Disney Imagineer reveals what it was like to be gay and work for Walt.

Imagineer Bob Gurr flanked by two fans.
Imagineer Bob Gurr flanked by two fans.

At the recent Gay Days at Disneyland, Imagineer Bob Gurr spoke at a special D23 chat titled, “An Intimate Conversation With Disney Legend Bob Gurr.” He also gave an interview to the website Goweho.com where he talked about what it was like to be gay in Walt’s world.

Turns out, no one cared.

Gurr wasn’t out of the closet while he worked at Disney. But many of his co-workers either knew or suspected his orientation and that Walt just didn’t care.

“In the middle of that working at Disney studios, everybody was so focused on getting what Walt wanted done, nobody was interested in anybody else’s sexual orientation. They just weren’t,” said Gurr.

“Walt certainly was never interested. The only time he was concerned was if a guy came back from lunch after three martinis and they weren’t doing too well on a storyboard, then he would say something, but other than that he was just not interested.”

Learn more about Bob Gurr’s amazing career in his book “Design Just for Fun.” Unfortunately, both editions are sold out. So you’ll have to find a copy on someone’s shelves or pay through the nose online.

(Photo credit: Loren JavierFlickr cc-license)

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One thought on “Disney Imagineer reveals what it was like to be gay and work for Walt.

  1. Jason

    1.) Bob Gurr wasn’t as much a face of the company as say gay Tommy Kirk was, and 2.) it was a different world back then. I’d dare Mr. Gurr to have made as big a deal about being gay back then to Walt’s face as many gays do today or try and make a big deal about it in the media and see if Walt still didn’t care. It’s not to discount Mr. Gurr’s memory, I’m sure from his point of view he is 100% right. However, to get a more accurate account of history, one needs to look at all variables and not just a one or two. One has to look at the full context.

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