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Disney World Honors Greats on Main St-Part 3

This is part 3 in a series about Disney World paying tribute to many of the people who played a prominent role in the development of the park by placing their names in window advertisements on Main Street of the Magic Kingdom.

The window today pays tribute to the men that helped created some of the great animatronic features that we all love.

The window states:
Little Gremlins Mechanical Toys
We build 'em you run 'em
Toy Makers and Associates
Bob Booth
Roger Brogie Jr.
John Franke
Neil Gallagher
Jack Gladish
Rudy Pena
Dave Schweninger
Dick Van Every
Jim Verity

Two of the men listed here were inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 2008. They are Bob Booth and Neil Gallagher.

Bob Booth joined Disney in 1957 and was known as a master of mechanical devices. In 1965 he was asked to start MAPO, the Disney subsidiary that dealt with Materials and Production Operations. This group would make everything from animated figures, like the Tiki birds, to monorail trains.

Neil Gallagher spent 37 years with Disney, working with the MAPO group and leading projects to support many of the Disney theme parks world wide. He was recognized as a leader that was instrumental in the development of many attractions and later became the Vice President of Engineering and Construction for Disney.

This group of men is honored for the engineering, design, and bringing to life many attractions that the Magic Kingdom is famous for. They may not be household names, but they are a large part of what makes Disney World special.

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