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#DISNEYATOZ Imagineer X Atencio first moved to California from Colorado at age 18 to study art, but he ended up with a job with Walt Disney instead. How awesome that would have been for a young and budding artist!
Atencio’s gifted artistry was well developed, and as a talented and young Disney animator, he worked on “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia” and the animated sequences of “Mary Poppins," just to name a few of his projects." What was super fascinating to me when learning about X, and how he went from an animator to a lyricist. Oh... didn't you know, that little tune from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, "Yo Ho" (A Pirate's Life for Me) or how about The Haunted Mansion's "Grim Grinning Ghosts" were written by him? X worked for years as a Disney animator but at Walt's request, X transferred to WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1965 to work on the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. At first, X was unsure of the move to WED and 1 month later,
Walt informed X that he was to do the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean. From that point on, X cemented his legacy at WED. And though never writing a song before, X thought that the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction needed a song, so he told Walt his idea. Walt, in turn, told X to go for it! Wow!
How amazing is that? From Pirates to the Haunted Mansion, two of the most recognizable attraction songs were written by a talented artist and imagineer. Was there nothing X couldn't do?
Xavier “X” Atencio became an official Disney Legend in 1996.
Before his passing, his daughter Judianne said, “The thing that he enjoyed the most and up to his last visits to Disneyland was always watching peoples’ reactions. That was where he could really still see the audience and how much they loved it. They’d always come out singing his song.” He passed away Sept 10, 2017 at the age of 98, a true Disney Legend.
Photos: Disney Archives
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