National Geographic : 1963 Aug
The Magic Worlds of Walt Disney convinced it is the answer for rapid transit of the future. I wandered backstage at Disneyland to visit Bud Washo, the head of the staff shop. There I got a glimpse of the Disney future, though its subject matter in this case was the dim past. At WED Enterprises in Glendale, where all the design work for Disneyland is done, I had watched Blaine Gibson modeling a series of small-scale dinosaurs, cave men, and other prehistoric creatures. Now Bud Washo took me into a barnlike room where Gibson's di nosaurs were being re-created-life-size. An enraged Tyrannosaurus rex with a two-foot mouthful of six-inch teeth is something to stand beside-even if it is just clay. Once the clay figures are completed, plaster molds are made, and then the carefully de- tailed skin is cast from 3 /8-inch Duraflex, which Washo described as a "hot-melt vinyl reformulated for strength." "Hardly anything affects it," Washo said. "It can take weather, most oils, or gases. It's enormously flexible and durable." When the casts are finished, the figures are trucked carefully to the studio machine shop, where their animation machinery is installed (page 203). Dinosaur Will Go to World's Fair I pointed to a sail-backed dinosaur which was being fitted into its skin and asked: "What will that one do?" "It will be able to swish its tail from side to side, open its mouth, flex up and down like a lizard, and the sail will sway," Washo said matter-of-factly.