Walt Disney Imagineer Glenn Durflinger, architectural designer of Space Mountain, passes away at 79

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When the average theme park guest lists off their favorite attractions at Disney Parks, Space Mountain is almost invariably in the top five.  That’s just one of the many reasons why it is so sad to hear about the passing of Walt Disney Imagineer Glenn Durflinger, who served as Project Designer for the original Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and its sister attraction at Disneyland.

Glenn Durflinger also contributed to the design of Disneyland’s New Orleans Square and redesigns of Tomorrowland, Cinderella’s Castle and Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on both coasts. He also served as the Director of Architecture for EPCOT Center and Project Designer for Disney/MGM Studios. In 2006 he received the National Fantasy Fan Club’s Disney Legend award in honor of his storied career.

Fellow Imagineer Tom Morris acknowledged Durflinger’s passing on his personal Twitter account yesterday.

Glenn Wesley Durflinger was born on November 28, 1938 and passed away of August 30, 2018. He will be remembered for his life and contributions to the legacy of Walt Disney Imagineering. His work lives on at Disney theme parks.

4 Comments

  1. Ian

    Please check facts…
    Florida’s Space Mountain opened first in 1975, California in 1977.

    1. Mike Celestino

      You are correct! Have to blame a slip of the memory on that one. Fixed.

  2. Marilyn

    My exact thoughts.

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