Sunday, March 28, 2010
I was reading the Disney and more blog when I found out that Popular Science Magazine has all thier magiznes archived on thier website. Searching for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will produce quite a few hits. The January 1938 issue has an article "Putting a Fairy Tale on Screen." In the article there is a discussion of the various sound capturing techinques used. There is also article on a marionette kit of Dopey in the October 1938 issue. Some of the hits bring up adds for just that kit. Even searching for Disney gives you quite a few hits. I haven't finished searching and reading yet - there's a wealth of information out there!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
you find on the D23 website.
Passholders (and ticket holders) who were in the park at closing time (8) were escorted into the hub area to wait until the party began at 9. We choose to leave to have dinner and returned at 8:45 when wristbands were let in. Then we waited hub together for the party to start. Having been a cast member at Disneyland I am well versed in 'Disney time' and wasn't surprised when cell phones switched to 9 pm we were still listening to Disneys' Music from the Park and waiting for the party to begin. The voice of Disneyland announced a welcome and we heard the begining of Disney's opening day speech. They then welcomed us with a few fireworks and a bottleneck into Fantasyland.
We were toward the end of the line so we bypassed the castle and walked around the side of the Matterhorn. This lead us directly into Small World plaza where we got in line to take a picture with Mickey.
Most of the attratctions were running, the exceptions being the Matterhorn and the Carousel. The longest wait was for Peter Pan, but it wasn't bad. In fact, they also were showing Captain EO and had the Astro Orbitor open too. They also had the Star Trader, It's a Small World Toy Shop, Le Petit Chalet Gifts, Castle Heraldry, Royal Street Sweets, The Mad Hatter, and the one in the castle (don't remember the name) all open. It wasn't anything we couldn't get any other time though so I didn't see much shopping. In fact, there was no D23 merchandise anywhere.
There were lots of media and Disney 'VIPs' walking around the park (ie Dave Smith and Tony Baxtor). Some allowed people to form lines for pictures or autographs. You had to know who you were looking for and be good a reconginzing the people. I was kind of sad it wasn't more offical because it was more luck if you ran into them, but it did create a more relaxed atmosphere. The Village Haus was closed as a place for the VIPs and D23 employees. They had a little Disneyland history with the Roundabout Walt used to drive around the park.
When leaving the party you could walk down mainstreet or ride one of the omnibus, firetrucks, or other main street vehicles. The park was very empty looking. Reminded me of my old cast member days. Everyone got a giant pin for the first anniversary (the same that was given in Disney World).
The event overall? It was expensive and inconvenient being in the middle of the week. The character locations were dark and unpredictable and who knew if you'd find a VIP at all. Plus there was no D23 merchandise. And the elclairs did run out early in the night. But all and all it was a fun night and I'd do it again.
Friday, March 5, 2010
With the Academy Awards upcoming this Sunday there is a wide variety of information about Oscars of the past. For a nice look at Walt's history with Oscar see the D23 article.
In 1939 the 11th award ceremony took place at the Biltmore Hotel. The ceremony was on Februray 23 (a Thursday - no less) and was hosted by Frank Capra, the then Academy President. You Can't Take it With You took the grand prize (and what a great movie it is). Spencer Tracy and Betty Davis took home the top awards. Four out of the five best short cartoon were Disney (Ferdinand the Bull won).
And Walt Disney was given special recongniztion for: "a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon."
You can see the Oscars at the Walt Disney Family Museum. You can find a list and some pictures of other Oscars here. On March 23 1986 Tony Danza hosted Walt Disney Goes to the Oscars: you can find this special posted in YouTube.