RIP Disney Legend X Atencio

Disney Legend X Atencio
Disney Legend X Atencio

I’m saddened by the passing of X Atencio, a true Disney Legend in every sense of the word, and a warm, humble, and kind person. X was a key contributor to many facets of Disney, from animation, with a specialty in stop-motion animation, to Disney theme parks, where he was a writer, no only writing dialogue for attractions such as the submarines, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, but also penning lyrics for some of the classic songs like Grim Grinning Ghosts, Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me), The Bear Band Serenade for the Country Bear Jamboree, and several others.

I hope you enjoy my interview I did with X back in 2007. I’m so grateful that he shared his story with me, and that I may share with you.

Ufufy at Disney Store in Tokyo Disney Resort

Ufufy display at Disney Store in Tokyo Disney Resort
Ufufy display at Disney Store in Tokyo Disney Resort

During our recent vacation in Japan, we got to visit the most beautiful Disney Store I’ve ever seen. Both inside and out, this store was so pretty, and there was so much creative merchandise.

The Disney Store is located in Ikspiari, which is the Tokyo Disney version of Downtown Disney or Disney Springs.

One of the things I fell in love with was this new merchandise called Ufufy, which are Japanese-style egg-shaped plush.

I love the classic characters and the simplicity of this line. If you enlarge the picture above, you can see the Pooh and Piglet Ufufy I just had to buy!

 

McDuck’s Department Store at Tokyo DisneySea

McDuck's Department Store in the American Waterfront, Tokyo DisneySea
McDuck’s Department Store in the American Waterfront, Tokyo DisneySea

Having worked on the original “DuckTales” TV series, it was particularly fun for me to visit the McDuck’s Department Store in Tokyo DisneySea. Enjoy a few more photos below.

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Disney characters Gelatoni and Duffy
Disney characters Gelatoni and Duffy

Disney characters Gelatoni and Duffy are extremely popular in Japan! I was amazed to see how many people were carrying or wearing Duffy and Friends merchandise. I do think they are pretty adorable.

Gold fountain outside of McDuck's
Gold fountain outside of McDuck’s Department Store

Some of Scrooge’s treasure sits in the fountain in front of the McDuck’s Department Store.

Scrooge McDuck is showcased in the center of the store
Scrooge McDuck is showcased in the center of the store

A golden Scrooge McDuck statue sits in the center of the store, greeting guests as they enter.

Hope you enjoy these photos!

Nature walk at Disney’s Aulani

The plumeria is just one of the many native trees found at Aulani
The plumeria is just one of the many native trees found at Aulani
Cy does a wonderful nature walk at Aulani
Cy does a wonderful nature walk at Aulani

Staying at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa is almost like a cruise. It’s not just a place to stay, but there is a daily list of events that you can participate in. Be sure to check the “Daily ‘Iwa” to find out about all the unique daily happenings!

Today we participated in the nature walk, where we learned about so much of the tropical landscaping here at the resort. Our guide, Cy, was fascinating, with an obvious passion for the topic. Not only did he point out the various species of nature, but he explained the various uses for the abundance of plants and trees, and even how some of them specifically fall into traditional Hawaiian lore.

I was surprised when the tour ended because it felt like it was only ten minutes but it was really 45 minutes long!

Disney has created a true Hawaiian paradise!

Pele mural at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

Pele mural at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
Pele mural at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

Aloha, from Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa! Following a most wonderful stay in Japan , we are now staying in Hawaii at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.

Aulani is an exceptional experience with a very inclusive history of Hawaii within its boundaries! The entire resort is like a big museum of Hawaiian culture with little touches of Disney throughout.

To me, the photo above represents so much of what Aulani is all about. Just a simple piece of artwork on the wall that many will walk by and some may not even take much notice, but this mural represents Pele, the fire goddess, along with her brother who uses his shark form to serve as her guide.

The wall opposite the mural may appear to just be pretty tile, but it’s actually made from the inside of coconut, or “niu,”  shells! There are also tiles above, not pictured, made from the outside of the coconut shells. These types of details are abundant here at Aulani.

Aloha!

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights "it's a small world" finale
Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights “it’s a small world” finale

I’v’e waited many years to see the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Dream Lights parade, and I finally got the chance to experience it last night. It not only lived up to my expectations, it far exceeded it!

With an updated version of the popular Electrical Parade them, “Baroque Hoedown,” the floats were grand and beautiful, and had so many effects! The “it’s a small world” finale was completely color as in the photo and then went to all white. The Genie from “Aladdin” was his traditional blue and then suddenly wearing a Donald Duck Suit, and then a Mr. Incredible outfit and he kept changing. This isn’t video but crafted out of the “millions of sparkling lights.”

I will post more photos of this extraordinary parade in the future along with other photos from Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and other Japanese Disney experiences.

More 1960s Walt Disney World construction pics

Here are some more never-before-seen photos of Walt Disney World under construction.  These were taken by  Donald M. Gardner,  who was the chief electrical engineer at MAPO, the manufacturing department at Walt Disney Imagineering.  An electrical and mechanical engineer, Don worked not only on the opening  of Walt Disney World,  but also worked on Disneyland projects and attractions such as the Walt Disney World monorail. Enjoy!

Walt Disney World Preview Center was established so the public could get a glimpse of the resort to come.
Walt Disney World Preview Center was established so the public could get a glimpse of the resort to come.
Construction on the "basement" which Fantasyland sits atop
Construction on the “basement” which Fantasyland sits atop
The Haunted Mansion under construction
The Haunted Mansion under construction
Looking at the Walt Disney World Railroad station from Town Square
Looking at the Walt Disney World Railroad station from Town Square
The Contemporary Resort, not yet completed
The Contemporary Resort, not yet completed