Yale Gracey

Born: Saturday, September 3, 1910
Died: Monday, September 5, 1983


  • Special Effects & Lighting Artist


  • Created the "999 grim, grinning ghosts" featured in the Haunted Mansion.
  • Created the illusion of fire / flames of the burning city in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Important projects:

  • Contributed to the layout and backgrounds of Pinocchio, Fantasia and many Disney shorts such as “Donald Duck – Clown of the Jungle”.
  • Contributed to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair attractions (f.e. Carousel of Progress).
  • Consulted on special effects and lighting for attractions at Walt Disney World and EPCOT.

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