Take Two for March 13, 2013

Chris' Collection: Designing Disneyland with Bob Gurr

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Los Angeles Magazine editor Chris Nichols asks former Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr about the rivet holes in a panel from Disneyland's original monorail after Gurr's presentation at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on March 13 in Los Angeles. Gurr designed Disneyland's monorail, which was the world's first such transportation system.

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Former Disney Imagineer and amusement park designer Bob Gurr discussed his long career in design on March 13 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in Los Angeles. Gurr was once an automobile designer, and is one of the last remaining Imagineers who worked arm-in-arm with Disney to bring his world-famous theme park to life. Gurr's accomplishments include designing the world's first monorail, as well as iconic rides and animatronics such as Universal Studios' King Kong, and Disneyland's President Lincoln.

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Fans crowd around former Disney Imagineer and amusement park designer Bob Gurr for photos and autographs after his presentation at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on March 13 in Los Angeles.

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Former Disney Imagineer and amusement park designer Bob Gurr autographs one of the last remaining copies of his new book for an appreciative fan at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on March 13 in Hollywood, Calif. Gurr's book, Design: Just for Fun, was contractually limited by an agreement with Disney to a small run of 2,000 copies.

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Former Disney Imagineer and amusement park designer Bob Gurr autographs one of the last few remaining copies of his new book for an appreciative fan at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on March 13 in Los Angeles. Gurr's book, Design: Just for Fun, was contractually limited by an agreement with Disney to a small run of 2,000 copies.

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A scale model of a monorail designed for a Disney theme park by former Imagineer Bob Gurr. This collection of Disney artifacts was on display at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in Los Angeles during Bob Gurr's visit there on March 13.

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This scale mock-up of the former Universal Studios Hollywood ride called King Kong Encounter was the brainchild of amusement park designer Bob Gurr. The ride, which was destroyed in a fire in 2008, was a technological triumph for Gurr, who said he was at least glad that one of his creations went out "in a blaze of glory."

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Walt Disney test driving Autopia prototype as Gurr looks on.


Take Two's new recurring feature with Chris Nichols, editor at Los Angeles Magazine.

Chris is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Southern California's history, and every week he'll bring some of his wonderful treasures into the studio to give us the back story.  

On tap this week, ex-Disney Imagineer and amusement park designer Bob Gurr

RELATED: Gurr will speak Wednesday, March 13 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Click here for tickets.


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