For the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom today I thought I’d post this shot I took of some of the beautiful artwork in the park. There’s so much great detail if you get the chance to slow down and look around!
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.
It’s Valentine’s Day, so go ahead and Kiss the Girl! I took this photo of The Little Mermaid attraction in Disney California Adventure, trying out a Sony A7R III camera.
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/
One of the things I love about the Disney parks in Japan is the attention to detail. Even at the sinks! This one in Tokyo DisneySea dispenses the soap in the shape of Mickey Mouse! As it says over the faucet, “Clean hands, happy faces!”
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.
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!
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 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.
Some of Scrooge’s treasure sits in the fountain in front of the McDuck’s Department Store.
A golden Scrooge McDuck statue sits in the center of the store, greeting guests as they enter.
Hope you enjoy these photos!
It really saddens me to report that Marty Sklar has passed away. A true Disney Legend, Marty was originally hired to write for the Disneyland News souvenir newspaper, and soon became Walt’s top writer. He wrote many of Walt’s speeches and other company communications and ultimately became the head of Walt Disney Imagineering.
Recently, Marty and I had been in touch, as I was going to interview him. Several Disney Legends that I know how contacted Marty to encourage him to interview me, and I just love what he emailed me! “Gee Scott – How come you didn’t get Bob Iger to say I should talk to you? Looks like you have most of the Legends …”
In preparation for the interview, I’ve been reading Marty’s wonderful book, “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms.” While I never got that interview, I’m grateful to have his stories.
What’s your favorite Walt Disney World transporation? Buses? Ferryboat? Monorail?
While I love taking photos of beautiful Disney scenery, sometimes a simple sign like this puts a smile on my face with happy memories!