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John Wise was assigned to the Disneyland Construction project by the firm Wheeler & Gray - Consulting Engineers. A Structural Engineer, Wise designed the simple modular support structures used for many of the buildings on Main Street and elsewhere in Disneyland. The simple supports gave the buildings the necessary support and structure, allowing Disneyland's art directors to create artistic, non-structural facades.
Assigned by Wheeler & Gray, Wise was a Project Design Engineer during Disneyland's initial construction from 1954-55. In 1957, Wise became Disneyland's Chief Engineer. Wise would leave Wheeler & Gray to join WED Enterprises (later known as Imagineering), becoming a WED Project Engineer in April 1965. In 1969 Wise was named Vice President of Engineering for WED Enterprises in California. Working with Don Edgren, Wise helped coordinate engineering design & planning during Walt Disney World's construction, beginning in the late 1960's, through the resort's opening on October 1, 1971.