Rest in Peace: Legendary Disney Parks Haunted Mansion Imagineer Xavier “X” Atencio Dead at 98

Fans of Disney Parks such as Disneyland and Walt Disney World know that Walt surrounded himself with very talented individuals to help make his dreams a reality. Today, we call those individuals Imagineers… they are responsible for everything from dreaming up a creative new concept to applying the modern science necessary to make it a reality. In the early days of Disneyland, the department was known as WED Enterprises, and all of its employees became Disney legends for their contributions to the park and to the industry in general. Xavier “X” Atencio is one of those legends. For fans of the park, his name is synonymous with two of the parks’ most popular and enduring rides: Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Horror News Network has received word that Mr. Atencio passed away on Sunday. He was 98 years old. read more