- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 6, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Joerger, one of Disneyland’s original model makers who crafted miniature versions of the park’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and other attractions died Aug. 26. of natural causes. He was 91.

Mr. Joerger died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, his niece, Gloria Penrose, said.

“He provided the foundations of the park,” said Jim Hill, a Disney historian. “All of the things that help give it that weird sense of reality are Fred’s doing.”

Walt Disney hired Mr. Joerger in 1953 as one of his first three model makers. They invented the profession that became known as “Imagineering” — Disney’s term for the imagination and engineering behind theme-park rides.

Mr. Joerger made models of the steamboat Mark Twain, Main Street, the Jungle Cruise, the Matterhorn and much of the rest of the original Disneyland, his niece said.

He also became a field art director, ensuring that such rides as Pirates of the Caribbean and Submarine Voyage achieved the looks envisioned by Disney’s Imagineers.

Mr. Joerger retired in 1979 but returned a few years later to supervise the look of Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida and the rock work for Tokyo Disneyland.

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