Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Jan. 25, 2003 9:07 am/pm
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:
in David Kent Mumford's name. For more information, call the Foundation’s number at (213) 629-2787.
- The Ryman-Carroll Foundation
- 315 West Ninth St., #806
- Los Angeles, CA 90015
Here is a summary of David's career at Disney, taken from a memo which was sent to Walt Disney Imagineering employees:
|As a senior principal show set designer, David oversaw the production of working set drawings for Disney theme park attractions. David’s most recent project was Journey into Imagination with Figment at Epcot, on which he was working in Florida last spring before he became ill. But battling illness could not diminish David’s Disney contributions -- he diligently read all the proofs for his upcoming book Ellenshaw Under Glass [coming out in March, about matte artist and Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw] from his hospital bed, according to his co-author, project director Bruce Gordon. In their spare time, David and Bruce co-authored and co-edited several 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 Webster).|
David joined The Walt Disney Company in 1974 as a ride operator on the Submarine Voyage at Disneyland. His 23-year Imagineering career began in 1979 when David joined WED to work as a show set draftsman for The Land at Epcot. Over the years, David was involved with a number of attractions including Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin's Oasis at Disneyland, The Living Seas at Epcot, and the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour and Star Tours for Tokyo Disneyland, among others.
Before his Epcot assignment, David served as art director for Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea. “We just invented the stuff that doesn’t exist,” said David about designing Ariel’s undersea world in three dimensions. “Things like underwater light fixtures just aren’t on the market, so we created them from pure fantasy.”
Since childhood, David was a Disney aficionado, collecting all sorts of trivia and memorabilia. His expertise as a Disney historian is well known throughout the Company and was put to use when David served as associate producer on the 1989 Disney Channel special, “The Disneyland Story.” He was a featured speaker at many Disneyana conventions and co-wrote a number of articles for national magazines, including the Disney Magazine. He also contributed to WDI’s internal publications, most recently as an online columnist for the WDI 50th anniversary series.
RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator