Fredric P. Hope; Art Director, Entertainment Designer

Fredric Paddock Hope, an entertainment site developer who helped plan Walt Disney World, has died. He was 68.

Hope, who had also worked on updates of Disneyland, died of emphysema Feb. 1 in Long Beach.

From 1961 to 1973, he served as project designer and art director for many of the Florida theme park's facilities in the Transportation Plaza, the Magic Kingdom Hub and Main Street USA. He also helped renovate Disneyland's Tomorrowland in 1966.

Born in Hollywood, Hope was the son of Academy Award-winning art director Fredric Putnam Hope and portrait and landscape artist Thelma Paddock Hope. He followed in their footsteps to become an independent art director, working on several film and television productions for CBS, Lorimar, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.

Since 1990, he had worked with his son Fredric W. Hope in a Long Beach-based entertainment design and development firm called The Works. His recent projects included renovation of the Kobe, Japan, waterfront, the themed attraction Adventure Lagoon in Shima, Japan, and concept designs for attractions at Tokyo Disneyland.

Hope was former president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors, Local 876, and the founding commodore of the Redondo (later King) Harbor Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Wheeler Hope; sons Fredric W. and Burr; daughters Lisa McGuinness, Heather Swain and Hillary MacCulloch; brother Stephen Hope; sister Marcia Young; and nine grandchildren.

The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Emphysema Foundation, 5858 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036.

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