Fred Joerger

Born: Sunday, December 21, 1913
Died: Friday, August 26, 2005

Occupation:

  • Model Maker
  • Field Art Director
  • Imagineering’s “resident rock expert”

Legacy:

  • Showed the importance of models in defining projects in concept development.
  • Established the standards for field art direction and creating rockwork out of plaster.
  • Shared his knowledge with novice Imagineers (f.e. have attention to detail).

Important projects:

  • Crafted the scenics and decorative backgrounds for the “Project Little Man” vaudeville stage and for the barbershop quartet.
  • Built the miniature sets and props for the 1954 “20.000 Leagues Under the Sea” movie.
  • Created models for (a.o.) the opening day attractions of Disneyland.
  • Built miniatures for Disneyland’s “Storybook Land Canal Boats” attraction.
  • Assured during the construction of the Walt Disney World Resort that shows and attractions achieved the creative goals designed by designers and art directors.
  • Created rockwork for (a.o.) Disneyland’s “Submarine Voyage”, “Tom Sawyer Island”, “Jungle Cruise”, “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad “and the legendary atrium waterfall previously featured in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
  • Oversaw the full-size concrete construction, set painting and interaction of the sets with the air-conditioning vents and lighting for Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
  • Helped on the development of Epcot and Tokyo Disneyland.

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