Every time she visited the park, Disney designer Alice Davis looked up at the Disneyland window dedicated to her late husband, Marc, and noticed that the window next to it was empty.
Today, Alice Davis, 83, was at Disneyland to see a window unveiled in her honor, right next to that of her husband that sits above the Disneyana shop along Main Street, U.S.A. Marc Davis’ window was added in 1992.
“It’s something I will enjoy forever and ever,” Alice Davis said.
With the window, Davis received one of the highest honors bestowed to individuals by the Disneyland Resort. Roughly 75 windows are part of the five-decade tradition started by Walt Disney to honor those who have made an impact on Disneyland.
The windows dovetail into the Anytown, U.S.A feel. Davis’ window, for example, says:
“Small World costumer Alice Davis
“Seamstress to the Stars.”
Davis designed many park costumes, including many of the 150 or so dolls in the “it’s a small world” ride and those of the animatronic characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
She was married to Marc Davis, an animator of movie characters, including Maleficent in “Sleeping Beauty” and Tinker Bell in “Peter Pan.” He later moved on to drawing concepts for park attractions. Marc Davis recruited Alice to design a costume for character Briar Rose that he could draw for “Sleeping Beauty.”
“That costume was exactly what he was looking for — and so was Alice,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a speech at Thursday’s dedication ceremony.
Alice Davis’ favorite costume is that of the Pirates of the Caribbean’s redhead. She had to mold the costume to create the torso with corsets and tough plastic that would stay put as the animatronic figure moved.