Location: Market House, Main Street USA, Disneyland
Walt Disney hired Emile Kuri in 1952, as chief decorator for Walt Disney Studios. In 1954 Kuri won an Academy Award for Set Decoration, for the Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He also received Academy Award nominations for the Disney features The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Kuri also won an Emmy in 1963, for his work on television's Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
Emile Kuri's sense of style and attention to detail were instrumental in completing Disneyland's overall look and design. Kuri helped with design aspects and decorated many of the interiors for Disneyland, including the Disney Firehouse apartment, the Royal Suite (the Disney apartment in New Orleans Square) and Club 33.
At the age of 93, Emile Kuri died in Woodland Hills, California on October 10, 2000.