Joe Fowler
Born(1894-07-09)July 9, 1894
Lewiston, Maine, U.S.
DiedDecember 6, 1993(1993-12-06) (aged 99)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1917–1948
RankRear Admiral
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II

Joe Fowler (July 9, 1894 – December 6, 1993) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy, who after his retirement had an important role in overseeing the construction of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Joe Fowler attended the United States Naval Academy and later earned a master's degree from M.I.T in Naval Architecture. He retired from the Navy in 1948 though he was recalled briefly during the Korean War. In 1952 he was appointed by President Truman to reduce wasteful military spending.[1]

Disney career

In 1954 Walt Disney was looking for a naval expert to help with the building of the paddle steamer Mark Twain, for the then under-construction Disneyland. He found the retired admiral supervising the construction of tract homes in the San Francisco region. Fowler was hired as construction boss for the whole Disneyland project. After Disneyland was completed, Fowler stayed on as General Manager of the park for its first 10 years, and assisted with the construction of Walt Disney World. He retired from The Walt Disney Company in 1978 though he continued on as a consultant.[2]

The dock for the two large ships in Disneyland's Rivers of America, located across from The Haunted Mansion is named Fowler's Harbor. In 1999, one of the ferries that crosses the Seven Seas Lagoon taking guests from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom was renamed Admiral Joe Fowler in his honor; it was originally known as the Magic Kingdom I.[2]

"At one point during the Florida project, Joe held three posts, simultaneously: senior vice president, engineering and construction, for Walt Disney Productions; chairman of the board of WED Enterprises, now known as Walt Disney Imagineering; and director of construction for Disney’s Buena Vista Construction Company."[3]


  1. ^ 365 Days of Magic blog Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Disney Legends - Joe Fowler". D23. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  3. ^ Team, D23 (January 15, 2022). "Joe Fowler". Admiral Joe Fowler. Retrieved January 15, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)