Category Archives: Disney Resorts

Interview: Marc Davis (Disney animation)

Two Disney Legends: Marc & Alice Davis
Two Disney Legends: Marc & Alice Davis

I just posted my interview with Disney Legend Marc Davis. His work includes everything from designing characters such as Cruella De Ville and Tinker Bell to designing story and character concepts for such Disneyland attractions as it’s a small world, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise, Marc was a major part of Walt Disney’s success. CLICK HERE for the interview.

 

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!