The Disney Tradition – Cast Member Training Video

By Keith Mahne

What you are about to see is extremely special! It’s the Disney University film that was used for new cast member orientations at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, The Disney Studio, WED Enterprises and other Disney facilities, from the early 1970’s through the late 1980’s. The film is a testament to a time when the Disney company understood and honored the traditions, values and standards of quality upon which it was founded. Knowing that every single cast member tasked with carrying on Walt Disney’s vision for his company during this time watched this video is what makes seeing this so significant. Continue after the page break as we watch the Disney University film Disney Traditions

And that my friends is what it’s all about!! What did you think of the video? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

One more thing, if you would like to learn more about “making magic” in your own career or business, be sure to grab a copy of Lee Cockerell’s book Creating Magic! No one knows more about this kind of leadership than Lee Cockerell, the man who ran Walt Disney World Resort operations for over a decade. Combining surprising business wisdom with insightful and entertaining stories from Lee’s four decades on the front lines of some of the world’s best-run companies, Creating Magic shows all of us – from small business owners to managers at every level – how to become better leaders by infusing quality, character, courage, enthusiasm, and integrity into our workplace and into our lives. You can grab your copy in the Amazon link below…

 
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The winner will win 2 tickets worth $300 for you and a guest. Your tickets will provide you access to seating in the room with Jodi Benson, Jodi’s Concert, a Q&A session with Jodi, dinner, and access to the Silent Auction. The evening will take place at the beautiful Artisan Club located inside Celebration, Florida. Raffle tickets are only $5 a piece. The raffle will end on June 30th at 12pm Central time and we will select our lucky winner on July 1st using randompicker.com. Grab your tickets now and enter to win this truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience!!

Proceeds will support the Walt Disney Birthplace project!
 
 
Jodi Benson Dinner Raffle Ticket
 
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More information can be found here!

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.



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Disney Avenue Raffle: A Magical Evening with Jodi Benson

Disney Avenue is extremely excited to kick off our very first raffle to support the Walt Disney Birthplace. This is your chance to win a magical evening with Jodi Benson, the voice of the Little Mermaid and support a great cause! Starting now until June 30th, we are offering you raffle tickets to have dinner with this amazing Disney Legend. Find out all the details and grab your raffle tickets now after the page break…

Here is your chance to win a fantastic evening with Disney Legend Jodi Benson by purchasing a raffle ticket to have a magical evening with the legend herself. The good folks at Legends Events are putting on a very special day filled with magic, laughter and fun with Disney Legend, Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.”

Join Legends Events on July 19th for an exciting and enchanting lunch at Walt Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant with Jodi Benson, followed by a trip on the whimsical “Journey of The Little Mermaid” ride with Jodi. This is limited to only 25 very special guests. Purchase a VIP ticket to guarantee a seat at the table with Jodi for lunch, and have the opportunity to sit in the same “Clamobile” with Jodi and ride the ride. A $25 dining certificate will also be provided for use at lunch. The VIP experience is limited to only five tickets.
After an afternoon break, guests will join Jodi for an intimate and formal evening in Celebration, Florida at The Artisan Club. The guests will enjoy a delicious meal, Q & A with Jodi and a wonderful full concert performed by Jodi and her pianist. The evening will also feature a silent auction with many special signed and one-of-a-kind items available with proceeds benefiting Legends Events charity of choice, the Walt Disney Birthplace restoration project. This experience is limited to only 60 guests.
Jodi Benson is best known for her performance as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” but she also voiced “Barbie” in “Toy Story 2 and 3,” hosted a weekend of EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional and appeared as Patrick Dempsey’s assistant, Sam, in Disney’s film “Enchanted.” She was named a Disney Legend in 2011.



This contest is only for the Evening and Concert portion of this magical experience. The winner will win 2 tickets worth $300 for you and a guest. Your tickets will provide you access to seating in the room with Jodi Benson, Jodi’s Concert, a Q&A session with Jodi, dinner, and access to the Silent Auction. The evening will take place at the beautiful Artisan Club located inside Celebration, Florida. Raffle tickets are only $5 a piece. The raffle will end on June 30th at 12pm Central time and we will select our lucky winner on July 1st using randompicker.com. Grab your tickets now and enter to win this truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience!!

Proceeds will support the Walt Disney Birthplace project!

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The Story Behind the Florida Press Confrence

By Keith Mahne

The year was 1964, Walt, through a variety of dummy corporations, secretly began buying large areas of land, sparking speculation about the identity of the mystery buyer. At the time, the average price for an acre of land was roughly $185. Howard Hughes, General Motors, General Electric, U.S. Steel, Boeing, and just about every other major corporation was under suspicion as the mystery buyer. There was even a group who believed it was the Mafia buying land in order to hide bodies in the swampland or to build a casino. While this mystery continued to escalate, Disney had to respond fast and so a major press conference was scheduled. Continue after the page break for the story behind the Florida Press Conference…

Charlie Ridgway

Disneyland’s 10th anniversary was approaching in 1965, and it was decided to make it Disney’s first year-long celebration. Disneyland publicist Charlie Ridgway coordinated the event and helped coin the term “Tencennial,” which was used on the logo and merchandising. Ridgway brought in groups of about a dozen reporters from various regions that were flown to Disneyland for the event over the 12-month-long celebration. Starting with the media in New York, reporters were wined and dined, got a tour of the park, and spent some time with Walt. Eventually, Disney got around to the Florida-Georgia-Alabama region. When several of the larger papers couldn’t make the trip, someone suggested including Orlando, a city that Ridgway didn’t know. Ridgway discovered that a local Orlando paper The Sentinel-Star had a respectable circulation, and so they were invited.



Emily Bavar with Walt Disney

They sent their editor of the newspaper’s Sunday Florida Magazine, Emily Bavar. Ms. Bavar arrived in Anaheim with instructions to find out if the rumors were true that Walt and his company were buying land in Florida. Her first question to Ridgway when she got off the plane was “What’s this we hear about Disney buying a lot of land in Florida?” Ridgway was completely unaware of the Florida Project, as a very select few Disney executives were, and so he honestly answered, “Beats me. You’ll have to ask Walt tomorrow at lunch.” Walt wasn’t anticipating there being any representatives from the Orlando area and was not ready for the questions. There were other Florida reporters on the trip that just ignored the subject as mere speculation and wrote nothing for their papers. But Emily Bavar knew something was up and quickly wrote the famous article that let the “mouse” out of the bag. On Sunday, October 24, The Sentinel-Star expanded Bavar’s story even more and ran the headline “We Say: ‘Mystery’ Industry is Disney” and revealed details of the coming project including the fact that Disney was planning on creating two cities. The two cities were to be called “Yesterday” and “Tomorrow.”

Here is the article in full:

Is Our “Mystery” Industry Disney?

Girl Reporter Convinced by Walt Disney

By Emily Bavar Thursday October 21,1965

Orange County’s 30,000 acre mystery industry site may turn out to be an aircraft testing ground, an electronics research center or even a washing machine factory.
But I predict nothing so mundane for the mystery site.
I predict it will be an extension of Walt Disney’s magic empire of fiction, fantasy and enormous wealth.

In sticking out my neck with such indifference to caution, I’ll go even farther and say the ultimate plan for the spread of acreage is something that could be hatched only in the fertile Disney imagination; that it will be worth watching and waiting for.
Before elaborating, let’s make it clear I have talked to no one connected with the sale of the property.

I have talked only to Walt Disney who, as I reported Sunday from California, did not say he had bought the property.

But neither did he say he had not bought it.

In his plush, studio offices in Burbank, Walt Disney did not confirm nor deny purchase of the Central Florida land and he adroitly hedged direct questions concerning it.
Whoever bought the land will announce it in time, he observed.
Did Disney know who had bought the land?

Well, you hear a lot of rumors. As a matter of fact, he had heard that he himself had bought it.

When he had had enough of the questioning he courteously explained that announcements of such magnitude must follow established corporate procedure and come from a board of directors.

Disney would not be free to confirm the purchase, he said, even if it were a fact.
And I firmly believe it is a fact.

Land purchases recently recorded in Osceola County reveal that property adjoining and enlarging the Orange County mystery site has been bought by Anaheim, California money.

Anaheim is the site of Disneyland.

Original rumors of the purchase included Disney and then spread to other businesses.
But as Nov. 15 date of announcement of the purchase draws near—when Gov. Burns and officials involved with the sale will be in Orlando to make the joint announcement—I am more and more inclined to return to the early guess that Orange and Osceola Counties are slated to have some kind of a second Disneyland.

I repeat: I have talked to no one involved in the sale.

I have talked only to Mr. Disney. And I sure have talked to him: at a late morning interview in his office, at lunch where I sat at his right and monopolized as much of the conversation as I could: and after lunch in the brilliant California sunshine when Mr. Disney wanted to know how his blue sky compared to ours.

Walt Disney, 63-year-old artistic genius of the Disney empire, may not be an officer of Walt Disney Productions, parent company which produces motion pictures, for theatrical and television distribution and operates Disneyland Park. But he’s the brains and the talent behind it even though the business is run by his brother, Roy, president and chairman of the board.

In talking to Disney, it became immediately apparent he had watched the Eastern United States with interest and speculation.

Though he underestimated the population of Florida by several million, Disney was familiar with Florida tourist figures, the activity around Cape Kennedy and the scenic Central Florida area centered by Orlando.

He mentioned Crystal River and expressed a sentimental interest in Daytona Beach where his parents lived early in their marriage.

He offered climate and population reasons why Florida would be unacceptable as a site for an amusement park and then showed how these same reasons could be overcome.
Yet, Walt Disney’s plans for expanding his empire would not necessarily stop at another Disneyland.

He indicated as much when I asked him if the New York Fair shows were moving to Disneyland, California.

“Of course,” was his quick reply, “There is only one Disneyland.” Then almost but not quite as an afterthought he added, “as such.”

Walt Disney likes to needle reporters, particularly Florida reporters, with reasons why their state is too hot, too wet, too unpopulous, too remote and otherwise unsatisfactory for a major attraction.

But it is my personal belief that Walt Disney has met and conquered these reasons.
I believe the imagination of the canny artist who rode to fame and fortune on an animated mouse named Mickey is capable of building anything from a park to an entire city in a Central Florida pasture.

Mr. Disney’s brand of talent and promotion is not necessarily limited to another Disneyland.

Or, as he put it himself, “as such.”
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General William Potter with Walt & Roy Disney

General William Potter, who after his work on the New York’s World Fair took over the job of handling the Disney Florida project, was staying at the Robert Meyer Motor Inn. When he went down to breakfast Sunday morning, he saw the paper’s headline and story. He immediately phoned California. Robert Price Foster  who was the lawyer in charge of purchasing Florida property under pseudonyms happened to be in Orlando at that time. When he saw the article, he immediately called Walt, fearing he would be blamed for the leak. Walt reassured him that he himself was to blame and took full responsibility. Bavar’s story was so enthusiastic and convincing that Walt knew they had to take some immediate action to control the story.

Governor Haydon Burns & Walt at the press conference

Walt immediately phoned Governor Haydon Burns who was in bed with a case of pleurisy at the time and decided it was time to let the cat out of the bag. Walt chose the following Monday, October 25, in Miami because Burns was scheduled to speak to the Florida League of Municipalities Convention to make it official that Walt Disney Productions “will build the greatest attraction yet known in the history of Florida.” Burns announced: “Walt Disney has extended to your governor the privilege of making the official announcement that Disney Productions is the mystery industry.” The announcement was followed by “wild applause.”

Walt greeted by fans as he arrives for press conference

The official confirmation to the press came as planned on November 15, 1965 at 2:00 p.m. in the Egyptian Room of the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, with Walt Disney, his brother Roy, and Governor Burns. In later years, Emily Bavar remembered that when she questioned Walt Disney in his office about whether his company was buying the land. “He looked like I had thrown a bucket of water in his face. I have never seen anyone look so stunned. He was too surprised, but then he recovered and said ‘No.’ He was not a good liar.”

The Florida Press Conference (the first 1:40 showing the arrival of Walt has no sound. Please be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player at the top left-hand corner of this page before you start the video if you are on a desktop computer.):

This 1965 film was produced by the Florida Development Commission to trumpet the potential economic benefits of the then-recently-announced Disney World project. Hosted by Governor Haydon Burns, the film includes footage of the November 15, 1965, press conference announcing Disney World:

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. 

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

Keith Mahne and Bob Gurr

Keith created Disney Avenue as a “happy place” where one can come to learn, enjoy, and escape each and every day. As our slogan goes, we hope you “Enjoy your stroll down Disney Avenue; it’s not Main Street, but it’s close to it!”

You can find all of Keith’s articles here.



More Songs Added to the Disney Avenue Music Player

By Keith Mahne

As you probably know by now, we always like to fill you in when we add new music to the Disney Avenue Music Player. Today, I’ve added an album that I think you’re really going to enjoy. Continue after the page break and have a listen…

We have just added 21 amazing ragtime takes on some of our favorite Disney classics by musician Chris Calabrese! Through his imaginative playing, Chris has brought a fresh approach to the jazz piano tradition. The once resident pianist for Disney theme parks in the United States and Tokyo, Calabrese is known for his ultra-fast, New Orleans-influenced style of piano playing. The songs from the album Ragtime at the Magic Kingdoms is a personal favorite and perfect fit for the Disney Avenue Music Player. Click the playlist button in the top right-hand corner of this page, scroll all the way to the bottom, and get whisked away in musical delight! (The Disney Avenue Music Player can only be accessed from a desktop computer.)

Here is the playlist for Ragtime at the Magic Kingdom:

1. Dearie / Sidewalks of New York / Smiles…
2. The Tiki Tiki Room / Let’s All Sing…
3. Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me) /…
4. Bear Band Serenade / Heart, We Did All…
5. Song of the South: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
6. Milenberg Joys
7. Hello Everybody / God Bless America /…
8. Castle Salute: Cinderella / Once Upon a…
9. Cinderella: Someday My Prince Will Come…
10. Peter Pan: You Can Fly, You Can Fly
11. Alice In Wonderland: All In the Golden…
12. Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Maroon Cartoon
13. Minnie’s Yoo Hoo / The Mickey Mouse…
14. Miracles from Molecules
15. If You Had Wings
16. (There’a A) Great Big Beautiful…
17. Meet the World
18. Golden Dream
19. Canada (You’re a Lifetime Journey)…
20. One Little Spark
21. It’s a Small World (After All)
22. Tony Thomas Interviews Walt Disney

You can grab your own personal copy of this amazing album and listen to the Walt Disney interview featured in it not included in our playlist in the Amazon link below:

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

 
 
 

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Darth Vader’s Very First Visit to Walt Disney World – 1977

By Keith Mahne

Long before the Walt Disney Company owned Star Wars or there were Star Wars weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Dark Lord of the Sith was visiting Disney property. In October of 1977, Darth Vader took time out from his busy schedule to visit the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (Downtown Disney today) during the height of the original Star Wars mania. Continue after the page break for a rare look into Darth Vader’s first appearance at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1977…

The day Darth Vader first visited the Walt Disney World Resort, a guest was lucky enough to be there and recalls that autographed posters were given out, which you can see in the background of the pictures above. Similar posters were once shown on the Antiques Roadshow in 2009 and are valued at over $2,000(!) today. The lines were very long at the signing and other stars from the movie were present, although everyone wanted to meet Darth Vader of course. Mark Hamill was also in attendance, but reports indicate his line was very small and that he left shortly after the event began. The signing took place at a location called the Captain’s Tower at the time and went on into the evening hours.

The structure pictured above on the right is the Captain’s Tower, an open air pavilion with a tall central spire that served as the central landmark of the Shopping Village. The tower use to host special events such as art displays, celebrity appearances, craft fairs and so on and is where the 1977 Darth Vader, Mark Hamill appearance took place. The pavilion has since been enclosed to become Disney’s Pin Traders in 2000 and much of the original structure actually still survives.

I guess we could say that this was the first “unofficial” start to Disney’s Star Wars weekends, don’t you think?!?

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. 



Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

Keith Mahne and Bob Gurr


You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

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Motion Monday: Marc Davis explaining the Haunted Mansion

By Keith Mahne

Welcome back to another Motion Monday article! This week we’ll see Marc Davis explaining the “elongating stretching room” in the Haunted Mansion for the Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Show in 1965. It’s a wonderful moment in time and a perfect fit for Disney Avenue’s Motion Monday segment! Have a look after the page break…

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.
 
 

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A Look Back at the Original Journey Into Imagination

By Keith Mahne

On March 5, 1983, the original Journey Into Imagination attraction debuted in FutureWorld at Epcot, introducing guests to Dreamfinder, Figment and a lovely little song titled “One Little Spark.” In today’s article, we’ll take a look back at the original Journey Into Imagination attraction as it appeared in 1983…

The original attraction’s storyline began with Dreamfinder gathering up materials to inspire new ideas. With the help of his imagination he creates a companion named Figment, who is described as having: “Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow. Horns of a steer – but a loveable fellow. From head to tail, he’s royal purple pigment and there, voila, you’ve got a Figment – a Figment of imagination!”

From here, Dreamfinder took Figment – and us guests – along on an exploration of the Dreamport, the place where the duo used their imaginations to try out new ideas in the arts, literature, technology and more.

The attraction’s Image Works post-show offered guests a chance to experiment with creativity hands-on in different activity stations, including Magic Palette (digital drawing), Lightwriter (laser writing/drawing technology), Bubble Music (image projection combined with sound), and other interactive fun.

The beloved Rainbow Corridor

The famous Rainbow Corridor/Sensor Maze, pictured above, assigned a color to each person who entered and followed the person throughout.

The attraction later became Journey Into Your Imagination in 1999, and the current version, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, debuted in 2002.

Here is the original Journey Into Imagination attraction taken in 1995 and in 1998. You’ll also see the Rainbow Corridor! (Please be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player at the top left hand corner of this page before you start the video if you are on a desktop computer):

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Journey Into Imagination attraction, have a look at this article I put together last year. Also, I highly recommend you have a listen to my interview with Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder character, for the Disney Avenue Podcast.

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. 



Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

All 54 Walt Disney Animation Movie Posters

By Keith Mahne

Have you ever seen every single Walt Disney Animation movie posters before? Let me just tell you that they are all beautiful, especially the older ones! From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Frozen, we are about to see the first-run theatrical poster for every movie released by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Are you ready? Continue after the page break and let’s have a look…

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.



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Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #13 – Floyd Norman Interview

Welcome to the April 2015 episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast! This month we have legendary animator Floyd Norman joining us. Though he prefers to be called a “cartoonist,” few other artists working in animation today can boast a career as varied as that of Floyd Norman. From the 1950s to today, Floyd’s diverse career, insightful viewpoint, and unflinching honesty have truly made him a Disney Legend. Have a listen to this amazing interview with an animation legend after the page break…

Floyd E. Norman was born on June 22, 1935. He once said, “I first recognized Walt Disney’s signature before I could read. I would see that famous signature on books and comics, and I asked my grandmother, ‘What is that name?’ She said, ‘That’s Walt Disney.’ I never forgot that name. I just felt like I wanted to work at the Disney Studio one day.”

When Floyd was in high school he managed to get a ride to the Disney Studio one Saturday morning. The studio was closed, but the security guard took pity on him. “I’ll never forget entering the gates of the Disney Studio and just walking down to the Animation Building,” Floyd recalled. “I didn’t know any Disney artists, but I knew the names, because I had seen these names in the screen credits. Floyd didn’t get the job that day, but he says the company was very encouraging and that they suggested he go to art school.

Floyd returned a few years later, at a time when Disney was not only expanding, it was exploding. The studio was probably the busiest it had been in many years. The company was just moving into television, Disneyland was under construction, it was doing feature films, and also shorts at that time. Floyd once stated, “I don’t think I even saw Walt Disney the first few weeks, because he was so busy. I couldn’t have chosen a better time to start at Disney.”

Floyd worked as an in-betweener and animator on Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book, along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Floyd left Disney to co-found the AfroKids animation studio with animator and director Leo Sullivan. Floyd and Sullivan worked together on various projects, including the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert television special, which aired in 1969 on NBC.

Floyd returned to Disney in the early 1970s to work on Robin Hood, was a layout artist on Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, an animator on Jabberjaw, character designer and key layout artist on The New Fred and Barney Show, and key layout artist on The Kwicky Koala Show.

More recently, he worked on Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. for Pixar and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan for Disney, among others. He has continued to work for The Walt Disney Company as a consultant on various projects. Floyd became a Disney Legend in 2007 and has also published several books of cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry, including Faster! Cheaper!, Son of Faster, Cheaper!, and How The Grinch Stole Disney. He also has a wonderful blog about animation and his amazing career which you can find here.

The Disney Avenue Podcast is thrilled to bring to you the legendary animator himself. Enjoy!

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The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank Geren Piltz for his contributions to this show!

A Walk in the Park: Tomorrowland Movie Preview at Disneyland

By Daisy Sparks

Last weekend, an exclusive and extended preview of the upcoming movie, Tomorrowland , began its run at the Tomorrowland Theater (also known as the Magic Eye Theater). The theater previously hosted previews for Big Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy. This movie really ties into the area so it makes perfect sense that a special preview is being shown in this particular venue. Let’s have a look at what’s being done at the Tomorrowland Theater for the Tomorrowland movie in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

There are no 3D glasses handed out as it is not a 3D movie. There was this sign to put people on notice with the following warnings.

As you walk in the queue, you can see how they made some cosmetic changes. There is also this cool banner to set the tone of what you might see.

This placard was very helpful to understand the next set of photos. Of course the director, Brad Bird, and his team would take extra care with attention to details.

After I viewed the preview, I could appreciate their work in creating the scenes. These signs give great detail to not only how the production took great pains to re-create the look and feel of the 1964 World’s Fair, but to make them come alive on screen.

I remembered that back in January, “it’s a small world” had been closed for several more days to allow for filming of this movie. The preview I viewed showed some of these scenes shot in the attraction. It was cool knowing I was viewing film footage that was shot not too far from where I was sitting. It really ties in how the 1964 World’s Fair and this particular attraction plays into the story of this movie.

Here are the rest of the signs that were highlighted in the queue area of the Tomorrowland Theater.

My family and I were able to see the preview last Friday. The movie preview employed the mechanics and lighting of the theater to enhance certain scenes.

In addition to the extended movie preview, around the corner from the theater exit is the Tomorrowland Movie Exhibit. There is artwork to view as well as props from the movie.

Around the theater area, the trashcans have also been themed to support the movie preview.

After viewing the preview, we are very excited to see it. It looks like an action-packed movie, too. Don’t forget that director, Brad Bird, was also responsible for The Incredibles. The music is by Michael Giacchino who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Up. The references to Walt Disney and some Disneyland attractions also makes it worthy to watch. Tomorrowland opens in theaters May 22nd.

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Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.

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