Saturday, November 2, 2013
Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter was honored yesterday by a window at Disneyland Main Street U.S.A, during a ceremony hosted by Tom Staggs, Bruce Vaughn and Michael Colglazier, family members, friends, and others Disney Legends recognized Tony amazing contributions.
And what contributions! From Big Thunder Mountain to Splash mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Star Tours, Epcot Journey into Imagination and the whole Disneyland Paris park just to list a few, Tony Baxter was during his long career at WDI one of the most important Imagineer in Disney theme park history and is beloved by all Disney fans.
Tony's window is located on the first floor right on the left of DL Magic shop and is written on it "Main Street Marvel, Tony Baxter, Inventor" and this quote coming from Journey into Imagination "Imagination is in the heart of our creations".
If i remember it well Tony's birthday is in February and he's born under the Aquarius sign. Uranus is the "master" of the sign and brings anti-conformism but also inventivity and genius! So, i think that "Inventor" is not only right in regards to Tony's achievements but also perfectly chosen for someone as much "Uranian" as him!
Almost 50 years ago, in 1965 Tony started his career at Disneyland at Carnation Plaza Gardens, became an Imagineer in 1970 and was a field art director for the opening of 20000 Leagues under the sea. Over the years Tony played a key role in the development of the beloved attractions listed above before becoming senior vice president responsible for the concept development, design and creation of Disneyland Paris!
We all congrats Tony and here is a video of the full ceremony filmed by Inside the Magic.
Pictures: copyright Disney
Video: copyright Inside the Magic