Continuing on in the series of stories about the stories of the Main Street USA windows at Disneyland Park, we make our way to a window located just above the Magic Shop. That window belongs to Roger Broggie.
Mr. Broggie was one of the handful of people chosen by Walt Disney himself to join the group of great collaborative and creative minds at what is now Walt Disney Imagineering. He was instrumental in creating Walt’s dream of surrounding Disneyland with a train with his specialty trade of being a master mechanist. Years later, he would be responsible for many other wheeled attractions at Disneyland.
Read some more highlights from Mr. Broggie’s history with Disneyland and The Walt Disney Company in a piece from Disneyland Park Vice President Jon Storbeck.
- In 1950, Broggie was promoted to head of the Studio Machine Shop and he became the transportation specialist. As plans for Disneyland progressed, he oversaw the development of the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad, theMonorail system and Matterhorn Bobsleds.
- Broggie helped create the Lilly Belle, a miniature live steam engine named for Walt’s wife, Lillian.
- Broggie is known for epitomizing the essence of Walt Disney Imagineering – the blending of creative imagination and technical know-how. His legacy lives on at Disney as his grandson Garry (son of Imagineer Roger Broggie, Jr.) carries on the tradition as a third-generation machinist and supervisor at the Disney Studio machine shop.
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(via Disney Parks Blog)
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