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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.
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