18 March 2014

Bob Gurr to speak at TEA Summit Day Two, April 4 in Anaheim

Bob Gurr with Marty Sklar, former Vice Chairman, Walt Disney Imagineering (L) and Michael O'Grattan, Sr Vice President Entertainment and Imaging, Walt Disney Parks and Recreation (R) at dedication of Gurr's Main Street Window at Disneyland, March 7, 2008.  Copyright Disney.
Bob Gurr
Disney Legend (2004) and Thea lifetime honoree (1999)
In his Disney career of nearly 40 years, he helped develop more than 100 designs for vehicles: Main Street vehicles, Matterhorn bobsleds, the cars of Autopia, the futuristic Monorail and more. He also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney’s first advanced Audio-Animatronics human figure, Abraham Lincoln, of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Following his retirement in 1981, Bob continued to consult on Disney projects, including the giant Ursula creature featured at Tokyo DisneySea. (Source: The Disney Blog)

Why Bob Gurr this year in particular? Anytime is a good time to hear anecdotes and wisdom from Gurr, but his year is particularly apt because of Garner Holt's being named for the 2014 Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements - because these two masters of the audio-animatronics arts are good friends and colleagues, and because Holt has always looked up to Gurr. 


Bob Gurr with Jack Gladish, Plastics Manufacturing Manager for MAPO, at Tampa shipyards.
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide, presents the annual Thea Awards Gala and TEA Summit, April 3-5, 2014 at Disneyland Resort.

Summit Day One (April 3) of the 2-day Summit is a limited-seating Executive Master Class.
 
Summit Day Two - Thea Case Studies Day (April 4), is open to a larger and wider audience including students, and showcases the people and projects that will be honored the following night at the Thea Awards Gala (April 5).

Visit the official blog for more information.

Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office.