ANNOUNCEMENT: DisneyToon Studios Announces Planes!

The sky’s the limit as DisneyToon Studios proudly announces PLANES – a spectacular, full-length CG animated comedy action adventure movie for everyone set high above the world of CARS. PLANES will introduce an entirely original and hilarious crew of daredevils from every corner of the globe and draws inspiration from the immensely popular Disney•Pixar’s CARS world. PLANES will arrive on Blu-ray™ and DVD in Spring 2013.“We had such a great time exploring the world of ‘Cars’ over the course of … [Read more...]

A Chat with Young Bambi, Donnie Dunagan

Recently I was honored to take part in a chat with Donnie Dunagan, the voice of Young Bambi, to promote "Walt Disney: Bambi" available on Diamond Edition Blu-ray on March 1, 2011. Donald "Donnie" Roan Dunagan was born August 16, 1934 in San Antonio Texas. He made his film debut in "Mother Carey's Chickens" (1938), playing the son of the "Son of Frankenstein" (1939) and provided the voice of young Bambi for the 1942. Dunagan later became a career Marine (1952-77), serving in Vietnam and working … [Read more...]

Wednesday with Walt: Spreading the Magic

Walt Disney once said, "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." It has been said that Walt Disney would continually tell his cast members, "The customer is king" and "every cast member is responsible for the impression we make." He also encouraged them to  "take five minutes a day to make a magical memory for one of our guests." Former cast members have stated that Walt would walk around Disneyland with a … [Read more...]

D23 Behind the Magic Contest

Our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have released three new documentary titles on DVD: The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story , Walt & El Grupo and Waking Sleeping Beauty. These documentaries are available for 23 lucky D23 Members to win!One grand prize winner will be rewarded a three-day, two-night trip to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, where they will receive signed copies of these titles and the chance to mingle with the creative teams behind these … [Read more...]

Have You Seen The Lobby Tilework At Disney’s Grand Floridian?

On our November 2009 visit we weren't staying at the Grand Floridian (GF) as we have done several times in the past but we visited one day for Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Lounge. We saw the wonderful new tile work that was mostly complete with a little still in progress in the lobby area. Being the incurable photo hound that I am I took some pictures to share.The tile above was at the main entrance and the following pictures are all a part of that one section:The … [Read more...]

Wednesday with Walt: Our Family Motto

On the fireplace mantle in my living room sits a white picture frame adorned with gold, ornate Mickey ears on each side. There is no picture in this frame, but rather a very meaningful quote from Walt Disney. The quote is:"Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children's approach to life. They're people who don't give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a … [Read more...]

Classic Disney – Walt Disney Introduces the Multiplane Camera

Disney's invention of the multiplane camera was a groundbreaking achievement in film, enhancing the feeling of depth in traditional animation. This video showcases Walt's explanation of how the camera works from the "Tricks of Our Trade" episode of Disneyland, which aired February 13, 1957.Related articlesDisney Classic Coming to Bluray March 1st 2011 - Bambi Diamond Edition ( … [Read more...]

Brotherly Love!

I am sure you have gathered from reading my previous articles that I am an admirer and student of Walt Disney. From what I have read about his childhood, Walt and Roy Disney were always very close. From the time Walt was born, Roy (who was 8 years older) spent a lot of time with him. They were confidants, business partners, brothers and best friends. Throughout their lives they shared in devastating sorrows and celebrated larger-than-life accomplishments. When two people are that close, while … [Read more...]

Museum to honor life of Disney

Check out this article that talks about a Museum to honor the life of Walt Disney and his family.It is under construction now in San Fransisco. Click on the picture for the jump … [Read more...]

My Fab Five Magic Kingdom Attractions

Most of us really love the Magic Kingdom, and for many reasons. It is really the most "Walt Disney" of all the parks, it has so many attractions that Walt actually had a hand in, and it is full of fun and fantasy. I know we all have favorite attractions so I'll just give you mine in reverse order. You may be surprised!!5. "it's a small world" - I know, I almost don't believe it myself but there is something about the little figures, the cheeriness of the whole thing, and that "delightful" … [Read more...]