Tuesday, October 30, 2007

13 Tombstones: Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

Our 13th and final tombstone is dead-icated to X. Atencio. (The "X" standing for Xavier.) He joined the Disney Studio in 1938 and worked on numerous animated features through the 1950s. He was the person behind the clever animated title sequences from The Parent Trap and Babes in Toyland. In 1964, Walt Disney asked Atencio to transfer to WED Enterprises to assist in the creation of the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. He went on to develop dialog and music for attractions such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion for which he co-wrote the song Grim Grinning Ghosts. But most importantly, he is the one who penned nearly all the clever verses featured on the now infamous 13 tombstones that make up the family plot at Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion.


FigmentJedi said...

Cool thing is how he actually keeps his tombstone that used to be at the Disneyland Mansion in his backyard.

Anonymous said...

He does? I thought he passed away?

cola boy said...

It's sad they removed his recording of the breakdown spiels in WDW's Mansion during this most recent refurbishment.

Disneyana World said...


if i had a haunted mansion headstone, i would put it on my actual grave.

Jeffrey Pepper said...

Mr. Atencio is still very much alive.