Disney Legend X-Atencio, R.I.P.

Francis Xavier “X” Atencio (September 4, 1919 – September 10, 2017) past on September 10, 2017, six days after his 98th birthday. This Disney Legend and cast member is a former Imagineer, writer, lyricist and animator.

He joined Disney in 1938 as an animator. In 1941, he left the studio to serve in World War II with the United States Army Air Forces, returning to Disney after the war ended. Thank you for your service.

In 1965, he became an Imagineer. He wrote the scripts for several Disney theme park attractions: Adventure Thru Inner Space, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, as well as the lyrics to “Bear Band Serenade for Country Bear Jamboree”, “It’s Fun to Be Free for World of Motion”, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me!” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts”.

His voice can be heard as the Talking Skull at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean and in a safety spiel in the Haunted Mansion.

This Disney Legend will forever be a part of the magic of Disney.

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