I thought I would reflect back on something very nice at Walt Disney World that I was lucky enough discover. I was at the Magic Kingdom back in 1994, browsing around Main Street, when I wondered into the Disneyana Store (I miss that place). It turned out to be perfect timing. A lady was sitting up a table and a sign that said an animator would be doing twelve sketches free in about three hours.As it turns out, Harry Holt was coming to spend a few moments at the Disneyana and sign some sketches for a few fans. I hopped right in line and stood there for almost three hours. The Castmembers were very nice though and gave me a red card so my Dad and I could trade places, allowing the other to walk around Main Street. Once he arrived, we each were allowed to choose a sketch from the many Disney Animated films he did. I, of course, chose Lady and the Tramp and I still love it to this day.
Harry Holt was with the Walt Disney Company since 1936, where he worked on the development of Snow White. He left Disney after 20 years to work on projects such as the Flintstones and Tom and Jerry, then returning to Disney in the 1960s once again. He was responsible for sculpting and designing many of the characters and models for Walt Disney World, for rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bears, Snow White, Peter Pan and the Haunted Mansion.
He passed away about ten years to the day that I met him, and though he is no longer with us, his creations will inspire people for years to come. I do remember how nice he was and how he enjoyed talking to his fans, it was a magical moment for me that I will forever remember.
Always keep an eye out when you’re walking around, for you never know who or what you may find that will create a lasting memory for you as well.