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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Disney Legend #24: Claude Coats

Claude Coats was another Disney Legend whose work touched more than one section of Walt Disney's empire. Hired in 1935, Mr. Coats quickly showed promise with his background paintings, so Walt Disney personally chose him to design and paint the backgrounds for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Even inconsequential backgrounds painted by Mr. Coats looked stunning and beautiful.

His impressive work led to him getting assigned to Mr. Disney's greatest dream- DISNEYLAND. Mr. Coats worked on designing various attractions, including the classic Pirates of the Caribbean. Claude Coats, pictured below with Walt Disney and DISNEYLAND Ambassadress Julie Riehm, was often assigned the more difficult projects.

Before his retirement, Mr. Coats worked on Disney World's Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Mr. Coats passed away in 1992, but his work is still enjoyed by millions around the world.