Bill Novey

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Bill Novey
Born 1948
Downers Grove, Illinois
Died August 1, 1991
Burbank, California
Occupation Special Effects Master / Head of Special Effects at Walt Disney Imagineering/ co-founder of Art & Technology, Inc.
Spouse(s) Jody Van Meter

William 'Bill' Novey (1948 – 1991) was an American special effects guru in Hollywood, Head of Special Effects at Walt Disney Imagineering in the 1970s, and co-founder of Art & Technology, Inc. with Disney executive Joe Garlington in the 1980s.[1]

At Disney, Novey was tasked with overseeing 6000 special effects in the Epcot Center near Orlando, Florida and Tokyo Disneyland.[2] He invented over 300 projectors and helped inspire a new wave of special effects and technological innovations including the first use of holograms and vector-scanning laser projections in a theme park.[3]

At Art & Technology, Novey developed a number of memorable special effects and high-tech exhibits seen in various theme parks around the world, including the first ever motion-simulator in a museum.[4]

Novey holds a number of US patents.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He was born William E. Novey in 1948 in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Novey earned Bachelor's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, and a Master's in Theater Technology from California Institute of the Arts.

He was married to entertainment executive Jody Van Meter.[6]

He died in 1991 at age 43 from Non-Hodgkins lymphoma.[7] He is buried at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.[8]

In October 2008, a bench was donated in Novey's honor in the Garden Walk at the library in his hometown of Downers Grove, Illinois with an inscription that reads: “William E. Novey, Who Made the World a Happier Place."[9]


  1. ^ Maureen, Santini. "Special Effects Bring Epcot Alive". The Gainesville Sun. 
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  4. ^ Rubin, Judith. "Art & Technology : Bill Novey and the Business of Theme Park Special Effects". Bloop Loop. 
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  6. ^ Van Meter, Jody. "Jody Van Meter". Zoom Info. 
  7. ^ Kania, Carol. "Discoveries". Downers Grove Public Library. 
  8. ^ Find a Grave. "William Novey". Find a Grave. 
  9. ^ Kania, Carol. "Discoveries". Downers Grove Public Library.