Beloved Disney Imagineer Celebrates Historic Birthday

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Credit: Bob Gurr

He’s a Disney Legend, a famous Imagineer, and now he’s added another milestone to his already celebrated life.

Disney Parks treasure Bob Gurr has today turned 90-years-old, and many Disney Cast Members and icons wished him a big “Happy Birthday”.

Bob Gurr young
Credit: D23

If you’re a fan of Disney Parks Imagineering, you know Gurr as the designer of numerous ride vehicles for Walt Disney’s original Disneyland Park, including Autopia, Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland Monorail, and the Haunted Mansion (specifically the Doom Buggies).

Back in 1954, the year before Disneyland opened, Walt Disney hired Bob Gurr and 17 other Imagineers to make his “dream a reality”. Gurr is the last living member of that original creative group.

He was born on October 25, 1931, and is truly a Disney Legend. Gurr posted a fun photo to his Instagram page, with a goofy grin and slice of delicious-looking cake.

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Credit: Bob Gurr via Instagram

Director of Corporate Communications at The Walt Disney Company, Jeffrey R Epstein, posted a tribute to the treasured Disney Imagineer on Twitter:

Happiest of happy birthdays to the amazing Disney Legend Bob Gurr. 90 years young today.  (Here he is blowing out his birthday candles…

As part of Disney’s celebration of long-standing cast members, they recently showcased a montage of Bob revisiting his own attractions:

Bob Gurr was hired by Walt Disney himself. How cool?!? 🙌 #DisneyWorld50 #DisneyCastLife #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #Monorail #Legend


Bob Gurr was hired by Walt Disney himself. How cool?!? 🙌 #DisneyWorld50 #DisneyCastLife #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #Monorail #Legend

♬ original sound – Disney Parks

We wish Bob a very happy birthday and hope to see him enjoying himself at the Disneyland Resort very soon!

If you want to see more of Bob, The Imagineering Story on the Disney+ streaming platform features some lovely stories as well as Gurr showing off some behind-the-scenes footage of the famous Matterhorn.

Do you have any fun stories with Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr? Let us know!

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