McKim, Sam

McKim, Sam (1924-2004) McKim started at Disney in 1955 as a conceptual artist for Disneyland. He sketched attractions for Main Street, U.S.A. and Frontierland, as well as working on Disney films such as Nikki, Wild Dog of the North and The Gnome-Mobile. He contributed sketches for such Disneyland favorites as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, “it’s a small world, ” The Haunted Mansion, the Monorail, and the Carousel of Progress. For Walt Disney World, he worked on The Hall of Presidents, Universe of Energy, and Disney-MGM Studios. He retired in 1987. McKim had been charged with creating many of the Disneyland maps that were sold to guests through the years, and they were so highly regarded that he was persuaded to come out of retirement to design a map for Disneyland Paris. He was named a Disney Legend in 1996.