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  • Blog Post: Are you ready for this? "Disney Princess Cereal" !?

    I have to admit that I'm not all that enthusiastic when it comes to breakfast cereals these days. But maybe that's because I'm a guy in my mid-forties. Which means that -- if I've got a box of cereal in front of me on the breakfast table -- chances are that this food product will prominently feature...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: A guided tour of Disneyland circa 1963

    When I was asking David Koenig when we were going to get the next installment in his MousePlanet column describing the first guided tours at Disneyland, he shared with me the great news that Cicely Rigdon is supposedly writing a book about her experiences. Some Disney fans may know Cicely as the "Keeper...
  • Blog Post: Requiem for a Gag Man

    I was taking a noontime stroll on the Walt Disney studio lot some years ago with veteran animation writer/director, Chuck Couch when he pointed to a building known as The Studio Bungalow and said, "I used to work in that building on the old Hyperion lot in Silver Lake. Although Chuck had done pretty...
  • Blog Post: Trail Mix-Up: What a Party!

    Waaaaay back in 1994, Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida finished its second Roger Rabbit Short, "Trail Mix-Up" (The first, being of course "Roller Coaster Rabbit", and there was one started before "Trail", but never completed, called "Hare in My Soup"). It was my first project with the mouse, and...
  • Blog Post: When it comes to Pixar, the Mouse is sending very mixed messages

    Greetings from the exhibition floor at SIGGRAPH 2005 . Where it's really hard to know what to think ... Particularly when it comes to the Walt Disney Company. What do I mean by that? Well, let's start by talking about that rather slick recruiting film that's running repeatedly at the WDFA booth (No....
  • Blog Post: Disney showcases upcoming animated films at SIGGRAPH 2005

    There is nothing Mickey Mouse about the Walt Disney Company's efforts at SIGGRAPH 2005 . Photo by Nancy Stadler As you tour the main exhibition hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center , there's no way you can miss Walt Disney Feature Animation's booth. Easily one of the more impressive exhibits on...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: The Florida Neverlands

    Jim Hill is reportedly writing a book called "Neverlands," which will talk about various Disney theme parks that were announced but ultimately never built. Based on recent conversations with Jim, I suspect that Mr. Hill's also going to touch on other themed developments that never quite made it off the...
  • Blog Post: Ollie Johnston and the "Marie E" Steam-Up at Disneyland

    After the hustle and bustle of the festivities to kick off the 18-month long celebration of Disneyland's 50th anniversary, there was a quiet ceremony the following Monday to honor a true Disney legend - Ollie Johnston. And what an honor it was! Among other things, Ollie shared his passion for railroading...
  • Blog Post: Are annual passholders good or bad for the Disney theme parks?

    Imagine if you will, you pay a lot of good money to become a member of a private exclusive club. You expect and get treated well. Your clubs are cleaned. Your name is known by all the employees. Your opinion on changes to the place is sought out. But suddenly, one day, your exclusive domain is shattered...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - A "Black & White " Day at Disneyland

    One of the goals I set for myself was to try and capture images that might reflect what a typical guest day at Disneyland would have been like using the trusty Brownie Hawkeye. That meant looking for scenes that would fill the bill, out and about the Park. Unlike other point and shoot cameras of today...
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