“I can remember when we built the mountain–the first mountain we built. This was in May. We would open in June. And Walt had come down for his customary Saturday morning eyeball inspection. We would change a few things. We were walking into the Red Wagon and one side of the mountain was pretty well finished. The other side, the bare steel was exposed and what not.
“And Walt said, ‘Oh, well, Joe, you know the side toward the hub is finished. That’s the side I want to photograph and we can dress the other end.
“And I said to Walt, ‘Well, I’ll tell you, I think we’ll have it finished.’ And of course we did. ‘But,’ I said, ‘The next time, Walt, we have to build a mountain, let’s let God do it!’
“Six months later we were at the Studio. We had spent the morning down on one of the stages looking at the mountain in Nature’s Wonderland which wasn’t as high. But we’d been down there an hour and a half and on the way to the animation building–Dick [Irvine], Bill Martin and myself–Walt turned to me and he said ‘Well, Joe, do you feel like God today?’ Now, it was just a casual remark six months after that.”
(Above left photo also showing the “test run” day, with Walt [left of Fowler] and the Admiral [in his hat] having just returned from their ride. As with all DHI photos, click on the image for a much larger and clearer view.)