Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 D23 Fanniversary Recap

Last month I attended the D23 Fanniversary at the Disney Studio lot.  Just like the first year's event, I found it a fun entertaining event.  This year there were four buttons to choose from.  I took the Small World button, but the selection also included a Mickey from MGM studios, Mary Poppins, and a Donald.
Snow White is back up in front of the Studio

Here is a recap of all the anniversarys celebrated:

5 years
Modern Family

10 years
The Incredibles

15 years
The Phantom Menace
Toy Story

*17 years
Star Wars weekends

20 years
Lion King
Disney's Aladdin animated series
Tower of Terror

25 years
Disney's MGM Studios
The Little Mermaid
Adventures Club
Typhoon Lagoon

30 years
Splash Mountain
Toucthstone Pictures
Muppet Babies
Disney Afternoon

35 years
Muppet Move
Dig Thunder Railroad

45 years
Love Bug
Haunted Mansion

50 years
Mary Poppins
1964 World's Fair (It's a Small World, Tower of the Four Winds, Mr. Lincoln, Progressland, Ford's Magic Skyway)

55 years
Darby O'Gill and the little People
Sleepy Beauty
The E-ticket

60 years
20,000 Leauges Under the Sea
Davy Crockett
Disneyland TV show

65 years
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

70 years
3 Caballeros

75 years
Marvel Comics

880 years
Donald Duck

5 years
The Silly Symphonies

We were able to see lots of footage, clips, and exclusives including: Alice Davis talking about why the in the final scene all the kids are wearing white, gold, and silver (to symbolize purity preciousness, life, and joy).  We saw video of the Tower of the Four winds in an LA shipping yard.  Poor Mr. Lincoln was shot at with sling shots and ball berings being handed out to kids at the fair.  We saw the test footage on the studio of how to load and unload people on the Skyway vehicles.  The D23 team took pictures next to some of the props from Darby O'Gill that the archives has.  We saw some outtake film of Krik Douglass trying to work with his difficult co-star (the seal).  They showed us animation cells from Muppet Babies of Nanny - headless.  Stan Lee talked to us (via video) about the creation of Spiderman.  We heard Howard Ashman sing poor unfortunate souls, a very strange Evil, Evil song from Sleeping Beauty, and Richard Sherman sing Chimpanzoo from Mary Poppins.  One of the sound guys showed us a xylophone that Jim McDonald built for the Skeleton dance.  The archive team brought in two props: Mary Poppins Hat and a Duckster.  Tony Baxter explaining the difference in Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's Big Thunder Mountain (Charming vs. Spectacular).  We saw outtakes of Walt filming the Disneyland TV show and some footage of Donald's 50th anniversary show.

All in all it was a fun event.  Floyd Norman (animator) was there in person and chatted with the audience.  At the end of the show, you could wait in line and have your picture taken with the archive pieces, Floyd, and the two hosts.

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