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Encyclopedia > Leota Toombs

Leota Thomas (nee Wharton) (subsequentlyToombs) was an employee of WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering), the division of The Walt Disney Company that designs and builds Disney's theme parks and resort hotels. WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ...


She is best known as the face of Madame Leota, the disembodied head that speaks from inside a crystal ball in Disney's Haunted Mansion attractions. The character's voice was supplied by actress Eleanor Audley. This article relates to the theme-park attraction. ... Eleanor Audley Eleanor Audley (born November 19, 1905, in New York City, New York, died November 25, 1991 in North Hollywood, California) was an actress and familiar voice in radio, film, television, and animation. ...


When the attraction first opened in 1969 at Disneyland, the Madame Leota effect was achieved by projecting a loop of 16mm film onto a sculpted head; it since has been replaced by a digital display. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Disneyland Park is a theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA, 28 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, and is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ...


Thomas' face and voice also are seen in another part of the Haunted Mansion attraction. After exiting the ride vehicles guests pass a tiny bride perched above the doorway. That bride is Thomas without makeup. The spooky voice saying, "Hurry back, hurry back," is in fact Thomas' real voice.


Thomas died of cancer in 1992 or 1993. Her daughter, Kim Irvine, also is an Imagineer and performs the part of Madame Leota in Disneyland's seasonal Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, which add characters and elements from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Imagineer could refer to: Walt Disney Imagineering Imagineer (company), a video game developer An Engineer who only imagines things (aka the best kind of Engineer) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Tim Burton Timothy William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 stop motion animated musical film about the inhabitants of Halloween Town who take over Christmas one year, directed by stop-motion animator Henry Selick. ...


Thomas is memorialized at the Magic Kingdom attraction in Florida with an animated tombstone created by Imagineering that contains a sculpted face whose eyes open intermittently. Similar to other faux tombstones that pay tribute to the attraction's creators with witty wordplay, its inscription reads: The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,794 sq. ... Tombstone most commonly means a headstone marking the grave of a deceased person. ...


Dear sweet Leota
Beloved by all
In regions beyond now,
But having a ball


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