British Airways
Go Back   theDIBB > DIBBcast - a Disney Podcast with a British Accent > DIBBcast and Episode Chat
Forgotten Password?
DIBBcast and Episode Chat For Disney Podcast chat, questions and suggestions.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 13 Sep 17, 06:25 AM  
Link to this Post

Join Date: Jan 09

geoffa's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 2
Restaurant Reviews: 3

theDIBB Guidebook
Pages Created: 8
Guidebook Photos: 18
Guidebook Reviews: 1
Disney Legend X Atencio has passed away

This week we have the sad news that Disney Legend Xavier X Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passed away on September 10 at the age of 98.

X created many of the beloved Disney parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia.

X first saw his work on screen at the 1940 premiere of Pinocchio, and as he watched, he was incredibly moved by seeing the audiences reaction. That year, he was promoted to assistant animator for Fantasia but left temporarily to join the Army Air Corps in the war effort. Upon his return in 1945, he picked up where he left off, returning to the studio and working for the next eight years on animated short subjects.

Walt asked X to join WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1965 to work on the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. X was uncertain of the move to WED: I went over there reluctantly because I didnt know what I was getting into, and nobody there knew what I was supposed to do either. About a month later I got a phone call from Walt. He told me "I want you to do the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean."

X earned his legacy at WED, playing a key role in the development of music and dialogue for the attraction, including co-writing the iconic song, Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me). For the Haunted Mansion, he wrote the attractions dialogue and co-wrote the song Grim Grinning Ghosts.

X retired from Disney in 1984, but continued working as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering for many years, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996.

Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Listen to the DIBB's own podcast - The DIBBcast at

geoffa is online now Boy Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Getting our kicks on Route 66
Reply With Quote
geoffa is going to the DIBBcast Grand Day Out!

Charter Travel

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump

Attraction Tickets Direct

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

theDIBB Menu

British Airways

US Dollar Rates
Cash/Travellers Cheques
Covent Garden FX  $1.3845
FAIRFX  $1.3725
M&S  $1.3564
Travelex  $1.3773
Prepaid MasterCard Rates
CaxtonFX  $1.3692
FAIRFX  $1.3725
Travelex CP  $1.3773
Updated: 19:02 17/02/2018

theDIBB Charity
Cancer Research UK
DIBB Members have Donated: £10,009


[Learn More]

Euro Rates
Cash/Travellers Cheques
Covent Garden FX  €1.1143
FAIRFX  €1.1035
M&S  €1.0795
Travelex  €1.0984
Prepaid MasterCard Rates
CaxtonFX  €1.1050
FAIRFX  €1.1035
Travelex CP  €1.0984
Updated: 19:02 17/02/2018

Orlando Weather
Florida Time
Sat 17th Feb 2:17pm
Now: 27C/81F
Clear Sky
Clear Sky
Cloud Cover: 1%
Wind: 3mph - SW Arrow points to where the wind is coming from.
Pressure: 1022mb
Humidity: 51%
Illuminations Smoke
Updated: 17:59 17/02/2018

Latest Group Posts
Sept/Oct 2018
What have you done up to now?
by sasperella
Today 10:37 AM Go to last post
RunDisney events
Marathon Weekend 2019
by Jockey
Today 10:30 AM Go to last post
Bikini Babes
Weigh in w/c 12 Feb 18
by Smithkfs
Yesterday 03:39 PM Go to last post
November 2018 Disney Holidays
Where are you eating
by arosiem
14 Feb 18 11:44 PM Go to last post
October 2018
February Check In - How is the planning going?
by mickee
14 Feb 18 11:00 PM Go to last post
Welcome! Share who you are & your plans here!
by archibald
11 Feb 18 11:16 PM Go to last post
View All Groups