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.
I took this photo of the Christmas scene in the #CarouselOfProgress attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Although it’s in the show year-round, I thought it was appropriate to post for this time of year. I’ve loved the Carousel of Progress since I used to see it in Disneyland back in the 1970s! I vividly remember the sad day that I went to see it and was told the attraction was closed forever. While the show was moved to Florida and is quite a bit different than the one I used to see, I still can’t believe I am able to bring my own boys to see it, with the rotating theater and the classic Sherman Brothers song, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” I posted this picture and lots more on my Instagram, come join me there https://www.instagram.com/mouse_clubhouse/
What a thrill it was to witness the Candlelight Processional this year at Epcot. This Christmas tradition began at Disneyland in 1958 and features different guest narrators each year. On this night, the guest was 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist in gymnastics, Laurie Hernandez.
The setting is quite different than the Disneyland version, which takes place in front of the Disneyland Railroad station in Town Square. In Epcot the Candlelight Processional appears on a stage in the American Adventure pavilion, which I found to be equally as effective for a moving and inspirational performance.
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.)
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/
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.
Here are some more never-before-seen photos of Walt Disney World under construction. These were taken by Donald M. Gardner, who was the chief electrical engineer at MAPO, the manufacturing department at Walt Disney Imagineering. An electrical and mechanical engineer, Don worked not only on the opening of Walt Disney World, but also worked on Disneyland projects and attractions such as the Walt Disney World monorail. Enjoy!
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.