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May the Fourth post

Star Tours 1992
Star Tours 1992

Here’s my obligatory Star Wars photo for May the 4th. I took this photo of Star Tours in 1992 for a project I was working on for Disney. This is the original Disneyland version of Star Tours with Captain Rex, rather than how it is today with C3PO at the helm.

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!

My Presentation in the Golden Horseshoe

Scott does a presentation inside the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland
Scott does a presentation inside the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland

Big thanks to the Disneyland Golden Ears group for having me back to do another presentation in one of my favorite places in the world, the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland!

In this talk I was able to share stories that have been personally told to me by people who were greatly involved in the creation of Disneyland, and who worked closely with Walt Disney.

It gives me great pleasure to be able to share these stories that I’ve had the honor of recording over the years, and I’m very grateful to the warm reception I received from the Golden Ears!

Star Wars Days at Legoland photos

This couple in detailed Star Wars costumes told me they volunteer to attend Star Wars Days.

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California (June 3 & June 4, 2017) includes new Star Wars LEGO displays,  activities such as the LEGO Star Wars™ Family Build Challenge, LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Scavenger Hunt, Jedi™ Trivia, costume contests more.

Many of the Star Wars-themed costumes were quite elaborate.
I even found R2D2 wandering around the festivities.
Any time is a good time for Star Wars fans to visit LEGOLAND. This display in Miniland is present year-round as are a number of other  displays and six larger six scenes that represent the first 30 minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Another meticulously designed LEGO scene in miniature.
Come to the "brick" side - A LEGO version of Darth Vader
Come to the “brick” side – A LEGO version of Darth Vader

Special thanks to LEGOLAND California for inviting me to your annual Star Wars Days!

Disney live entertainment pioneer Larry Billman passed away

Disney live entertainment pioneer Larry Billman, as scene in the Disney movie "Miracle of the White Stallions"
Disney live entertainment pioneer Larry Billman, as scene in the Disney movie “Miracle of the White Stallions”

I’m so sad to report that Larry Billman has passed away. Larry was not only a very important of Disney live entertainment history, but a HUGE supporter of my Mouse Clubhouse. He was responsible for my interviews with people such as Chuck Corson (early Disneyland/Disney World director of entertainment), Miriam Nelson (Disneyland’s opening day choreographer) and Alyja Kalinich (Disney costume designer extraordinaire). As a historian of American Dance on Film, Larry was more than once there for me when I felt that my Mouse Clubhouse work was too overwhelming with little gratification, and he inspired me to keep going.

After I posted an interview with a friend of Larry’s who passed away, Larry wrote me the following, “…I am gratified that you have captured some of his memories for eternity. In my life now I find that most of my energies are spent writing about the dancers and choreographers of the Hollywood musicals. I write for a newsletter which is distributed by the Professional Dancers Society in California. I am currently writing 12 obituaries for the next issue – including Marc Breaux. As painful as it can be when I am writing about people I know well, I am happy that their accomplishments are being documented. After my theme park career ended, I became a “Dance Archivist” with books and articles about them and that may be my finest hour. My mission is that they (and the art they created) are remembered.”

Inspired by Larry’s own words, I invite you to listen to the voice and stories of this wonderful and truly talented individual who I will truly miss.  http://mouseclubhouse.com/interview-larry-billman/

TaleSpin series artwork

My TaleSpin credit
My TaleSpin credit

It’s been nearly 30 years since I had the honor of being the assistant producer on a bunch of TaleSpin episodes! Thanks to those of you who write me about your memories of the show! It means a lot! Hope you enjoy the artwork below!!

TaleSpin color key artwork 1
TaleSpin color key artwork 1
TaleSpin color key artwork 2
TaleSpin color key artwork 2
TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin comic book

Here’s some pages from the TaleSpin comic books,  given to me by my friend and neighbor, the late Joe Messerli, who inked the art! What a coincidence that the man who lived just two doors down from me for my childhood ended up working on the comic books for the TV series I worked on!

TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin comic book
TaleSpin artist Derek Carter gave me my own camera shop in this TaleSpin layout key
TaleSpin artist Derek Carter gave me my own camera shop in this TaleSpin layout key
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
TaleSpin size comparison
Rebecca rough construction
Rebecca rough construction
Rebecca details - I always thought it was amazing they got Sally Struthers to voice Rebecca, from one of the greatest sitcoms in history, All in the Family
Rebecca details – I always thought it was amazing they got Sally Struthers to voice Rebecca, from one of the greatest sitcoms in history, All in the Family
Molly mouth chart
Molly mouth chart
Molly details
Molly details
Head construction of Louie
Head construction of Louie
Kit Cloudkicker details
Kit Cloudkicker details
Various poses of Kit Cloudkicker
Various poses of Kit Cloudkicker
Rough drawings of Baloo's attitudes
Rough drawings of Baloo’s attitudes
Rough drawings of Baloo's attitudes
Rough drawings of Baloo’s attitudes

We sometimes had "Special Poses" designed such as Baloo in a hammock
We sometimes had “Special Poses” designed such as Baloo in a hammock

Reader’s Digest cites Shani for expert Disney vacation advice

Shani Wolf, vacation planner specializing in Disney Vacations
Shani Wolf, vacation planner specializing in Disney Vacations

The classic publication, Reader’s Digest, recently wrote an article about “Insider Secrets for the Best Walt Disney World Vacation,” and they approached Shani for her expert advice.

You can view the article at http://www.rd.com/advice/travel/disney-world-tips/

Shani didn’t want to post this because she didn’t want to “brag,” so I’m bragging for her. I’m very proud of her, and I’m thrilled that a publication as reputable as Reader’s Digest realized that Shani’s Disney background is far more than just the intense training they give her to be certified as a vacation planner specializing in Disney vacations, but also her years working for Disneyland, the Walt Disney Studios and The Disney University. She was also responsible for training thousands of new Disneyland employees in their orientation.

Shani’s clients know that they not only benefit from her great knowledge of Disney and Disney travel, but she truly cares about them, and you can’t beat her Disney-style customer service.

I’m very proud of her.