C. V. Wood
Cornelius Vanderbilt "C. V." Wood (December 17, 1920 – March 14, 1992) was an American developer of amusement parks and planned communities. He is most noted as the chief developer of Disneyland. In 1991 he was accused of sexual harassment by a former administrator at Warner Bros.
Wood, who had earlier been director of industrial engineering for an aircraft manufacturer in his native Texas, was hired away from his position at the Stanford Research Institute by Walt Disney to become vice president and general manager of Disney's nascent project, Disneyland. He was a key player in the design and creation of the amusement park, and the person most responsible for choosing its site.
Wood and Disney later had a falling out and Disney fired Wood. Wood's role in the creation of Disneyland has been omitted from all official histories of the park. Bob Gurr, when asked to describe Wood, stated, "He was clearly a con man and certainly behaved that way."
Wood went on to design more amusement parks; he billed himself as "The Master Planner of Disneyland" before a Disney lawsuit stopped him from using that title. Wood, leading his firm known as Marco Engineering, Inc., helped create Magic Mountain (now Heritage Square at Golden, Colorado) in 1957, Pleasure Island (in Wakefield, Massachusetts) in 1959, Freedomland U.S.A. (on the current site of Co-op City in the Bronx), in 1960, and initial work on Six Flags Over Texas before work was taken over by Marco member Randall Duell. None of the first three amusement parks lasted longer than a few years before closing. He was one of the key developers of the Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona.In 1991, Wood, who had become president of the Recreation Enterprises Division of Warner Bros., played an instrumental role in the design and development of Warner Bros. Movie World theme park in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, capping a noted theme park creating career.
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