Sherman Bro's. Walt's Time co-author dies


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Walt Disney Imagineer David Mumford dies at age 46
Date: 01/24/2003

Walt Disney Imagineer, author and historian David Mumford died on Jan. 20 in
Burbank, Calif., following a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and
paraneoplastic pemphigus.
As a senior principal show set designer at WDI, David oversaw the production of
working set drawings for Disney theme park attractions. His most recent project
was the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction at Epcot.

David's legacy also includes a series of Disney books.

According to WDI Project Director Bruce Gordon, David diligently read all of
the proofs for his upcoming book Ellenshaw Under Glass from his hospital bed.
The book, which tells the story of matte artist and Disney Legend Peter
Ellenshaw, is scheduled to debut in March.

David and Bruce co-authored and edited a variety of Disney books, including,
Disneyland: The Nickel Tour, A Brush With Disney: An Artist's Journey, Walt's
Time: From Before to Beyond (with Jeff Kurtti) and Walt Disney Imagineering: A
Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real (with Kevin Rafferty and Randy

David joined The Walt Disney Company in 1974 as an Attractions host at
Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park. In 1979, David joined WED Enterprises (the
former name for WDI) to work as a show set draftsman for The Land at Epcot.

Among David's other WDI credits are Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin's Oasis at
Disneyland Park, The Living Seas at Epcot, Star Tours and the Cinderella Castle
Mystery Tour at Tokyo Disneyland Park, and Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea.

David was a Disney aficionado throughout his life, collecting trivia and
memorabilia beginning in his childhood.

He shared his expertise as a Disney historian in many ways during his career,
writing for magazines, speaking at Official Disneyana Conventions and serving
as the associate producer for the 1989 Disney Channel special "The Disneyland

David was 46 years old. :'(
Thank you, also, for the sad post. I had heard David was ill several months ago, and was afraid this type of news might be forthcoming. His book, Disneyland: The Nickel Tour, will always be a cornerstone of my Disney library, right next to Walt's Time, his book about the Shermans. Mike.