Monday, April 28, 2008

Wave Machine Specialty

A few months ago, I posted about Dick Nunis' Window on Main St. USA at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

During my recent trip to Disneyland, I spied the West Coast Window for Dick Nunis.

It says:
Coast to Coast Peoplemoving, World Leader in Leisure Management, Dick Nunis Proprietor Started 1955, Offices Anaheim, Orlando,Tokyo. Wave Machine Specialty.
Dick Nunis was responsible for opening every theme park until his retirement in 1999. When I saw the tag line Wave Machine Specialty, I was reminded of a story from Van Arsdale France about Dick Nunis and his wave machine.

Before opening, Dick Nunis fought for a $400,000 wave machine for the Seven Seas Lagoon that would lap waves on the shore of the beach at the Polynesian. Dick hoped that professional surfers would be able to put on shows and that children and body surfers would be able to enjoy the inland ocean experience. The wave machine worked, although it mostly eroded the Polynesian's beach.
At a Club 55 meeting, Roy and Dorothy Eno were discussing Dick's wave machine, when Roy winked at Dorothy and said, "That young whippersnapper will get his wave machine." Note: Dick never gives up. In 1989, 17 years later, there was a beach and a working wave machine at Typhoon Lagoon, and Dick, the President of Walt Disney Attractions, expertly surfed on the first wave at opening.
-p. 92, Window on Main Street: 35 Years of Creating Happiness at Disneyland Park


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