Bob Gurr

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Bob Gurr
Born
Robert Henry Gurr

(1931-10-25) October 25, 1931 (age 87)
NationalityAmerican
Notable work
Disneyland Monorail
Autopia
Haunted Mansion
Submarine Voyage
Matterhorn Bobsleds
King Kong Encounter
TitleDirector of Special Vehicle Development,
Imagineer,
Themed Entertainment Designer
AwardsTHEA Award, Lifetime Achievement, 1999
Disney Legend, 2004

Robert Henry "Bob" Gurr (born October 25, 1931 in Los Angeles, California)[1][2] is an American amusement ride designer and Imagineer. His most famous work was for Walt Disney's Disneyland Park, and its subsequent sister parks. Gurr is said to have designed most, if not all, of the ride vehicles of the Disneyland attractions, including Autopia, Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Monorail, the Submarine Voyage, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. He was named a Disney Legend in 2004. He also worked on the King Kong Encounter animatronic for Universal Studios Hollywood.

Career[edit]

Gurr began his career with Disney designing the Autopia vehicles, and helping to create the Abraham Lincoln audio-animatronic for Disney's attraction at the 1964 World's Fair. He later gave himself the title of Director of Special Vehicle Development.[3]

Gurr retired from Disney In 1981 to open his own firm Gurr Design, Inc. He created animated light spiders and other effects for The Jacksons Victory Tour. [4] In 1984, Gurr created the UFO spectacle that closed out the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. [5] In 1984, Gurr joined with former Imagineer Dave Schweninger to cofound Sequoia Creative. [6] That firm, under Gurr's aegis developed the 30 foot tall King Kong Encounter animatronic [7][8] and the animatronic serpent in The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular for Universal Studios Hollywood. Sequoia Creative builded the giant animatronic of the Tunnel du temps stunt show in Big Bang Schtroumpf, 1989 (now Walygator Parc), France.[9]

In 1997, when casino magnate Steve Wynn wanted to sink a pirate ship several times nightly at his Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, he called upon Gurr, whom figured out how to do it. [10]

Gurr also helped consult for the T-Rex animatronic in Jurassic Park and for the animatronic used in 1998's Godzilla. [11] [12]

Books[edit]

In 2012, Gurr authored Design: Just For Fun ISBN 978-0615553740 a 216 page hardcover book on his career in themed entertainment design at Disneyland and beyond. With a foreword by Marty Sklar, the book has since gone out of print and is highly valued by collectors. [13] Gurr's memoir BOB GURR: Legendary Imagineer: Life and Times - Disney and Beyond ISBN 978-1796313055 was published in 2019. [14]

Awards and Honors[edit]

In 1999, Gurr was awarded the Themed Entertainment Association's THEA award for lifetime achievement. [15] In 2004, in a ceremony at the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, Gurr was inducted as a Disney Legend. [16] Gurr also has received the honor of having his name appear on Main Street, U.S.A. windows at both Disneyland [17] and the Magic Kingdom parks. [18]

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