All posts by Scott Wolf

Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown

The Main Street of Walt Disney's youth in Marceline, Missouri
The Main Street of Walt Disney’s youth in Marceline, Missouri

I left my heart in Marceline, Missouri! This is the Main Street of Walt Disney’s boyhood home. The inspiration for his Disneyland Main Street is evident all over the beautiful city! Thanks to Kaye and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum for the VIP treatment during our unforgettable visit!

The Uptown Theatre in Marceline, Missouri
The Uptown Theatre in Marceline, Missouri

What a thrill it was to see the Uptown Theatre in Walt Disney’s boyhood home of Marceline, Missouri. This is the theatre where Walt held the midwest premiere of the Great Locomotive Chase as a gift to the citizens, and told the children, “You children are lucky to live here. My best memories are the years I spent here.” Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Mickey Mouse egg yolk

Real egg with Mickey-shaped yolk at Plazma Ray's Diner Tokyo Disneyland
Real egg with Mickey-shaped yolk at Plazma Ray’s Diner in Tokyo Disneyland

People often use the term “Disney Magic,” and when I saw this egg in my lunch at Tokyo Disneyland, I knew the only way to get a Mickey Mouse-shaped egg yolk was with Disney Magic! Either that or that chicken is just watching way too many Mickey Mouse cartoons!

This restaurant, Plazma Ray’s Diner in Tomorrowland, has the storyline of being a successful restaurant with chains not just on Earth, but all over the universe!

Billy Barty and me

Scott Wolf and Billy Barty
Scott Wolf and Billy Barty

Thought I’d post this picture of me with the late Billy Barty, who was born on this day October 25th in 1924. What a great talent he was. In addition to his numerous movie and television roles, he was the original voice of Figment in the Epcot attraction, “Journey Into Imagination,” where he sang the Sherman Brothers’ wonderful composition “One Little Spark.” (Side note: How I love digital photography so we now know before it’s too late if we blinked in the picture.)

World of Motion picture for Epcot anniversary

World of Motion attraction at EPCOT Center
World of Motion attraction at EPCOT Center

For the 35th anniversary of Epcot today, which also happens to be the 46th anniversary of Walt Disney World, here’s a photo I took of one of the original opening day Epcot (or as it was then called EPCOT Center) attractions. This photo is from World of Motion and depicts the scene when sore-footed cave people decide it’s time to invent the wheel. Also, here’s some photos of Disney World under construction http://blog.mouseclubhouse.com/more-1960s-walt-disney-world-construction-pics/

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!