Sunday, January 22, 2012

They Made the Magic: Claude Coats

Happy belated birthday to Claude Coats, born January 17, 1913.  Coats was hired by Disney in 1935 as a background painter.  He worked films from Snow White to Peter Pan.  On Snow White he worked on the castle and bar-of-soap sequences.  In 1965, he moved over to WED where he worked on attractions such as Pirates and Haunted Mansion.  He received a 50 year service pin from the Walt Disney Company and after retiring in 1989 was named a Disney Legend in 1991.  He passed away the following year.

1 comment:

  1. Coats has a window in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disneyland's window has a "Big and Tall" reference: Coats was 6' 6". His window is located on the left side as you enter, above the Emporium, facing the train station. In Walt Disney World, his window is on the left hand side, close to the end of Main Street.