction in Tomorrowland, the antique cars and double-decker buses of Main Street, U.S.A., Ford Motor Company’s Magic Skyway, which premiered at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, and more. Bob also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney’s first Audio-Animatronics® human figure, Abraham Lincoln, featured in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
In 1981, Bob retired early from Imagineering to launch GurrDesign, Inc., and, three years later, joined creative forces with two former Imagineers to form Sequoia Creative, Inc. The firm, which specialized in “leisure-time spectaculars” and “fantastical beasts” developed King Kong and Conan’s Serpent for Universal Studios, Hollywood.
Among his other mechanical feats, Bob was instrumental in creating the mysterious UFO that soared over the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. He also consulted on the animated T-Rex figure featured in Steven Spielberg’s motion picture Jurassic Park.
Bob continues 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.
Why should you sponsor?
This event is very focused. Our audience demographics are educated, middle aged, family oriented, positive individuals who all have an underlying theme in common - They love Disney. Disney is known for world class customer service and excellence. If your brand is driven by positivity, creativity, energy and design this event would be a perfect fit. Bob Gurr was one of the original imagineers, he was chosen by Walt Disney as he embodied creativity in his designs which have stood the test of time.
I'm a self driven entrepreneur who thrives and problem solving. When I'm not building out business ideas one can find me writing music. When it comes to execution I'm a perfectionist and believe in creating memories. When I run events no detail is overlooked, from how an attendee is greeted when they arrive to accent lighting. I take pride in building from the ground up - from nothing to something.
I've ran many events over the years most recently a Full day speaking engagement with Former Exec VP of Walt Disney World Lee Cockerell. Lee has held management positions with Hilton for 8 years, Marriott for 17 years, and the Walt Disney Company for 16 years.
In my next venture I'm bringing Disney Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr back to Canada. (I was honoured to do this 2 years ago with great success and look forward to working with him again.
We have several large event ventures planned for the future - but for now only time will tell where they lead.
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