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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Disney Legend #20: Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson took a strange journey to get to Disney. Mr. Anderson went to school to learn architecture, but was mainly interested in artistic pursuits. He was able to convince Walt Disney that his architectural background could be useful in animation and started out working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 

Over the years, he worked on many other classics like Pinocchio and Cinderella. When Walt Disney had problems with the outside architects he brought in to work on DISNEYLAND, he remembered that Mr. Anderson was an architect. Ken was transferred over to DISNEYLAND, Inc. and helped turn Mr. Disney's ideas into practical buildings. Unlike other studio staff who fully transitioned over to DISNEYLAND and Walt Disney Imagineering for the rest of their careers, Mr. Anderson flittered back and forth between the studio and the park. His varied projects included animated films, screenwriting and designing attractions.

Mr. Anderson passed away in 1993. His work continues to entertain millions throughout the world.