Disney animator and sculptor Blaine Gibson passes away at 97

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Disney Imagineer and Legend Blaine Gibson works on his sculpture of President Ronald Reagan for the Walt Disney World attraction "Hall of Presidents." Photo Courtesy: The Disneyland Resort.

Blaine Gibson, who was a Disney animator and sculptor at the Walt Disney Company has passed away at the age of 97.

Gibson worked on such films as “Fantasia,” “Bambi” and “Peter Pan.”

One of his most famous pieces of work is the Partners Statue, which can be seen throughout several Disney theme parks.

Gibson worked on several other attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room.  He also worked on Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and Will Rogers in the American Adventure Pavilion at EPCOT.

Gibson retired in 1983 but continued to consult with Disney on the Hall of Presidents, all the way up to George W. Bush.

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