Location: Opera House, Town Square - Main Street USA, Disneyland.
Blaine Gibson joined the Walt Disney Studios in 1939, as an animator. Classic Disney films such as Fantasia, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians are listed among Gibson's animation credits.
After drawing all day, Gibson would go home and work on his hobby, sculpting. In 1954, Walt Disney saw one of Gibson's art exhibits. Disney noticed several of the sculptures and recruited Gibson away from the Disney Studios, to work on Disneyland. As an Imagineer, Gibson sculpted figures and created models for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
The Partners statue in Disneyland's Central Hub, which features a life size bronze of Walt Disney standing with Mickey Mouse, was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson.