Category Archives: Disneyland

Interview: Orlando Ferrante (Coordinating Disney parks and classic attractions)

Disney Legend and Imagineer, Orlando Ferrante
Disney Legend and Imagineer, Orlando Ferrante

I just posted my interview with Disney Legend and Imagineer, Orlando Ferrante, who talks about his time coordinating everything from attractions to complete Disney parks, as well as Disney’s participation in the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, and the Disney Cruise Line. CLICK HERE for the interview

New Year’s Day 1993 – Disney at the Tournament of Roses

Disney's float for the pre-show of the 1993 Tournament of Roses parade
Disney’s float for the pre-show of the 1993 Tournament of Roses parade

Thought I’d post these photos I took for Disney 24 years ago at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. In addition to this float for the pre-show, Disneyland was also represented in the main parade as well. Standing in the red coat behind Mickey and Minnie below is Kathleen Mitts the 1993 Disneyland Ambassador to the World.
From Shani & I, have a wonderful 2017!!!

Chip, Gadget, Dale and other Disney character on board a unit in the pre-show of the 1993 Tournament of Roses parade
Chip, Gadget, Dale and other Disney characters on board a unit in the pre-show of the 1993 Tournament of Roses parade

Very Merry Christmas parade at Disneyland – 1992

Snowmen in the Very Merry Christmas parade at Disneyland, 1992
Snowmen in the Very Merry Christmas parade at Disneyland, 1992

Here are a couple photos I took almost a quarter century ago in 1992. The elaborate Very Merry Christmas Parade at Disneyland began with an overture of Disney tunes over the speakers, followed by the live trumpeters. The first half of the parade featured scenes from classic Disney movies, including Snow White, Fantasia, Mary Poppins and others. The second half of the parade featured many of the elements in the current A Christmas Fantasy parade, including the snowmen, skating snowflakes, and of course Santa Claus and his reindeer for the finale.

Mickey & Minnie ice skate in the Very Merry Christmas parade at Disneyland, 1992
Mickey & Minnie ice skate in the Very Merry Christmas parade at Disneyland, 1992

Interview: Kathleen Mitts (1993 Disneyland Ambassador to the World)

1993 Disneyland Ambassador to the World Kathleen Mitts
1993 Disneyland Ambassador to the World Kathleen Mitts

I just posted my interview with Kathleen Mitts, the 1993 Disneyland Ambassador to the World. In this conversation, Kathleen talks about her exciting year representing Disneyland in this unique role, and how she ended up as part of the Space Mountain attraction. CLICK HERE for the interview and lots of photos.

Disney Afternoon at Disneyland

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What is now the entrance to Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland, as it appeared in 1991, the entrance to the Meet Baloo attraction

What is now the entrance to Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland, as it appeared in 1991, the entrance to the Meet Baloo attraction

When I became an assistant producer on Disney’s TaleSpin animated television series, I never thought it would end up being a big part of an exciting year at Disneyland in 1991! TaleSpin was part of the very first two-hour Disney animated block on television entitled “The Disney Afternoon” in 1990.

In 1991, the Disney Afternoon Live promotion at Disneyland includes special shows and parades and attractions. I always loved Disneyland, so to have an abundance of TV Animation represented was particularly exciting for me, especially having worked on TaleSpin since the start.

I hope you enjoy some of my happy memories, and feel free to click on any photo to view it larger.

Construction on the Meet Baloo attraction at Disneyland in 1991
Construction on the Meet Baloo attraction at Disneyland in 1991
Inside the Meet Baloo attraction. This successful experiment led the way to the current Meet Mickey attraction
Inside the Meet Baloo attraction. This successful experiment led the way to the current Meet Mickey attraction
The complimentary Disneyland souvenir guide featured Mickey and Minnie with Disney Afternoon friends
The complimentary Disneyland souvenir guide featured Mickey and Minnie with Disney Afternoon friends
The Disneyland Cast Member newsletter featuring The Disney Afternoon at Disneyland
The Disneyland Cast Member newsletter featuring The Disney Afternoon at Disneyland
The Disneyland Motor Boat Cruise attraction was transformed into Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen during the Disney Afternoon Live in 1991
The Disneyland Motor Boat Cruise attraction was transformed into Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen during the Disney Afternoon Live in 1991
The Plane Crazy show at Videopolis in Disneyland, 1991
The Plane Crazy show at Videopolis in Disneyland, 1991
The "Friends for Life" number from the Plane Crazy show at Videopolis. Baloo is missing his TaleSpin hat during this rehearsal performance
The “Friends for Life” number from the Plane Crazy show at Videopolis. Baloo is missing his TaleSpin outfit during this rehearsal performance
A party at Louie's in the Plane Crazy show at Disneyland
A party at Louie’s in the Plane Crazy show at Disneyland
Two Gummi Bears pose in the Afternoon Avenue in Disneyland
Two Gummi Bears pose in the Afternoon Avenue in Disneyland
Gadget poses in Afternoon Avenue in Disneyland
Gadget poses in Afternoon Avenue in Disneyland
Fat Cat poses at the Duckburg Train Depot stop of the Disneyland Railroad
Fat Cat poses at the Duckburg Train Depot stop of the Disneyland Railroad
Mixing up shows, characters from TaleSpin pose in front of the DuckTales school in Disneyland
Mixing up shows, characters from TaleSpin pose in front of the DuckTales school in Disneyland

Interview: Alyja Kalinich (Costume designer for Disney theme parks)

Alyja holds dolls wearing her costumes she designed for a parade. These were sold in Tokyo Disneyland.
Alyja holds dolls wearing her costumes she designed for a parade. These were sold in Tokyo Disneyland.

I just posted my interview with Alyja Kalinich on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Alyja talks about her time designing costumes and overdressings for Disney’s many parades and shows at Disney theme parks here and abroad.  CLICK HERE for the interview and lots of photos.

Interview: Ron Logan (His journey to head of Disney Live Entertainment)

Ron Logan at the Disney Legends ceremony
Ron Logan at the Disney Legends ceremony

I just posted my interview with Ron Logan on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Ron talks about his beginnings playing trumpet in the 1958 Christmas parade at Disneyland, and climbing the ladder to become the executive vice president, executive producer of Walt Disney Entertainment, responsible for all the live entertainment in the entire company.  CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos.

Disneyland 1975 (Prince John at America the Beautiful)

Tomorrowland in Disneyland 1975, Prince John in front of America the Beautiful
Tomorrowland in Disneyland, 1975, Prince John in front of America the Beautiful

I just discovered this photo of me in Disneyland from 1975. I haven’t seen it in more than 40 years!  That’s Prince John from “Robin Hood” that I’m giving a big hug to – he looks remarkably the same today! Also in that batch of photos I discovered are images from the groundbreaking Disneyland parade America on Parade, as the park was already celebrating America’s bicentennial.

My sister and I are at the entrance to Tomorrowland. Behind us, in what is now the entrance to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, is the CircleVision theater, presenting the 1967 America the Beautiful movie “in the round,” which just happened to lend itself perfectly to the bicentennial celebration.

As you can see, the movie was sponsored by AT&T at that time. Within the movie that was a tour of the United States, one segment visited  Hawaii, and was shot from the AT&T ship, Long Lines, which, as it was explained in the movie, was a ship to help expand and improve the worldwide telephone network by laying underseas cable across the Pacific, the Atlantic, and in the Caribbean. At the conclusion of the film, the AT&T commercial jingle, “Reach out and touch someone” would play as the audience exited.

I sure loved that film! For those that are not familiar with CircleVision, it was a 360 degree movie that completely encircled the audience as if you were really standing in whatever location was being shown. What amazing technology America the Beautiful was! This was before video, and this meant having to run nine film projectors simultaneously, and have them on a loop to be able to run continuous shows throughout the day. Disneyland’s original CircleVision movies required 11 cameras, but the updated America the Beautiful used wider film formats which meant less projectors were necessary. Did you know you can still see some more recent CircleVision movies today at Epcot?

Since 2009, the opening music from America the Beautiful can still be heard as part of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction at Disneland, and for me, it brings back such happy memories of the past, just as finding this old photograph did!

 

Interview: Gary Krueger (Disney photographer)

Classic Disneyland postcard photographed by Gary Krueger
Classic Disneyland postcard
photographed by Gary Krueger

I just posted my interview with Gary Krueger on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Gary talks about his times photographing Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney movie premieres and much more – and you’ll see lots of postcards of Gary’s photography!  CLICK HERE for the interview and postcards

Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art

Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art by Disney Legend Marc Davis
Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art by Disney Legend Marc Davis

Yo ho everybody! I thought you’d enjoy this rare concept art by Marc Davis for the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Marc was my favorite artist and responsible for creating so many of the classic scenes you see in attractions such as Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and so much more. Marc started working for Disney as an animator and the first thing he animated was a scene in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” While he created characters such as Tinker Bell and Cruella De Ville, some of my favorite pieces were Marc’s characters that seemed to leap off the page – such as the various bears for the Country Bear Jamboree attraction. This Pirates artwork is a rough sketch for a scene that didn’t make it in the final attraction. I love it because it’s so rough, and different than a lot of Marc’s typically seen works, but still tells a story with humor. I’m grateful to Marc’s wife, Alice, another Disney Legend, for allowing me to scan it.