Xavier Atencio

Born: Thursday, September 4, 1919


  • Show Writer


  • Wrote the script for Adventure Thru Inner Space and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Wrote the lyrics of the songs “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song)”.
  • Voiced the Talking Skull at the beginning of the Pirates of a Caribbean attraction.

Important projects:

  • Contributed to the design of Disneyland Railroad’s Primeval World diorama segment, Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth, World of Motion and the Mexico pavilion in EPCOT.
  • Supervised recordings for the Haunted Mansion in Tokyo Disneyland.

Other projects:

  • Worked on the animated short subjects “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom”, “Jack and Old Mac”, “Noah’s Ark” and “A Symposium on Popular Songs”.
  • Helped animate titles and sequences for such Disney live-action films as “The Parent Trap”, “Babes in Toyland” and “Marry Poppins”.

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